Hi all, would really love some sort of reassurance right about now because I'm worried there might be something wrong with me but it feels difficult to actually work out what is going on.
I've had incredibly bad period pain and cramps for about the past week, and it's completely knocked me for six and I have never felt this bad from period pain (after having had them at a pretty bearable level for about 8-9 years). It's why I think this is so out of the ordinary, usually I can deal with things and a few painkillers and a hot water bottle will do the trick, but this feels horrendous and I've felt like fainting almost every time I get up. I'm eating and keeping hydrated (as much as I can while feeling bad anyway) but I'm feeling so incredibly fatigued and like my head, lungs and body are just finding things difficult. I feel both really heavy, and really light-headed. I've already fainted/fallen twice in the past few days and my sleeping pattern is now a mess.
I have mental health issues, and sure, I sometimes pass out in the midst of a really bad panic attack, but that hasn't happened for ages. I don't feel like I can pinpoint the pain in my brain and body as mental illness. It is making my anxiety worse over the last day or so though, as often I fear what is wrong with my health.
Anyone have any suggestions what this might be and how I could go about checking what it is? Is it CFS, reproductive organ issues, anaemia, some sort of deficiency, or just a blip?
It's starting to worry me, but I've no idea whether to go to the doc because I'm expecting them to just say 'oh it's just bad period pain, you'll be fine'.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.