Incredibly bad cramps and fatigue

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.

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  • Hi hannah, it could be a number of things going on like a virus or deficiency so the best bet is to go to your docter who will most probably test your blood to see if anything shows up. Hope you feel better soon and try not to worry at this stage. Let us know how it goes. X

  • I'd say to go and get yourself checked would be where to start. Write everything down, how you've been feeling, symptoms etc and take it with you. Good luck, I hope someone can help xx

  • Oh bless you Hun , I would go & see your GP write all your worry so down , but you may be short of iron that can make you feel fatigued &I you might have a viral infection , have lots rest get outside in the fresh air , & make an appointment to see your GP. Good luck.

  • Hi all, luckily (and unluckily) my flatmate called an ambulance when I collapsed in the shower last night. They checked me over because I mentioned having a sore foot, and did all the ecg stuff and so on, but I said I'd rather stay home if all they could do at the hospital is give me rest.

    I am going to see my GP first thing tomorrow with a copy of the ECG as the doc will be able hopefully to get tests done, and try and work out whats up with me.

    Part of me does wonder whether I should have taken up their offer of going to the hospital but I thought bedrest and water and toast would be best. They did say to call back if anything happened though.

    Luckily I'm feeling a bit better. Still pretty awful, but my doc is only a hop and skip away from me so hopefully he can try and help after a nights rest.

    Thanks for heads up peeps, your suggestions definitely came in handy.

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