Fibroid Leg Pain
Fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus, they affect many women of reproductive age. Leg pain, any discomfort in one or both legs, can be symptom of fibroids.
Leg pain is not a very common fibroid symptom, but if you are experiencing leg pain cause by myomas, the tumors need to be removed.
Can Fibroids Cause Leg Pain?
Yes, in some cases they can. It depends on the location of myoma(s) and their size.
However, fibroids are not always accompanied by painful symptoms. With small sizes, fibroid nodes can only cause changes in menstruation. Periods become painful, their duration and volume of secretions change.
Often fibroids are asymptomatic in the early stages. Sometimes they cannot be diagnosed during a simple genecological examination (due to their small size), only by ultrasound or with an MRI.
But some types of fibroids are manifested by pain. Leg pain, discomfort in one or both legs, is a rare symptom of fibroids.
Most often, pain due to fibroids occurs for the following reasons:
– the size of the fibroid node: when the tumor reaches a certain size, the effect of squeezing the walls of the uterus and neighboring organs occurs. As a result, a woman has painful sensations;
– intensive tumor growth;
– high estrogen levels: the higher the estrogen level, the more fibroids grow;
– type of fibroids: all fibroids have their own characteristics, shape and localization, so pain can occur in different places: in the lower abdomen, side, back or legs.
Often pain tends to intensify before menstruation.
Usually leg pain occurs with subserosal uterine fibroids that grow outside the uterus.
The uterus deforms and expands, puts pressure on the nerves that extend down the leg from the spine. This causes leg pain (most often in the hips).
Another cause of leg pain with fibroids is squeezing of the blood vessels, it causes swelling of the legs in the soft tissues, and restricts blood flow to the leg muscles, which can sometimes cause muscle pain and cramps.
How to Treat Fibroid Leg Pain?
Although there are several methods that can help reduce fibroid leg pain. However, it should be understood that these are only temporary measures.
You can completely get rid of leg pain, as well as any symptoms of uterine fibroids completely, only by curing their cause.
If you are not experiencing any symptoms of fibroids but were diagnosed by your doctor, no treatment is necessary.
But if uterine fibroids bother you, the fastest, most effective and safest treatment is uterine fibroid embolization.
This nonsurgical procedure takes only 30-40 minutes. Without pain and risk of complications, you will return home on the same day as a healthy person.
The full recovery period usually takes 3-4 days, after which the woman can return to her usual lifestyle. And already 3 months after the procedure, she may begin to try to become pregnant.
To learn more about UFE and uterine fibroids contact Atlanta Fibroid Center at 770-214-4600 or make an appointment online at ATLii.com.