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Menstrual cramps while running RESEARCH

Please respond to this thread by listing the number of the symptom(s) you DO have. Please add more symptoms (with numbers) if you feel I missed some. Adding your age, height and weight may be helpful. Also, please feel free to contribute research facts and websites.

Which of these SYMPTOMS do you have?

#1 Menstrual like cramping pain brought on by vigorous exercise. Note: If you do not experience this you may be responding to the wrong thread!
#2 The urge to vomit/ bowel movement
#3 Bad circulation in hands and feet (often cold)
#4 Tipped uterus
#5 Menstrual cramping pain during/ after intercourse
#6 Higher than average heart rate
#7 Menstrual cramping pain that onsets 10-20 minutes into a run
#8 Menstrual cramping pain that lasts 5-10 minutes
#9 Menstrual cramping pain that begins 2 weeks prior to menstrual bleeding
#10 Menstrual cramping pain reduced/ depleted through the use of contraceptives
#11 Menstrual cramping pain reduced/ depleted through the use of pain killers

I'll start 24; 5'5'' 110lbs. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Wed. Apr 7, 5:07am

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How about a little more explanation? Your title says "while running" but your symptom list doesn't mention running or if you are asking if thsese symptoms come on during running. (well #1 mentions exercise but overall the whole thing is unclear).

Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 10:35 AM

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This thread was posted an the account of another similar thread called "Pain while running." Have you seen this thread? The pain seems to affect people most while running, but it is also triggered in some people while biking, swimming, playing soccer or basketball and many other sports that involve running or vigorous exercise. I am only attempting to gather information for research. What I am asking is actually pretty simple. I am asking people who have the pain to list what symptoms they have. I am doing this in an attempt to discover the most common symptom(s) people are experiencing. Once I know which symptoms are most common, I can zone in on these symptoms to try and figure out what is causing the pain.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 3:24 PM

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A tipped uterus is not a symptom of anything, it's a physical issue.

Bad circulation in your hands and feet is another physical issue.

This is the oddest thread going right now. It makes no sense. What exactly are you trying to accomplish? Are you doing your own research and want people to come running like lemmings to help you? Do you even know the definition of symptoms?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 3:43 PM

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I'm still a little confused by this too. Are you wanting people who ache when running to respond if they have also always suffered from one of these other things? Or, are you wanting people who suffer from these things to respond if they think the running brought on these symptoms or made them worse?

I'm not sure how intercourse pain is related to running (and now I have a funny image in my head of two people trying to have sex while jogging in the park!).

Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 4:23 PM

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WOw, that is ridiculous! A considerable amount of people who experience this menstrual cramp like pain have mentioned experiencing some if not all of these issues. A better word than symptoms would actually be issues. I wrote the original thread at 2AM, and I apologize for that confusion. I just want to organize the facts. I am a scientist and would like to study this issue further, however I need more information from the people that are actually experiencing this pain. If you do not experience this pain dont' worry about it! I now realize this way is not effective, because as you mentioned, I can not expect people to come running to help. Too bad really. I am currently investigating this problem with other Biomedical scientists. I am obviously collecting data in more ways than one.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 6:36 PM

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More simple approach

The only way anyone could really understand this thread is if they reference the thread "Pain while running." This thread was not well thought out, and as I mentioned I understand that now ;) There is no need for more rude comments on this thread. If you have a tipped uterus and you experience menstrual cramp like pain while running or doing high intensity exercise please respond. Nice and simple. Thank you.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 7:11 PM

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Recently, I was unable to finish a race because I started getting pelvic menstrual like cramps but I was not ready to start my period. I was so upset that I had to walk part of the race. I have been training for the past month and experience this pain almost every time I run. My doctors had no answers. I have endometriosis and a tilted uterus but they couldn't explain why running is causing this pain even when I'm not ready to start my period. I experience very painful menstrual like cramps when I bike really hard or run hard. It is NOT a stich or "runner's cramp." Breathing doesn't play a roll on pelvic/uterine period like pain. I have been running for 20 years!I love to job but over the past month the cramps got worse. I get the cramps after I run 2 miles or about 15 minutes into my run if I'm running fast. I had to stop running and I was double up on the side of the road for about 10 minutes waiting for the pain to subside. Once the pain stopped, I was able to resume my run. Based on what I have read in medical literature, prostagladins cause inflammation, restrict blood flow, and cause the cramps. Once the inflammation goes down and my blood starts to go back into my uterus/pelvic area, the pain goes away which explains why I can resume the run.

After seeing so many other female runners blogging about the same problem, I was determined to find an answer so I can resume running without pain. I wanted to share research I discovered. Prostaglandins trigger cramps. This inflammatory response causes a restriction in blood vessels, inhibiting blood flow to the uterus and causing the cramps.Here are the common solutions: Birth control pills. Omega Fatty 3 &/or 6 acids block protaglandins. NSAIDs also inhibit the release of protaglandins 400- 600mg of ibroprofen or advil 30 minutes prior to running. Tylenol doesn't work. If you can't take NSAIDS orally due to stomache or GI irritation
, get a prescription Voltaren Gel, Hexal Diclac Anti-inflammatory Gel (generic name diclofenac sodium) which is a topical NSAID and apply it to your pelvic area 3x a day on the days you run.

I'm 42 y/o so I chose not to take BC which was preventing cramps. I then started taking NSAID but had to stop. I was taking so many NSAID orally that I started having GI problems which I why I'm excited to find Voltaren Gel topically. I apply it to my pelvic area 3x a day (and right before I run) and now I can run again!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 7:27 PM

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I've been running for over 10 years and have had uterine pain during running the entire time (that is, after ovulation and before period). It's really hard to be on a cross country team or track team and have to sit down. Or when you're running with guys and you have to say "uhhh, my STOMACH hurts...yea..." It's so painful, and it's surprising to me that there isn't a name for it

Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 7:29 PM

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6:36 ~ we aren't Guinea pigs. And if you're a scientist wouldn't you know the difference between a tipped uterus being a physical attribute than a symptom. And pain during sex? That's got nothing to do with running. Seriously. I find this whole thread beyond comprehension.

And, FYI, you can't organize "facts" when you have none. What you are attempting to gather are opinions, not facts. Only in a controlled study, and even then it's questionable, can you gather "facts."

Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 7:35 PM

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I have endo...this is a common symptom of endo, unfortunately. I don't know if this happens to women who don't suffer with the disorder, though--I have had these issues since my very first period at age 12. In HS I used to get SEVERE cramping, especially during more intense track workouts.


Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 7:35 PM

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