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SHYLEEANN posted:
I AM A 30 YEAR OLD FEMALE. I HAVE MY PERIOD EVERY MONTH OR AT LEASTE I HAVE ALL THE SYMPTOMS AND SOMETIMES WHEN I MOVE JUST RIGHT I CAN GET IT TO FLOW... WHEN I DO FLOW AND ITS A GOOD PERIOD I CALL IT I HAVE BLOOD CLOTS COMING OUT SOMETIMES LARGER THAN A HALF DOLLAR SIZE...I FEEL GREAT..OTHER TIMES IT BACKS UP AND BACKS UP ..MY STOMACH IS HUGE AND I SWEAR ITS IN MY STOMACH.. THE MIDDLE OF MY TUMMY AND AROUND ON TOP HURT AND IM CONSTANTLY IT SEEMS LIKE I HAVE PERIOD SYMPTOMS... THEY HAVE ULTRA SOUNDED ME AND NOTHING.. I TOLD DOCS THAT SOMETIMES IT FEELS LIKE THE BLOOD IS SLOSHING AROUND.. A DOC REASSURED ME THAT THE BLOOD IS ONLY IN UTERUS..I ALSO FEEL LIKE ITS JUST PINCHED OFF CASUE SOMETIMES I FEEL PAIN DOWN THERE.. I HAVE MAJOR HIP PROBLEM AS WELL, AND SOMETIMES WHEN THINGS DUE FLOW OR I GUESS WHEN THEY TRY I HAVE PAIN AND OR GERGULING I THINK FROM MY HEART BUT THAT WAS CHECKED AND NOTHING...ALSO ON BOTH OF MY SIDES I HAVE WHAT IS DISCRIBED AS GERGULING MOSTLY ON MY RIGHT SIDE MORE TOWARDS THE MIDDLE.....NO ONE SEEMS TO KNOW WHATS WRONG WITH ME.. ALLS I KNOW IS.IM IN PAIN. IRRITATED. BLOATED..AND CANT SEEM TO GET MY HIP MOVED OVER......I DUE GET ADJUSTED ALL THE TIME WELL NOT ANYMORE CAUSE DOC SAID I WAS FINE NOTHING ELSE HE CAN DO FOR ME...MY PERIODS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ALITTLE WEIRD AND I HAVNT EVEN BEEN PREGNANT YET....CANT SEEM TO GET THERE YET. IF U HAVE ANY INSIGHT PLEASE HELP
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georgiagail responded:
I'm not sure what your questions about all this are.

A menstrual period is more than just blood leaving the body. It is the sloughing off of the lining of the uterus which is not needed (since pregnancy did not take place that cycle). What looks like blood clots are actually pieces of the lining. This is normal.

It is not unusual that one might feel cramping or bloating right before or during menstruation. Often over the counter pain medication will help with this.

Perhaps this "gurgling" you hear is food/liquid moving through your intestines.

At any rate, it does sound as if you have been checked out medically and nothing has been found to be wrong.

Gail
 
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Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
Dear SHYLEEANN: Gail has given some correct information, but I would like to add a couple more things. You mention that sometimes you have clots which are half dollar size. Usually clots that size are linked with a heavy flow. You see, there is an enzyme produced by the lining of the uterus designed to keep menstrual blood from clotting. This allows the menstrual fluid to more readily pass out of the tiny cervical canal and into the vagina. When a woman is bleeding very heavily during her period the amount of flow surpasses the amount of enzyme--thus leading to passage of large clots. Fortunately, the action of this enzyme is localized to the inside of the uterus so it should not have anything to do with inability of other blood to clot.

In truth there is a condition where menstrual blood and lining do get "backed up" inside the uterus. The medical name is hematometria. The most common cause is that something will cause the opening from inside the uterus to scar closed so that blood cannot escape. The woman may miss her flow and have bad cramping. However, this is a condition which would be present every month until the canal is re-opened with an instrument. Also, the retained blood can be easily seen on ultrasound.

My best GUESS about the hip pain around the time of your flow MIGHT be referred pain from the contractions of the uterus. There are nerve pathways which are shared in common between various body sites. For example, some women will feel their labor pains (uterine contractions) in their backs as back pain or down the insides of their thighs.

Much more remotely, pain which is present just during menstruation, MIGHT be endometriosis implants. While endometriosis tends to create pain in the uterus/tubes/ovaries, it can be found in such distant locations such as the bowels, rectum, bladder, and diaphragm.

Lastly, bloating around the time of menstruation can be from either slowed bowel movement (due to the smooth muscle relaxation effects of the hormone progesterone), or fluid shifts (like swelling of fingers, feet). Some women typically gain, then lose, a couple of pounds of water weight during the "PMS time."

I'm really sorry about the hip problem/ pain. That is a terrible burden to have as a younger woman.

Yours,
Jane


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