What Does Fibroid Pain Feel Like?

Are you experiencing pain that may be caused by fibroids but have not been diagnosed with fibroids? Many women struggle with pelvic pain, and sometimes, the cause of pain is not easy to identify.

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Pelvic pain is a very complex topic due to numerous conditions that can cause it. It can be gastrointestinal, urologic, gynecologic, musculoskeletal, and psychological.

As many as 70% to 80% of all women will have fibroids by age 50 (with a higher rate of fibroids found in African-American women). Pelvic pain is one of the most common symptoms of uterine fibroids, and the level of pain as well as location may vary depending on where fibroids grow.

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Fibroid Pain During Menstrual Periods

If you have heavy periods with heavy bleeding (particularly with the passage of large clots), it may be caused by uterine fibroids. Heavy and unusually long periods are one of common symptoms of myomas. Pain during a menstrual period may be due to large clots of blood pushing through the cervix. Cramps can also be caused by the uterus trying to force out, or contract, a type of fibroid called a submucosal fibroid.

However, women suffering from fibroids may experience pelvic pain not only during menstruals. Large fibroids can enlarge a uterus causing lower back pain or pelvic discomfort. Some women with myomas experience dull pain in their thighs or legs. This occurs when fibroids become large enough to to press on nerves and blood vessels that extend to the legs.

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