Hi. I saw ur question in the forums and thought i might be able to help you a bit. I am a medical doctor. Well at this stage there is a couple of regimens that you can implement to help you with ur discomfort. As formerly mentioned, excercise and proper diet is good for you...but i am not goin to elaborate on that. From a conservative viewpoint you can use vitamin B6, calcium (1000mg tablets per day) and evening primrose oil supplements (there is some evidence that it helps with PMS). For the bloatedness you can get a diuretic (something like HCTZ 12mg per day). For breast tenderness you can get bromocriptine pills (usually in 5mg dosages) and anti-inflammatory pills like ibuprofen with paracetamol combinations will help with abdominal cramps. If the symtoms are really bothersome you might want to consider oral contraceptives (estrodiol combinations) but remember there are a lot of side affects associated with this route especially DVTs (blood clots) as the most worrisome complication - i wouldnt recommend this option. Then you also get the anti-depressants as the final option; but i also wouldnt recommend this as the side effects r also really undesirable. So u might want to consult ur house doctor for a script for the above mentioned pills. Hope it helps. All the best
Yes i agree with you and i never said it is an abnormal condition i also never said good excercise and diet does not help, but in some females the condition CAN be worst than in others and i want her to know that she must not give up if the excercise doesnt work...theres alternative options that have been proven medically to help (randomized controlled studies). The efficacy of aerobic exercise has also been proven to help and could be due to raised endorphin levels that makes you feel better. The bloatedness is due to an increase in aldosterone which causes sodium retention (so obviously decreasing your salt intake is good for you and stay AWAY from coffee during that time). In general if you increase your water intake during that period it might also increase your bloatedness (which might have the opposite effect tht you want) so keep an eye out for that one. The medication is only used as a last resort if you feel too uncomfortable
For cramps, Taking a good multivitamin helps, like Miracle 1000. I gain 5 lbs just eating a hotdog or a pickle in any given day. My doctor says "just don't eat those things" so if I want to look good in my clothes in the weekend I don't have Chinese food. That's how I have to live. I will be trying the green tea at night advice!