November cycle

I had no pre-period pain or warnings, so I forgot to pay attention to the calendar, and george showed up unexpectedly on November 30.
So this cycle, he showed up on day 28. Last month was day 33.

Because of the gabapentin, I remain active and not bedridden. For example, on the day george showed up (Saturday, Nov. 30), I had been out and about with a friend, and had been out dancing the night before. I was tired and my body ached, and my low back was pretty painful. I grunted a lot as I moved around that day, but I thought it was from all the dancing I’d done the night before, and all the furniture moving I’d done the same day as I’d gone out dancing.

The pain ramped up a bit on Saturday, and I ended up eating 1,600mg Ibuprofen. I dreaded the next day, because I’d promised a friend I’d help her move. The blood started out the same way it had last month – really dark brown at first. This time it was also clotty.
I also experienced nausea, but now I’m wondering if that is from the Wellbutrin, as I’ve had nausea nearly every day.
On Sunday, I was bleeding moderately heavy. I got up and helped my friend move. The pain wasn’t an actual issue, because I’d consumed a total of 2,400mg of Ibuprofen throughout the day. The issue was the crushing fatigue and weak muscles in my thighs and legs. I really helped out a lot though, including helping hefting a mattress and box spring, lifting and carrying boxes, and even hauling a dolly loaded down with boxes up 6-8 marble steps. After that, I took a few boxes up 3 flights of stairs, and helped heft the mattress up those 3 flights of stairs. THEN I declared myself done.
The pain didn’t actually become debilitating until Sunday evening, when I took half a vicoprofen and sat with my heating pad for the rest of the evening.

Today is still moderately heavy, and the threat of more cramps looms.

But damn, knowing that without the gabapentin, I’d be bedridden… and after 28 years battling this disease, puking from the pain, bedridden every month, missing work and school… I just can’t believe the new life I have now because of the gabapentin. Wow.

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