PMDD and PMS are different. PMDD is worse, it affects your life. You could have these symptoms: anxiety, cramps, mood swings, water retention, acne, headaches, backaches. I have PMDD and take Yaz birth control and it works wonders. Took a couple of months but it is well worth it. My periods went from 7 days of heavy bleeding and horrible cramps to 1-2 days of light flow and no cramps. My anxiety is better, rarely need the Xanax the doctor prescribed to help with that. My acne is gone, less mood swings too. I can actually be around people and not want to kill someone for irratating me. Go to your doc and get evaluated.
at 11:23 PM on Apr. 21, 2009