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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) & Menstruation treatment

Description
Premenstrual syndrome is a wide range of symptoms which occur to women before their menstrual cycle. These symptoms seem to be both physical and emotional and tend to occur between 5-11 days before menstruation and tend to go away after menstruation begins.
Causes
There is no known cause for PMS, but it has been related to cultural, biological, psychological and social. It tends to occur in women between 20-40 years of age, and may get worse towards the years of menopause.
Prevention
Dieting and exercising tends to decrease the severity of the symptoms. Limiting salt intake, sugar, alcohol and caffeine has been shown to decrease symptoms, as well as getting adequate sleep.
Common Symptoms
Headache, abdominal cramps/heaviness, abdominal pain, abdominal fullness, muscle spasms, breast tenderness, weight gain, recurrent cold sores, acne, nausea, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, decreased coordination, food cravings, less tolerance for noises or lights, painful menstruation.
Rare Symptoms
Anxiety, confusion, difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, poor judgment, depression, irritability, increased feelings of guilt, fatigue, sluggishness, poor self image, sex drive changes, paranoia.
Traditional Treatment
Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Birth control pills; NSAIDS that include: Voltaren, Orudis, Meclomen, Ponstel; COX-2 Inhibitors that include Celebrex; Hormonal treatments that include: Synarel, Lupron,Danazol; Diuretics such as Zaroxolyn and Aldactone; To reduce breast pain: Bromocriptine, Danazol, Tamoxifen.
Alternative Treatment
Dieting, exercising, nutritional supplements like Calcium, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium. Red raspberry leaf tea. Drinking lots of water.
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