I don't really have a question, I just wanted to share some of the ways I've come to cope with really bad PMS, because I know a lot of women suffer from it. I'll cut for length.
I actually didn't get PMS (I'm talking wild emotions) until I was 26. Then it got longer and more severe each year, until it was lasting for two solid weeks. Half my life I had PMS that made me paranoid, hysterical, depressed, furious, and hyper-sensitive, and the other half of my life I was terrified of my PMS coming back, getting longer. I'd go from being a logical even-handed person to a ranting crying maniac, which was affecting my work and my relationship. It also triggered the hell out of my PTSD, complicating everything.
I went to the doctor and was offered two options: The Pill and Prozac. Now, i'd been in the pill before and when on it my body basically stopped producing estrogen. So during the week of the sugar pill I'd go through terrible estrogen withdrawal (I wouldn't wish it on anybody) so I turned that down. And I wasn't going on freaking Prozac until menopause. Now I follow all the rules – I take vitamins, no caffine, no alcohol, no tobacco, I exercise 5-7 days a week. I altered my diet – gave up red meat and pork, increased vegetables.
SO, not to sound like an advertisement, but I tried various naturopathic remedies and then I finally found a supplement on Amazon – Fem Rebalance (Vitanica is the brand). I took it twice a day and slowly my PMS got shorter and shorter. Less severe. Now I'm a bitch for day like everybody else! And now I don't have to take it every day, I can just take it when I start to show symptoms and I notice the difference within like 6 hours. It's also worked really well for several of my friends, and even for two of my partners coworkers. It's like a menstrual cup – I just *HAVE* to pass the word.
Didn't help me at all with physical symptoms (I still have cramps from hell and get anemic) but physical pain I can deal with.
Sorry this is so long… I just know a lot of women suffer like I did, and I wouldn't wish it on anybody.
If you guys have any advice on how to deal with crippling cramps (besides IB profin, exercise, water, crampbark, heat, and calcium, which I do each month) I'd love to hear advice.