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Contraction like pains

Hi, this is all new to me. I have been having pain during my period for the last 3 or 4 cycles. The pain is like a contraction and sometimes makes me rush to the loo for a poo. I also have this pain when I am on the toilet. This month (right now) I am experiencing pain like a poker up my bum, it takes my breath away and has been going on all day. I am just taking ibroprofen, paracetamol and buscopan, it's not helping much. A few weeks ago I finally got to see my gp who is referring me to have an internal ultrasound. I have read up on endometriosis and think this is what I am experiencing.

Does anyone have any advice to help the pain I am in right now, I have a hot water bottle and am just laying on the sofa with intermittent pain. Thank you

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hi. It does sound like endometriosis pain so I hope you get seen quickly. Everything you've mentioned for is good, might be worth going back to gp to see if something stronger can be prescribed whilst you wait for your appointment. I have endometriosis and I do find what I eat affects my pain, gluten, wheat, sugary treats and to much dairy all seem to make my pain alot worse so worth seeing if something your eating makes your pain worse.

hope your pain ease's quickly.



Thank you for replying, that sounds like a snapshot of my diet. So far it is only on day 2/3 of my period, I hope it doesn't get worse.

I'm currently breastfeeding my daughter who just turned 2, she has her own health issues as well as being very clingy. So because of this I will have to be careful what I take in the way of painkillers. On the other hand I can't carry on like this.

Does anyone know whether the ultrasound will be pointless, do I need to push for a gynecologist referral? X


Hi, sounds like what i get. I have contraction pains on off during month even on ovulation. Sitting down can cause me discomfort and also pains pushing for a poo.

Im talking to my gp about as need to be referred back to genealogist after having my son.

Breast feeding can also cause slight contractions in newborn months. You may find your daughter more clingy (feeding more) during your cycle as the hormones change the milk to more creamy sweeter taste.

I found hot water bottles / baths or a good movie helps with taking your mind off it. X


hi. How are you feeling today? I hope it's settling. Have you tried yoga stretches? That used to help with my back pain alot but I'm not allowed to do it at the moment. I loved breastfeeding our daughter, she's know nearly 6 going on 16 with the tantrums to match! Ultrasound scans can be helpful to find possible cyst and areas that might be of concern. I've found it depends on the person doing it as to how helpful it's been experience really pays off with it and some will talk you through what they are seeing and others won't. Id push for a referral anyway as with a lo you don't want to be struggling every month.

good luck. Xx


I have these symptoms for years. I've been convinced I'm having a baby many times due to the similarity in the pains! I eventually went back on the contraceptive pill and this helped with my pain.

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I'm a lot better today. Yesterday the cramps were all day. Today I have only had 2 or 3. I do feel very tender though and worried to go to the loo in case it happens again.

I may phone the Dr to ask if they can refer me to the gynecologist while I wait for the ultrasound​. I also need to write down how it felt and how severe it was, last month there was nothing until my next period I I want to be able to describe it properly. I was layed up all day yesterday and was good for nothing. If that happens on a day when I have school runs I'm going to really struggle.


Since my hysterectomy I don't get periods and had lapr surgery to remove endo but it does come back 10fold I'm tried of how it limited my life and the lack of support we get from doctors plus waiting game.


Well here I am again, my next period and the pain is back again. I almost thought I had escaped it when it didn't happen yesterday. I have been taking the transemic acid the GP gave me. I do seem to be bleeding less but that wasn't really the problem.

The cramps and spasms came when I was in my 2 year old's swimming lesson. I was on my hands and knees in the changing room ( cubicles thankfully!) I then had to drive home hoping I wouldn't get a bad one.

I have been stuck with what to take for the pain as I'm breastfeeding still. I have been taking a cocktail of buscopan, feminax and paracetamol. I bought some solpedeine but have been waiting to hear whether I can take when breastfeeding. I have decided to take it once she's in bed.

The GP made me do a blood test and refered me for an ultrasound. That was a month ago and when I called to chase up the scan they told me I should have called the hospital myself after the referral to make the appt!?! So a few wasted weeks with my appt now not until the beginning of July.

The pain seems to be mostly in my back passage with a pulling spasm type pain. Every time I need to go to the toilet it is agony. I wonder if things have fused together and this is adding to the pain? I remembered that when I was pregnant they found large cysts on my ovaries which went away after birth. I wonder if this has been going on for longer than I think but disguised by previous contraception.

Sorry for the huge post and the over sharing!


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