Women, Got Cramps?

by Sherry Riter in Health,Women Stuff

Got Cramps?

Obviously, women have had cramps during “that” unpopular time each month. Supposedly, Dr. Bradfield’s Female Regulator fixed every symptom imaginable in the 1800’s! I wonder what else was in the bottle because the only ingredient listed on the label was the presence of 15% alcohol. So let’s see if I follow the logic…

Every month, a woman becomes hard to live with (Ladies, you know this is true) because she’s in pain due to something that is totally beyond her control (Well worth the price for giving birth to beautiful babies). Not all women suffer this affliction, but enough do to warrant a remedy. That’s when you take some of Dr. Bradfield’s Female Regulator and get tipsy enough to take the edge off the pain.


The best part of all is that you can do it in the privacy of your own home “away from the eyes of a physician” because no one wants to see you getting drunk if you decide to take more than the directed amount.

Haven’t we come a long way?

I’m not so sure that some doctors have changed at all.

When I was nineteen years old, I had a doctor tell me that my “cramps” were all in my head. Did you just gasp? Well, it is the truth and I would tell you his name, but I might get sued for slander. I did, however, tell everyone for the past twenty eight years this story and I always include his name. I think of it as my little form of justice. I wouldn’t have spent all that time sharing the incident except that at nineteen I was naive enough to think that he might actually be right because he was a DOCTOR. My mother assured me that he was not correct and that is when I finally took responsibility of my health.

Thank you Mom.

The next time a “doctor” diagnoses you or gives you a “medication” to help you, do not believe every word without doing your own research. The person that knows your body the best is YOU! Be responsible for your health by asking intelligent questions after researching your symptoms or condition. Doctor’s need your input so that they can use their knowledge to help you There are many really excellent physicians that help millions every day.

Remember that YOU are your body’s best advocate.

Otherwise, you may just be taking some of Dr. Bradfield’s concoctions from someone who only sees you as a few more dollars added to his wallet. After all, doctors are human too and not all of them are honest or good at practicing medicine.

***”He” and “His” are used to represent men and women alike.

The Redhead Riter

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1 Donda July 13, 2010 at 4:10 am

"It's viral, co-pay please"!! This has been so true with so many medical mishaps in my life…but I was younger and stupider and too thought that MD behind the name made them know more about me than me.


2 Risma Hutabarat July 13, 2010 at 7:32 am

"Remember that YOU are your body's best advocate."
Absolutely agree..

I know some stories regarding this topic. We usually take doctor's statement as God's statement. In fact, they're just as human as all of us and they can make mistakes too.

Providing the proper symptoms and or condition will make them understand before making any diagnosis. Avoid being a passive patient..

Thanks for sharing..


3 Boston Bee July 13, 2010 at 10:10 am

This post is too funny. But, you're right! Be your own advocate! ;)bb


4 Ann-Marie B. July 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm

This is great and it does make me thankful to be in 2010! We've come a long way baby!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and God Bless!


5 Joanna July 13, 2010 at 3:46 pm

*Claps loudly in agreement*
Totally agree!


6 KK July 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm

That's hilarious, I wonder if it's tequila in that bottle? I need several doses today. And please tell me the name of that doctor….I have some frustration I need to take out on someone today!


7 Kaylen July 14, 2010 at 1:40 am

Well said!!! Let's all drink more!!!
wait-I mean–well said about taking some responsibility for your health!
I never go to my doctor without a clear understanding of exactly every symptom and possible side info (i.e. new vitamins, new stressors) possible. AND I research possible diagnosis myself first.
My doctor thinks it's humerous that I come in with a list of potential illnesses I might have based on my symptoms, but he always respects my thoughts on it and usually he will give me options on healing and let me choose what I want to do.


8 Gina August 16, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I think all make OB/GYNs should be required to be 1) married and 2) fathers.

They need to KNOW (at least secondhand) what it's like.

I had a doctor tell me when I wanted to have my c-section 9 days before my due date that my discomfort was psychological. Guess who ended up in labor 8 days before her due date?
(the victory was that he was not on call- so a different doctor did the surgery and collected the expensive insurance bill!)


9 katlupe August 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm

It is hard for me to visit a doctor and just take his word for something. Be it a medication which I probably would have a hard time taking just on his word alone, or something else. I have my own natural pharmacy and trust that more.


10 Mama Penguin August 18, 2010 at 2:26 am

Wow, That's awesome, Feeling sick ladies, let's just get drunk!

Oh doctors and their medications. I'm not a fan of them. Good post Red, kinda sad I missed it originally! I could use this thought before having bam bam.


11 Annie D August 18, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Man, I wish I'd have known that cramps were just all in my head! The last decade of my life was spent loading up on Tylenol for no good reason!

I never just take a doctor's word for it. I always research what I am taking, or giving my kids. And if something seems amiss, I get a 2nd opinion.


12 Lori August 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Great post. I totally agree that nobody knows your body better than you do and you are your body's best advocate.


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