Fibroids and back pain are frequent companions. Although some women are not aware of having fibroids because myomas do not cause any symptoms, other patients experiencing symptoms report pelvic and back pain in addition to heavy periods, frequent urination, and other common symptoms.
Types of Fibroid Pain
Fibroids can cause pain of different levels and types. Frequently, myoma pain is caused by large fibroids pressing on organs and nerves in the pelvic area. This may lead to leg and back pain.
There are 4 common types of pain that women with fibroids experience:
- Back pain
Patients often describe it as dull pain in their back. Occasionally, it originates from their lower abdomen and moves towards the back. This pain can happen due to pressure on the nerves in pelvic area. Pain in the back does not mean that fibromas affect your back.
- Leg pain
This type of pain can start in the lower abdomen and move to one or both legs. Although uterine fibroids are in the uterus and not in the legs, the reason they can cause leg pain is very similar to the reasons for back pain: fibroids sometimes press on the nerves. Occasionally, it may feel as if the pain originated from the legs.
- Pelvic or lower abdominal pain, discomfort or pressure
- Acute, severe pain
A less common symptom. This occurs when a fibroid goes through a process called degeneration (tissue in fibroid core begins to breakdown). Usually, the pain is localized to a specific spot and improves on its own within two to four weeks.
- Back pain
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