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7 Surprising Signs You're Way Too Stressed

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Horrible Periods

Women under high stress are more than twice as likely to experience severe menstrual pain during their period as those with generally low stress, according to a study at the Harvard School of Public Health. "Stress intensifies the discomfort that already exists," explains Diana Dell, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and obstetrics-gynecology at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Chemicals called prostaglandins cause uterine contractions and cramps; and when you're anxious, these "normal" cramps will feel much worse.

Nix It: To block the production of prostaglandins, take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen or naproxen at the first twinge of pain or one or two days before you get your period, recommends Dr. Dell. If this doesn't help, talk to your doctor about taking a prescription muscle relaxant. Research suggests that monthly acupuncture and acupressure may alleviate intense menstrual pain. Applying a heating pad to your lower abdomen can also ease discomfort.

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Leyah26 wrote:

I want to not feel as though people are judging me for all the wrong reasons when I leave the house. I want to be able to leave the house on my own without all the anxiety that I have now. I want to one day be able to go on rides at amusement parks with the kids we will have one day. I want to go to an amusement park and not have to worry about if I'll fit or not

5/2/2012 12:28:01 PM Report Abuse
imaginarymona8 wrote:

Thanks for your helpful guides.

4/21/2012 01:59:47 AM Report Abuse
karsonalisarodg wrote:

This has been my life for weeks on end!! Except not the hives.

4/15/2012 11:32:08 PM Report Abuse
nfoghi2002 wrote:

thank you ,you're the best

4/13/2012 11:59:45 PM Report Abuse
lauraesb_3 wrote:

Now I understand that all my health problems are related to stress. Thanks. This article is really helpful.

4/12/2012 11:15:49 PM Report Abuse

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