Fibroids and Back Pain
Fibroids and back pain are a common combination.
Most women with fibroids are usually not aware of them because most fibroids do not cause symptoms.
Fibroid pain is amongst the symptoms that can occur in women who have symptoms.
Other symptoms of fibroids may include heavy and prolonged menstruation, frequent urination, urgency to urinate and constipation
Types Of Fibroid Pain
Fibroids cause pain in different ways. Most often, pain due to fibroids is caused by the large fibroids that press upon neighboring structures in the pelvic space. Amongst the important structures involved are the nerves in the pelvis which get to the legs and the back.
There are about 4 different types of pain that can occur in women with fibroids,
Women often describe it as a dull ache in their back. Sometimes, they feel it as though it starts in their lower abdomen and moves towards their back. This pain results from pressure on the nerves in the pelvis which also supply the structures of the back. Pain the back does not mean the uterine fibroids has also affected your back!
- Leg pain
This can show up like pain that starts from the lower abdomen and moves to one or both legs. It is certain uterine fibroids are in the pelvis and not in the legs! The reason they can cause pain is because they sometimes press upon the nerves that come down to the leg from the pelvis and make you feel the pain as though it originates from the legs.
- Pelvic or lower abdominal pain, discomfort or pressureThis results from direct pressure on the structure in the pelvic region.
- Acute severe pain This is often taken as an emergency situation because the pain is often severe and will have to be distinguished from other emergencies like ectopic pregnancy. Fibroids cause acute pain when tissue in their core begins to breakdown.
Non-Fibroid Causes Of Pelvic Pain
All the different types of pain described above are not specific to fibroids. To be very certain about the cause, it is important that a medical examination and appropriate testing be done. There are other diseases that can cause backache, leg pain or the pelvis pain that may occur with fibroids.
Having symptoms with fibroids warrants that you see your doctor. Do not be quick to attribute any pain to fibroids without the appropriate tests being done in the hospital. Furthermore, pain due to fibroids is already a reason for appropriate treatment which may involve medications, minimally invasive surgery or major surgery.
Therefore be sure to see your doctor for specific diagnosis and proper treatment.
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