I have always gotten horrible menstrual cramps, ever since I was 14. Sometimes I would just lie down in a ball crying. I went on the BC pill at 16 and it really helped my cramps quite a bit. I would still get the odd time where they were very painful, but less often. I went off BC about 6 months ago or so and I'm 24 now. My cramps are back to being what I would often call severe. Of course we can't all tell what each other's cramps feel like, but what crosses the line between "normal" menstrual cramps and ones that are not normal and are just over the top painful?