Oh my gosh! I suffered since the first year I had my period! I even reached the point na pain meds didn't work na. Lahat-lahat I tried! My pain was soooo bad I used to crawl to the clinic and 'begged' (then later on 'demanded') for pain-killer injection (it acts faster). Lumala pa nung years na I was so traumatized by the pain that once my period would start my whole body would stiffen and I'll have SEVERE gastric pain (MUCH, MUCH, MUCH WORSE AND PAINFUL) WITH PERIOD PAIN! For 2 years I didn't know it's gastric and I went to so many doctors in many countries and no one told me that it's gastric..then I met an Indian doctor who diagnosed me properly..pero even with proper medications my dysmenorrhea still was worse. It was bad that a week before I had a bag ready na (it has cds and cd player --wala pa akong itouch then...haha!; magazines, dvds, hot water bottle, pain killers, socks --once I get the pain attack my feet and hands would be very cold while I would sweat like mad)..then the day before I would position myself na in the couch with my bag. I don't talk for 2 days (pain would be for 2days straight ha so about 48hours STRAIGHT unless I get the injection) AND I can't eat so I would force-feed myself kasi I was taking medications.
It improved lang when I had laparoscopy 2-3yrs ago...it improved immensely! Pero after a few months bumalik ulit but not that bad na (I don't get gastric pains na din)...AND NO THE PAIN WILL NOT (NEVER EVER!) STOP OR LESSEN IF YOU GET MARRIED OR EVEN AFTER KIDS...
And this is what I learned from the doctor in Emergency (yup I was rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night because of dysmenorrhea:
I TAKE VOLTAREN (my own choice) TABLET THE DAY MISMO NA ALAM KONG DARATING. I HAVE SYMPTOMS LIKE NAUSEA, ACHY HIPS AND LITTLE SPOTTING---ONCE I HAVE THESE NA I TAKE VOLTAREN AGAD AGAD AND EVERY 8HOURS AFTER THAT FOR 2 DAYS...AND IT WORKS!!!! BUT MAKE SURE YOU EAT WELL BEFORE TAKING VOLTAREN or any pain medication.
So kung alam mo yung cycle mo, take pain medication BEFORE the pain would start and take it every 7-8hours (after meal ha) for 2 days.
And SEE A GYNE and get a proper ultrasound also...
Avoid cold drinks the whole week of period. Drink/sip hot water all through out the week..
Good luck, dear! Whenever someone mention about period nga in front of me I would feel like throwing up--parang traumatized na ako sa word na 'period' or 'menstruation' because of the unexplainable pain.
additional story: When i miscarried, I was induced kasi baby's 5months na, they kept on asking me if I was 'in labor' na so they can push me to the room and I kept asking back how would I know and they said 'you'll know coz the pain will be incredible'...and all those while pala I was in labor kaso di ko maintindihan kasi my dysmenorrhea WAS MORE PAINFUL (or similar) than labor pains! Honestly!