It is not normal to have severe period pains (dysmenorrhea), especially those that require strong pain relief like panadeine forte.
I would advise you to see your GP and get a referral to a gynaecologist to discuss the possibility of endometriosis and discuss management of this condition. They would also ask about other associated symptoms and you would have a pelvic examination and a pelvic ultrasound scan.
The first line of treatment is Ponstan (mefenamic acid) or another Nonsteroidal antiflammatory in combination with paracetamol. The more successful treatments rely on suppression of ovulation, or controlling your periods. This would involve the Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill, or the Mirena Intrauterine Device. Alternatively, you may require laparoscopic surgery (keyhole) to treat the endometriosis. Your doctor would discuss all those options with you and you can decide what would work best for you.
Alternative treatments do help in combination with established therapies. A diet low in red meat and reduction of alcohol can help as well as increasing your vegetables and fruits intake. There was one study that showed that acupuncture helps as well. That being said, the most effective treatments are the medical ones mentioned above.
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