Need Help

Submit your question to our team of health care professionals.

Current Question

See what's on the mind of the community right now.

Meet the Team

Learn more about our world-renowned team.

CWD Answers Archives

Review the entire archive according to the date it was posted.

August 6, 2001

Aches and Pains

Question from Simi Valley, California, USA:

I’m 16 years old, have had type 1 diabetes for almost 11 years, and have been on an insulin pump for four years. Every time I have my period, I have severe cramps, almost to the point where I don’t even want to get out of bed, and my blood sugar tends to run extremely high during that time (I have trouble even keeping it below 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L]). Could these severe cramps somehow be associated with my diabetes? And if they are, is there anything besides pain killers that I can do about them? Are there any special tricks that I can use to keep my blood sugars down during that time of the month?


From: DTeam Staff

If your periods are predictable, you could take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Alleve, (naprosyn) 250 mg three times a day starting two days before your period and continue for the first couple of days after the period starts. You may take it up to four times a day if needed.

I hope this will help the anxiety and pain and helps the glucose. Be sure to discuss this with your physician.