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Monthly Stomach Spasms, Nausea

Hello, I am a 27-year-old female.

This particular problem started about two years ago when I began to have episodes where I became very sick with nausea and stomach spasms (tight gripping sensation in the abdomen) that came in waves, peaking at about seven hours, easing up at about fifteen and leave me feeling lethargic and mildly ill for about two days.  When I feel a wave coming on my whole body is nauseated, my stomach feels like it's cramping and the sensation moves around from just below my ribcage to an ache my back.  

I've had an upper GI series that didn't show anything a clear abdominal CT , gluten allergy test, and I've taken prilosec and ranitidine suspecting reflux with no relief. Ibuprofen does seems to help. I do worry about taking Ibuprofen while I have an upset stomach and also the amount of ibuprofen I need in a day to feel better. If I wanted to feel comfortable all day, for instance, I would probably need about 400mg every few hours, and I wouldn't want to take that much.  As an aside, I have never had a test when I was in the throes of a bad attack.  

After keeping a calendar to see if food was a factor (it wasn't) I noticed something odd. I was getting sick on the same day every month. I was taking birth control, and I wondered if this was a factor. I stopped to see what would happen and nothing changed.  My cycle has shifted, but I'm still getting sick almost to the day, which kind of shakes the idea that maybe their is a hormonal link.  My doctor has also ruled out ovulation pain.

I do notice that on the 28th (the day before I become sick) I'm a little constipated.  So, the doctor suggested mirolax, which has helped with a lot of other digestive issues (gas, bloating), but doesn't seem to have any effect on these particular few days.

At this point it's kind of a "sorry about your luck." I just really need to know where to go from here?

Any input would be appreciated!!!!
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Hi
Have u found solution to your problem yet or figured it out yet
Sounds like I have a very similar condition
I have constant nausea & stomach ache for about a week ranging in intensity happening at the same time every month which is straight after my period I'm on no medications just the pill which I stopped for a while & made no difference I have had this for about 3-4 years now
I've had so many tests with no answers (blood tests, ultrasounds, gall bladder test, camera down into my stomach)  
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I also have a similar problem.  I started tracking the occurrence, and it is about the same time every month.  I also get a headache.  I pretty much can't function for at least half a day, when it happens.  The strange thing is that I no longer have a period, because I had a total hysterectomy 10 years ago, due to endometriosis.  I am working with doctors for find the cause.
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