Period. Pain.

Dear friendliest friends (especially for females),

You know that it is the time of the month when you get pre-menstrual symptoms such as headaches, low back pain, loss of appetite etc. Personally for me, my ribs gets all tight and it aches tremendously followed by really sharp low back pain that is annoying.

Pain during menstruation is typically muscular in nature and is related to hormonal changes. Prostaglandins hormones that are released during a menstrual cycle functions to promote the contraction of the uterus in order to shed the uterine lining can affect the lower back muscles. Too much of this prostaglandins may lead to painful menstruation due to heavy contractions. This heavy contraction can cause low back pain as the pain radiates from the lower abdomen into the lower back.

Women who gets bad cramps would want to take note of these tips to reducing cramps.

Image1. Over-the-counter anti inflammatories.

2. Exercise regularly as it reduces low back pain and cramps through releasing of endorphins which counteract prostaglandins.

3. Eat healthy and take nutritional supplements with vitamin B and magnesium.

4. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.

5. Apply heat or take warm baths. This relaxes the contracting muscles in the uterus. Use heat packs for this or a hot water bottle or hot wheat packs.

6. Avoid sinful chocolate and caffeine.

7. Avoid alcohol and smoking.

8. Drink chamomile tea. The tea has pain-relieving properties.

Low back pain that lingers after menstruation or leg pain or weakness indicates that it is not related to prostaglandins. Please make an appointment to further evaluate the cause of the low back pain.

p.s: Did you know ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine?

 

 

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