it's hard for me not to get angry when i hear people try to dismiss period pains. i know i'm the "small percentage" though because i have endometriosis and am hormonally bi-polar, but still, i do my best to control it but that constant pain and emotion makes me stabby and i can't help it. i try to avoid people during those times and end up spending a lot of time in bed.
You're exempted from our judgement since you DO need treatment. Wouldn't it make you mad, though, if a lady had one dull cramp for five minutes and then tried to get away with being a bigger bitch than usual or taking time off work or whatever? If you are NOT in the minority of women who do need to treat their bits, DEAL WITH IT.
Oh, I'm not discounting anyone's pain. Like I said, if it's really that bad, get treatment for it (which you are doing, Ivy, to the best of your/your doctor's ability). It also sounds like you have a good awareness that you are emotional or crabby at that time and try to minimize the impact on others. What I don't accept is people who let themselves lash out at everyone for a few days every month.
As I have gotten older the PMS stuff does get noticeably worse. Not that I complain about it, but I do warn people and tell them that it's my batshit crazy week. But I tend to try to avoid people during that week and just listen to the voices in my head instead.
I finally bought some boots. YAY! I love them.
The grouchier I feel, the more of an effort I make to not show it, some of my coworkers used to tease me that my PMS symptom was uncharacteristic patience.. hah.
I guess I just feel like many people have physical and emotional pains at times, if we feel we have license to be jerks whenever we're hurting from something, it makes for an unpleasant home, workplace, etc.
i also have an irregularly short cycle, which means i start to get emotional and don't know why. i guess i never assume someone is faking or exaggerating because mein is so bad. i'm also anemic, so i think it weakens me. yes, i'm getting treatment and the bi-polar meds in combination with the depo are really helping with the emotional part.
When I did get PMS, I would try really hard to control my emotions and crankiness. The guys at work did know when it was around that time of the month for me because my boobs would be a little bigger, so they wouldn't bother me as much anyways.
My previous birth control (Nuva Ring) gave me cramps. Now that I am not anything I don't have any cramps, but I do have mood swings for a day or two.
I used to use FMLA one day a month for cramps if I needed it. It would really happen once every other month (maybe it was just one ovary that was bothering me?).
I opted for Depo. No more PMSing, which also means no more boob swelling
I still find myself overly emotional at times. I've cried during the X Factor.
I used to love thigh high boots when I was super skinny. Since even with tights, they looked hookerish, I embraced the sluttiness and wore them with hot pants and tiny spandex skirts. Oh, I miss the early 90's.
I stupidly ate yogurt (which tasted really rich) and a nonfat latte from Starbucks and now my stomach isn't happy about all that dairy.
I just wanna go home and lie down.
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