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Lower back pain (on right) + odd menstruation

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  • Posted By: Parasol
  • May 2, 2009
  • 01:49 PM

Hi there,

I'd be so grateful if anyone could let me know what it could be or even if they've had the same.

For several years about 10 years ago I had an extremely painful swelling on the pubic bone (right side) which fluctuated, I think it was related to the menstrual cycle. This has improved over the years and hardly bothers me now. The improvement began after I regularly used the machine in the sports club where you hang upside down: I felt the right side between the belly button and pubic area stretching something which sort of felt glued together (the left side felt normal). After doing that twice a week for some months, the swelling stopped forming/subsiding.

Over the past year I've had pain radiating around from just to the right of my spine (lower back) around the hip to the front and downwards. I haven't worked out what the cause could be.

My periods were always regular, but the last few have been close together: 3 weeks and now only 2 weeks.

I'm 42 and had a lot of stress over the past couple of years, which is better now though. I've considered various possible causes: menopause, sitting badly (back pain), certain sports but also more scary reasons.

Thanks for any info or advice you want to share.

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  • What diagnosis did you get on that painful swelling? Have you been to a doctor? What were you told or what tests were performed?
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi,Thanks for your reply.Yes, I went to the doctor about the swelling. That must have been in about 2000 or 2001. The gynocological internal exam was fine and the xray of the bone was ok (the swelling wasn't painful on the xray day, but at that time I still hadn't realised it was related to my menstrual cycle - that took me years to notice because it was delayed i.e. the pain when it went down each month was worse than when it was swelling up). It was a sharp jabbing pain. While swollen it felt very painful and stiff, especially e.g. when standing up after sitting. It was too painful to touch harder than very gently, and even influenced my sleeping position. I didn't receive a diagnosis. After that I just got on with life, hoping it wasn't serious. As I mentioned, over the last couple of years it seemed to have improved and almost disappeared: I haven't had much or any pain from the swelling (since hanging upside down at the sports club in 2005/2006, or possibly that was coincidence and it's age-related with changing menstruation: I can only guess). The pubic bone feels practically the same on each side now and is rarely even tender at all.The new things may or may not be related. I haven't mentioned the back pain or change in periods to a doctor. I'm shy and really dread anything invasive. I'm the type of person who hopes things will disappear of their own accord. It worries me though, hence my question on this forum.
    Parasol 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • A change in frequency of your periods could be the beginning of menopause. This is how mine began at age 38. My periods were more difficult and closer together. Then I started skipping months. At this point I had a blood test that determined I was indeed menopausal. After 5 years, they just stopped altogether.The pain radiating around from just to the right of your spine (lower back) around the hip to the front and downwards could be a spinal/back problem. You might try walking 30 minutes each day for strength.And the stress you have experienced could be causing you anxiety which walking will also help with.I'm sorry I have nothing more to offer you. I understand you are shy, however, you should keep up with your doctor visits to ensure nothing more serious is going on. There is just no way to diagnose via the Internet. :)
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks again for your reply.That's interesting that you experienced a similar change at 38, which turned out to be the begining of the menopause. I'd read that it's normal for periods to get closer together over the years, and mine had been doing this anyway - from 32+ down to 26 average. The 2 week gap is the shortest ever. Yes, good idea, I'll try walking more. I also suspect that a particular pair of shoes could be making it worse (MBTs I don't know if you're familiar with them). I haven't worn them for a few days and the pain seems to be improving. I'll consider going to the doctor's if the periods don't settle or if the back pain continues. I really appreciate having had your feedback. :)
    Parasol 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • The back pain could be related to the swelling problems if you have developed some type of gynecological problem over time, endometriosis or something similar. The pain radiating to your hip and down should not be related to your swelling problems. When you say it goes to your hip and down do you mean it travels down your leg? if so how far down and where (outside, back, etc) and do you have any numbness or tingling along with this or at other times?
    SpineGirl 64 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi,Thanks for your reply. The back pain could be related to the swelling problems if you have developed some type of gynecological problem over time, endometriosis or something similar. I've also wondered about endometriosis seeing as it's linked to my periods and is (was) so painful. The location's odd though for that, isn't it? What's actually just above the pubic bone to the right of the middle? The lymph nodes seem close but higher as far as I could tell on drawings. I'm on day 2 of my period now and it feels a bit tender on that spot and a few inches around it, but much less than in the past. The worst part back then was when it was subsiding each time: the jabs of pain were really excrutiating but luckily only lasted a second or two at a time. The pain radiating to your hip and down should not be related to your swelling problems. When you say it goes to your hip and down do you mean it travels down your leg? if so how far down and where (outside, back, etc) and do you have any numbness or tingling along with this or at other times?It goes from just to the right of my lower spine to the hip (pelvis) and down the right of my tummy and towards the area where the swelling was/is. When I press the right side of my body between my waist and that area it tends to be more tender than the left, which doesn't feel like that at all. I've also wondered about the appendix and I get the occasional "jab" of pain. My back's not hurting today and my periods have recently become less painful so I don't need any painkillers. I haven't had any numbness or tingling connected to the swelling - not even when it was at its worst. In those days I did also feel tenderness in my right leg, but on a particular spot as opposed to travelling down the leg and not often. Very occasionally my right leg has felt weird and uncomfortable mostly when sitting. This is very rare, but has happened now and again since about 2004. Thanks for your interest and advice. I hope I'm describing it all clearly enough.
    Parasol 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi,Thanks for your reply. The back pain could be related to the swelling problems if you have developed some type of gynecological problem over time, endometriosis or something similar. I've also wondered about endometriosis seeing as it's linked to my periods and is (was) so painful. The location's odd though for that, isn't it? What's actually just above the pubic bone to the right of the middle? The lymph nodes seem close but higher as far as I could tell on drawings. I'm on day 2 of my period now and it feels a bit tender on that spot and a few inches around it, but much less than in the past. The worst part back then was when it was subsiding each time: the jabs of pain were really excrutiating but luckily only lasted a second or two at a time. The pain radiating to your hip and down should not be related to your swelling problems. When you say it goes to your hip and down do you mean it travels down your leg? if so how far down and where (outside, back, etc) and do you have any numbness or tingling along with this or at other times?It goes from just to the right of my lower spine to the hip (pelvis) and down the right of my tummy and towards the area where the swelling was/is. When I press the right side of my body between my waist and that area it tends to be more tender than the left, which doesn't feel like that at all. I've also wondered about the appendix and I get the occasional "jab" of pain. My back's not hurting today and my periods have recently become less painful so I don't need any painkillers. I haven't had any numbness or tingling connected to the swelling - not even when it was at its worst. In those days I did also feel tenderness in my right leg, but on a particular spot as opposed to travelling down the leg and not often. Very occasionally my right leg has felt weird and uncomfortable mostly when sitting. This is very rare, but has happened now and again since about 2004. Thanks for your interest and advice. I hope I'm describing it all clearly enough.
    Parasol 4 Replies Flag this Response
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