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Spotting, constipation, lower abdominal cramping and sore breast. What could this be?

Hi, I usually have 30 day cycle for 5-6 days, consistently since I started having my period when I was 12. But this weird feeling I had this cycle confuses me. The usual pms I have is cramping and break outs that's when I would know I'm close to my period. I started having light brown discharge last Sunday, for 2 days, not enough to even fill a pantyliner, the next 2 days was a light period just filling the middle part of my pad, not even filling the whole pad but i still change it for proper hygiene. 1 day of brown spotting again and then it stopped Friday.

Before I had the brown discharge, I had no cramps, no break out, not even 1 pimple. But my breast were really sore and heavy, it's very hard to move. I was constipated and very gassy. My legs hurt so much it's very hard to walk and I felt like an old lady. Then when the spotting started the soreness eased a little but my breast still has this tingly feeling even today.

When I was having my light period, I have not felt any cramping just the tingling of the breast. But, when it stopped, I have been having some mild cramps on my lower abdomen especially on the lower left side, the pain generates on to my lower back. It's not really severe, but it's uncomfortable. When I start to smell something, I gag even if it's the food that is cooking

Before period - sore breast, gas, constipation, legs hurt a lot.
After light 3 day period - tingly breast, gas, legs still hurt, lower back pain, mild abdominal cramps, headache and nausea.

I'm sorry Doctor if this is long. I just wanna make sure I gave out all the symptoms I have been experiencing for you to understand my condition. I hope you can give me an answer soon. Thanks.
Asked On : Tue, 26 Nov 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,
The symptoms that you have mentioned- soreness of breast, constipation, hurting of legs, feeling of fullness are suggestive of pre=menstrual syndrome (PMS).
PMS occurs under the influence of progesterone.
These symptoms resolve at the onset of menstruation and completely disappear when the menstrual cycles are over.
Mefenemic acid is a preparation commonly used for the cramping pain.
For symptoms of fullness and bloating, you need to consult your gynecologist for assessment.
Hormonal treatment may be prescribed if the symptoms are very troublesome.

thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Wed, 27 Nov 2013
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