Ha! Fooled you! I’m not pregnant. I’m bloated.
I rarely mention my menstrual cycle because 1. People get grossed out, and 2. No one cares, but it has become a very painful time for me.Since my children’s births I have suffered from serious premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and heavy menstrual cycles. Although many women suffer from this ghastly episode each month; each woman’s’ PMS varies,
and mine is brutal.Unfortunately, my cycles have become harsher and more severe. I have the basic symptoms of bloating, light spotting and cramping. However, there are symptoms that nearly debilitate me for days. Lethargy, headaches, low grade fevers, and the worst by far, joint aches.For the most part, my right elbow takes the brunt of this pain, but my hands and knees also become very stiff. Sometimes it is so painful that I have difficulties extending my arm fully, and last month I could barely bend my fingers.
Unbelievably, these symptoms disappear by the end of the first day of my menstrual cycle. However, PMS symptoms may disappear, but that’s when heavy bleeding takes over. Normally, for nearly two solid days I can’t go over an hour without becoming a bloody mess.
To say this is putting a cramp in my style–no pun intended–is an understatement. It makes my normal activities difficult, and leaves me with no energy.