Bumping the thread to vent a little. My periods have never been pleasant, but I've also never had to miss work before because of it. Today's a first, I guess.
Probably TMI, but my period has come about a week earlier than normal (cycle usually 33ish days, this one was 25) and with more clots. Mostly very small, but one was the size of a quarter. Plus I woke up this morning an hour before my alarm with cramps more painful than I even knew was possible. The pain was so intense I couldn't move, I broke out into a full-body sweat, I nearly threw up, etc. There was no way I was in a condition to deal with standing on public transportation for up to an hour. The pain intensity was comparable to the time I had an ovarian cyst, though I don't think that's what's happening this time because it has improved. I'm still weak, but only in normal-level period pain. I haven't yet decided whether I should make an appointment with the doctor since this is so unusual for me. I may wait and see if this period is just a fluke. Fibroids run in the family and they did find one when I had the operation on the ovarian cyst, so if anything, I bet that's the cause. Not sure what they'd even do about it unless I start having problems every cycle.
Props to all of you who deal with symptoms like this every month. I don't know how you manage.
This makes me think there's reason to at least call the doctor or NP and run the event past them to see what they think.