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A very personal question for only the ladies here!

blackberrybunnybblackberrybunny Posts: 157
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Lower Back Pain
Now that I have EVERYONE'S attention--yes, I know you men are here too, too curious about my post to stay away, heh heh heh. Ladies, I have a question!!

Do you ever feel like when you get your period the pain in your lower back is worse? Or am I just imagining it? I have annular tears and leakage in my lower discs, not sure if this makes a difference or not.... but today it is bad. Do menstrual cramps do something to my spine that makes it hurt worse when its that 'time of the month?'

I almost got into an early morning argument with my hsuband because he ran me out of the bathroom this a.m. as he needed a shower. Today is "Day 1," know what I mean? I was only in there a half an hour---is that a long time or something? LOL By the time I made it out of the bathroom, I was in such pain I was crying. He didn't know what to do. We have not been able to attach my bidet to my toilet, and twisting around today was really painfull. Boy, that bidet sure would come in handy today, dammit!

Girlfriends, I need a group hug!! I'm miserable. I had to take 2 times my dose of pain meds, and I am still in a lot of pain.


  • yes....your menstrual cycle can take a toll on your back pain. If you think about it, it makes sense.

    You are not imagining it. If you are able to, take ibuprofin (anti-inflammatory) I found it helps.

  • Can I take that with the lortabs? I am scared to mix these things.
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  • Yes, although I try to stagger it by an hour or two so my stomach doesn't get too upset. That's what I'm doing today with the extra pain from my RFTC.

    And also, you can get kind of an, um, a bidet in a squirt bottle. I had to do that when I had my son because I couldn't wipe at all, I had a second degree perineal tear ;) You might try that next time you go into town? Or order from online?
  • My surgeon told me that your uterus relaxes and puts pressure on your lower back when you have your period.
  • A squirt bottle! Why didn't I think of that!!?? Thanks so much for this tip.

    And so the uterus relaxes and puts pressure on our spine? On our back? Ugh... First day is always the worst. Tomorrow is a new day!! ;-)
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  • I am with you....I have the same problem-however my pain increases with my PMS (the bloating) and then continues through the first day. I also find that my bladder and bowel problems becom more pronounced during this time as well.---Isn't it great to be a girl?!?!? ~X( :T

    I have an appt to meet with the surgeon the first week in may to go over results of discogram and wether or not he will do the four level fusion, less levels, or if i'm just plain S.O.L. have always wondered though if there wasn't some way to stop the girl process (if they can't fix spine, maybe remove girl parts to make at least one week out of the month easier for me)
    ' where did I hide that chocolate? :$ :D
  • I hate to say it but I too am with you and dread that time of the month the pain increases expadentialy, and I am waiting on my fusion and disc removal (prolapsed disc L4-L5) and I too suffer worse on day1.

    My biggest problem tho is Im alergic to NSAID's (brufen etc) so I go for the basic paracetamol and along with my other pain meds and those nifty warming sticky pads on my back or heat bag strapped to my waist and back and stay in bed.

    I too used the old squirty bottle trick after my 2 girls and I used it now too(I got torn both times) and something that too makes it nicer is to use warm water, it is just less harsh I sometimes forget to use warm and the shock of the cold water makes everything jump and hurt like heck.

    Anyway hope you feel better soon, even if only just a little bit :-) Take care!
  • I also had the same issue with increased back pain during that "time" of the month until I got the Mirena IUD. I don't get my period anymore and I don't get the cramping or menstrual symptoms at all. I may spot once in awhile but nothing a pantyliner doesn't take care of. Check with your OBGYN about it. There are low dose birth control pills that can help with PMS as well.
  • hormone therapies is that I also suffer from menstral migraines. After my tubes were tied and I dropped hormoned from no longer taking birth control, I had tremmors with the migraines for a few months afterwards until they stabilyzed fearful of messing around too much with that!

    I know removal of everything would prolly do the same thing, and a new balance will have to be found-kinda a lose/lose situation... #o
  • I have the mirena, and I love it, but am scheduled to see my OB/GYN this week and will likely have to have it out due to HBP. SOB.
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