For example, today I was woken up by my period starting and the cramping alongside it. It's the first week of classes and I had to go to my morning class (normally I would have to skip on a day like today), so I got up - took my tylenol, had breakfast and went to class. Class started at 9, I took the tylenol at about 8. The pain was so bad that I started to hyperventilate during my class and was constantly fidgeting/massaging my knees (my hips & knees both ache during cramping). After the class was done I went outside and seriously considered going over to campus health to ask them for some kind of pain relief but decided against it because too many times have I been told by health professionals to 'get over it'.
I used to have a mirena which was great because I didn't have periods and that meant no cramps but after 2 years I started getting cramping again (even though I still had no period). During the mirena insertion the doctors did a sounding and whatever else to investigate my womb because they knew about my history of painful cramps (which I should say runs in the family) but they said there was no obvious reason for the pain.
Is there anything I can do to lessen my amount of pain? I am literally useless for the first two days of my period. I can't take vicodin (makes me nauseous) or ibuprofen (I have IBD) so tylenol is really the only option for pain relief that I'm aware of.