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What causes abdominal cramping?

Hi, my 10yr old (11 this year) daughter has been complaining of abdominal cramping, lower back pain, headaches, nausea, tiredness and muscle weakness for the past 2 to 3 weeks. It is standard for the females in our family to develop early ( I got my first period just after turning 11 and by that time I had full size breasts) my daughter has been developing breasts for around 6 - 8 months now and is starting to notice a slight size difference between them already. We have spoken to local woman s health doctors who suspect she is about to start menstruating which makes perfect sense given the family history but since I didn t have cramping or any other warning signs when I got mine ( or at least none that I can recall ), We would like to know how long it normally takes from when the symptoms start to when the periods start. Does it take weeks? Months? and is there anything I can do for her or get for her to make this transition as comfortable for her as possible? She keeps pads and spare underwear with her at all times (discretely of course) and I am going to get her a hot water bottle this week along with anything else you think would be helpful. I have made sure she knows everything she could possibly want or need to know so she has no shortage of information, love and support. Thank you for taking the time to read this and we appreciate any advice you may have for us.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017
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Hello
According to the given family history,yes she is about to menstruate and these symptoms are perfectly normal.
its a normal physiology.
Dnt get tense over minor issues.This abdominal cramping is very much normal and pain intensity varies from person to person.At times its different for a daughter from her mother,at times the schedule and the pattern differs in all daughters of the same mother,its physiological variation that defines a person's individuality.Pain threshold is also different among different person.
What you can do to relieve the pain is by warm water bottle to place on tummy where it hurts. It causes decrese in spasm of the uterus and relieves the pain and 1 tablespoon honey in warm water to drink.It has soothing effect and relieves the pain too.I dnt want to recommend pain killers like Ibuprofen as medicines have their own side effecfs.
Hope it will help
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