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What other symptoms are common with menstrual cramps?

Howard S. Smith
Pain Medicine
The mild to intense abdominal cramping typically begins within 24-hours of the start of the woman’s period and continues for several days. Most women who suffer with cramps also experience aching in the upper thighs, along with lower back pain, bloating and abdominal distension, nausea, diarrhea, and fatigue, among other symptoms.

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