When Menstrual Pain Worsens Back Pain

Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: January 13, 2015

menstrual painMenstruation can come with a lot of painful and annoying symptoms, including cramps, exhaustion, and pain. In this blog we are going to do what we do best – talk about how menstrual pain and back pain relate to one another. We will discuss how menstrual pain can lead to back pain (before and after surgery), and take a look at some options for relieving this sort of back pain.

Menstrual Pain + Back Pain

Menstruation can cause several types of pain in a woman – including back pain. Typically this pain is located in the lumbar, low back region. This low back pain is the result of the uterus contracting during the menstrual cycle. These symptoms are usually quite normal and nothing to be concerned about – typically mild to medium pain in the abdomen or lower back that can radiate down to the legs.

However, if your back pain increases suddenly or severely, there may be another underlying cause of the pain. In this case, contact your physician right away to determine the cause of the back pain and the best course for treatment.

Menstrual & Back Pain after Surgery

Menstrual pain can increase pain in the back after spinal surgery as well. Minimally invasive spine surgery on the low back requires a period of rest and recovery while the surgical wounds heal. A menstrual cycle during this recovery period can lead to increased pain and discomfort. Usually this level of pain can be controlled with over the counter pain meds (acetaminophen  or ibuprofen/naproxen if you have not had a spinal fusion within the past year) and physical therapy exercises. If the pain is intense, your doctor may prescribe some stronger pain medication.

If your menstrual pain is leading to an increase in back pain before or after your surgery, talk to your physician about some options for pain relief.

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