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    Period pains a week before period

    Hello again,

    So after worrying about stomach pains and visiting my GP I have been somewhat reassured about that, but Iím now worrying about something else.

    Does anyone else get period pains a week before they come on their period? I have PCOS but regular periods (as in every month, but not always on the exact date), but get period pains about a week before I come on. They last for a few days then I donít seem to get any pains even when Iím on my period. I canít remember when this started - I would say at least two years ago - and I hadnít worried because I wasnít experiencing health anxiety but now I am again Iím thinking of everything that could be wrong with me.

    Iím 27, and my periods havenít changed in heaviness for as long as I can remember. Theyíre quite heavy for one or two days then light for another two. Iíve also noticed clear mucus when I must be ovulating which I hadnít noticed before.

    Iím resisting googling but hoping someone can reassure me. I also have a GP appointment and Iím going to ask for a scan, I had one three years ago which was fine apart from a few cysts that showed PCOS.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Period pains a week before period

    I get the exact same. I have PCOS and I’ve had it since I was 13! Im 24 now. My cramps start maybe 5 days before and then when I get the actual period, the first day is the worst. I also get a really bad stomach upset too! It’s so horrible and I totally sympathise. I’d say don’t worry about this at all because it’s normal for me and a few other people when I’ve looked it up before xx

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    Re: Period pains a week before period

    Thanks so much for replying! It couldíve started before two years ago but I obviously didnít care when it did start because I was thinking rationally, now Iím worrying Iím looking for anything to worry about. Glad Iím not alone with it 😊 I donít usually get them when my period starts, just a week or so before. No idea what it is, maybe itís something to do with the hormonal imbalance?

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    Re: Period pains a week before period

    I get them a week before! Never used to, it started about 2 years ago with me shortly after having a child

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    Re: Period pains a week before period

    It's normal to get PMS symptoms a week to two weeks before your period, I don't have pcos but man two weeks before, I'll get crampy, headaches, feeling tired, bowel issues, but I am almost 47 and a lot of mine is possibly perimenopause which can happen one to ten years before menopause.
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    Re: Period pains a week before period

    Thank for your replies, helpful to know others experience similar. Although I havenít had a baby, and Iím 27 so hopefully the menopause is a way away (no family history of it being particularly early anyway) xx

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    Re: Period pains a week before period

    Update:

    Went to see a doctor today and she felt my stomach and said it all feels fine, and she couldnít feel my uterus so doubts I have fibroids (no idea if this is an accurate way of testing?!). She said the period pains a week before are normal for some people and gave me painkillers.

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    Re: Period pains a week before period

    I get pain up to 10 days before my period- it can be horrible! It's like a long process by the time my period finally done. I hope you're feeling okay after your appointment x

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    Re: Period pains a week before period

    Thanks Louise 😊

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    Re: Period pains a week before period

    Another update (in case anyone reads this thread and has similar):

    Went to see my usual GP yesterday who also wasnít concerned but said she would refer me for an ultrasound just to be sure. I didnít mention I was anxious about this and havenít mentioned anxiety to doctors in over three years so unless she looked back she wouldnít know I ever suffered from it as I never saw her during the time my HA was at its worst. So now itís just the 4-8 week wait!!

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