The Dangers Of Taking Pain Medication Too Often If You Experience Pain During Menstruation?

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good morning .. u003cbr u003edok I am 23 years old, and in the last 4 years every time I menstruate my stomach feels excruciating pain, just to move out of bed it hurts, almost fainting every month. u003cbr u003 always taking lapistan medicine or ponstan (obtaining toothache), and after i took it, my stomach got better and it didn’t hurt anymore.

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Hi Ika,

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Pain that occurs during menstruation can naturally occur due to contractions of the lining of the uterine muscle (myometrium) which clamps the blood vessels, causing the uterine cells to experience hypoxia. However, normal pain should be mild, improved with rest, warm compresses, or over-the-counter pain relievers.

If the pain you feel is very severe, even to the point of making it difficult for you to do even light movements, causing the sensation of wanting to faint, then you need to have your complaint checked directly with an obstetrician and gynecologist so that a more in-depth evaluation can be done, for example via ultrasound.

Taking pain relievers, such as those containing mefenamic acid, can indeed help relieve menstrual pain, but not necessarily cure it. What's more, consumption of mefenamic acid without proper medical indication and also not done under the supervision of a doctor is very risky to cause dangerous side effects, such as allergies, gastrointestinal bleeding, blood clotting disorders, increased stomach acid, shortness of breath, stomach pain, and so on. Therefore, avoid taking this drug carelessly. It will be safer if you take over-the-counter drugs, for example paracetamol to reduce pain before seeing a doctor. However, still, you must do a doctor's examination so that complaints do not keep recurring and recurring.

Some of the conditions that often trigger very intense menstrual pain are:

Endometriosis (endometrial tissue that grows outside the uterus, can be in the fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina, to the abdominal cavity) Adenomyosis (endometrial tissue grows to reach the muscle layer of the uterus, or myometrium) Myoma (benign uterine muscle tumor) Pelvic inflammation (inflammation begins from the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, to the ovaries Stenosis (narrowing) of the cervix Side effects of birth control, for example IUDs, etc. Instead of taking continuous pain medication, you should check with your doctor directly so that it is clear what causes your complaint and what it looks like the best treatment to overcome it.That way, you no longer rely on pain medication.

In the meantime, what you need to do so that menstrual pain doesn't get worse is:

Compress the sore stomach with a warm compress Choose clothes that are loose and comfortable to use. Divert your pain with productive activities, for example exercise. Get more rest. Stay away from stress and too much thoughts. Don't smoke or consume alcohol.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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