I have a question for the women on PR (sorry guys who may read this ) re: techniques for treating severe menstrual cramps. I have had cramps for 30 years now but they vary in severity from mild to feeling like you are being stabbed with a knife and you would rather die than endure the pain. At the very worst, it makes me throw up and I get close to fainting from the pain. I cannot find any correlation between the mild months and severe months but it does not seem worse or better pre vs. post ME/CFS. This morning I had the most severe cramps in at least two years which is bad timing b/c I am coping with yet another bad reaction to a new medication (not that there is ever good timing for this!) There are only two things that help me: pain medication and lying on a scalding hot heating pad. I was wondering if anyone else has found anything other than those two things to be helpful? I want to hear it all no matter how ridiculous it sounds b/c every time I go through this I end up with worse PEM and it lowers my functioning which is already about as low as can be without being completely bed bound. Thank you in advance and sorry to the men!!!