Earlier cycle is also more painful

I’m not handling reality well at the moment. I didn’t even mention the pain flare on facebook until today, because I couldn’t convince myself that this is really happening – I’m ten days early – it’s a full menstrual cycle and I’m in Day 3 of it already.

Shit got real today at work, when I hit a 7 on the pain scale.

This is what the pain was like on the Allie Brosh pain scale:


My GYN office called me back today; they said it *could* be perimenopause, but to continue watching my cycle for the next 3 months before coming in for a consult. I’m to watch for obvious signs like night sweats and hot flashes on top of very early or very delayed periods.

I have taken a half a Tylenol 3 twice today, and I have ingested 1,200mg of Ibuprofen to try to manage the pain. But here’s the thing…

Ever since being prescribed Neurontin, I have started experimenting with forbidden foods, just to see how far the medical benefit goes. Do I remain pain-free for longer periods of time, despite regular caffeine intake? Do I still get immediate pain flares upon ingesting corn syrup?

I have not gone about this in a purely scientific way, mind you. I have been taking more mental notes than anything, really. But I thought it was time to tell you about it, and to start taking down notes.

Dairy – seems okay, whether during endo flare or not.
Caffeine – ok unless endo flare, then same old death
Chocolate – ok unless endo flare, then same old death
Corn Syrup products, including Pop – ok unless endo flare, then same old death
Alcohol – seems okay, whether during endo flare or not.

Today I had caffeine, chocolate and corn syrup (Sprite pop) while at work. I hit a 7 on the pain scale, when I normally top out at a 6 on the scale since being on Neurontin, so the message seems clear: continue to avoid the usual suspects during an endo flare.

Here’s hoping tomorrow (Day 4) will be mild, and I’ll definitely be eating better.

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