I went to see this Indian doctor at my school, and she told me that some women experience inflammation on their rib cartilage before and during the period, and the cause is not known. She recommended to take some anti-inflammatory medicine, such as Advil. I asked my sister who is a nurse, but she said she'd never heard of it.
Thanks for answering I will look into that. My sister is a nurse too, so I will see what she has to say. Sorry it took me so long to answer but I have just been trying to put up with the pain and say that maybe it is nothing to worry about but I must say when the pain gets sooooo bad I think Cancer and that I should be doing something but I don't cause all the results come back negative and then I feel like I am making it up, but I know I'm not.
Sometimes I think my doc thinks I'm crazy too. It's real pain and it is difficult to manage. I'm 40 and remember having this abdominal pain as far back as high school right before my period. I call it "bra pain" because it's at the top of my stomach near my ribs and only I get relief if I undo my bra! Having no pressure on ribs/stomach is only relief. It feels like severe gas pain. I help control it by not letting myself get too hungry, but it's not always that easy, and if I wait too long to eat then it hurts worse when I do eat. I've left work and gone to sit in my car w/ my bra undone just to get some relief! Takes my breath away. Upper GI test found nothing. My gyn has done ultrasounds, found nothing. I've had uterine ablasion but bleeding and symptoms came back over course of a year. I've come to think that it is just my uterus swelling and irritating everything else. Having a hysterectomy (laproscipic, uterus only) in August but I fear that won't relieve monthly symptoms, only the bleeding...which is still good! This is the worst month ever w/ this pain...I think my uterus knows I'm getting rid of it!
OMGosh! I have been suffering for years (my husband reminding me how long it has actually been because I just try to get through the pain every month). It feels like it has been getting worse so I am just now seeking out medical attention for it. So much of what you are saying is how I feel every month! I am 40 and thought it might be the start of my body preparing for menopause and thought I was going to just live with it but over the last year or longer it has been getting worse and I really can't take it anymore. I have also thought it might be my gall bladder or an ulcer. It has had me down and out several times this year. To add to the symptoms I have also vomited at times, the pain radiates into my back, I can't stand up straight or stretch, I feel constipated or gassy (and if I do have a BM it doesn't relieve it although it feels like it is going to). I have self medicated with pain reliever like Advil and it didn't even touch the pain so I would take more and more which then was irritating my stomach even more. I was really hoping someone may have gotten a more definitive diagnosis. It is so odd to have such major pain and symptoms and have no answers. I am eager to hear if the surgery helps, please update when you can.
I too have had these same symptoms. I'm 46 but have only been having URQ pain during menstration for about 3 years now. I've had my gallbladder removed, so that's not the issue. I've wondered at times if endo "tissue" can be in the large intestine because that's where it feels like it is. I only get this pain when menstrating. Has anyone gotten answers on this?
I have had the same pain for several years. Had ct scan, ultrasound, mri, hida scan and x rays. All came back negative. GI doctor thinks it is IBS and said symptoms can appear during your period because of hormone fluctuations. I only have pain, no diarrhea or constipation. I take Motrin at the very start of the pain. If you wait till the pain is severe it is not as effective. One of the ER doctors told me that any abdominal pain can radiate to the right upper part of the body.
If anyone has questions that they would like answered, please post your question as its own post because this one is so old.
Hi I have this same pain. For me it's more of a dull ache and very annoying lol. Also right before my period. I had a docter once tell me it had to do with constipation which does occur with me before my period, but I believe the pain comes from inflammation due to all these hormonal changes. This makes sense to me, because a few years ago I was dealing with inflammation around my chest area which was very debilitating for two years. Things like juiced raw ginger in hot water and vitamin B12 and vitamin e all helped with this inflammation and it has since gone away and I only get hints of it when my period is about to come. So I do believe these pains are inflammation based. I am sure there are foods one can Abstain from or vitamins one can take a week before menstration to help, but it will take some self diagnosing since it appears many doctors don't have much too much insight into such things.
So thankful to find this discussion! Some months are significantly worse than others for me, to the point that I have gone to the ER for this. I will watch my diet to see if I can find a correlation with foods over the next few months. And, keep taking advil to dull it slightly.
Have any of you all posting from 2010 found anything new out yet? I’m 32, my pain started for the first time 8 months ago. Same thing, upper right abdomen near my ribs. It starts at the beginning of my menstrual cycle and lasts 3 days usually. The severity of pain is different each months, sometimes so extreme I can’t get out of bed and I’m literally crying (and I usually handle pain very well). I’ve had 5 doctor appointments, one with my general doctor, one with my funk, 2 ultrasounds, and most recently with a GI specialist (previously I’d never been to a doctor in my life except for a routine annual physical). Both my ultrasounds came back “perfect” and the GI specialists told me to treat the pain since we can’t identify the problem. It doesn’t make sense to me that I can have such a debilitating pain and not have any idea what is causing it. I am fearful every month if this month will be one of the times I can’t get out of bed I’m in so much pain again. It does help hearing others have similar situations.