I'm 9 days postpartum, and I'm having afterpains like whoa. With my 1st, I remember having some cramps, but there was only one instance where they were too painful to talk through/anything comparable to labor pain. With this birth, the first day or two I had several rough times to deal with, but it was mostly very well managed with only ibuprofen or plain tylenol. I'm not a big fan of the idea of taking anything stronger, since I am breastfeeding, even though I am supplementing due to low milk supply (I had a breast reduction several years ago). My mom joked with me that I should just have a few stiff drinks and I'd feel fine! but that's not happening, haha. In the last couple of days, the cramps have actually gotten worse, to where tylenol no longer is enough to make them bearable. Also, every time I empty my bladder it triggers more cramps. I'm guessing this is just because of things shifting around in there that are going back into place, but it is just SO damned uncomfortable.
I guess I'm just wondering: at what point should I be concerned that these severe cramps are a sign of something actually being wrong, and even if they are normal, is there anything aside from narcotics or drinking myself into a coma that would help ease them?