Cramp-o-meter. How bad do yours get? During and before her period, a woman may experience a variety of aches and pains. The most common are menstrual cramps — the medical name is dysmenorrhea. Many women have no PMS cramps at all, others get slight pain. But some women have cramps that are so painful that it interferes with their daily lives. There are different kinds of PMS cramps: A little discomfort —like a muscle cramp or spasm. Once you realize that it's a menstrual cramp, it doesn't really bother you Intense pain —this may be a sharp pain that causes you to double up or cry out Pain that spreads —starting in the lower abdomen, radiating up your back and down your legs, or centering in your lower back Pain accompanied by dizziness or nausea, diarrhea or vomiting If you have slight discomfort, intense, short pain or pain that spreads, you might be able to help yourself. If you suffer from dizziness, nausea, diarrhea or vomiting, or if you experience intense pain that won't go away, see a doctor. Learn about pms cramps and get helpful tips and advice from experts at BeingGirl.