Lower back pain is reason enough to visit a doctor. It may be due to an injury, muscle sprain, poor body mechanics or due to sudden movements. The pain may start as a dull annoying one, to being unrelenting and severe, thus hampering normal movements and mobility. It could last for as little as one to two days or as long as two or more weeks and vary in intensity.
But If you experience back pain that does not seem to be related to exhausting physical activity, it could be a symptom of some of the common problems relating to your uterus. Rather a uterine fibroid or a condition with similar symptoms called endometriosis, which your gynaecologist may be able to detect through an ultrasound or an MRI.
What is a uterine fibroid?
Fibroids are grape sized non cancerous growths in the uterus, made up of fibrous tissues and smooth muscles. Rarely do they cause problems but when they grow bigger and press against the muscles and spinal nerves of the lower back, which is a location closer to the uterus, they cause debilitating back pain and irregular or heavy menstrual periods.
Facts on Endometriosis:
Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of endometrial tissues or uterine lining cells growing outside the uterus, likely on the pelvis, abdomen and reproductive organs and mostly affects women of reproductive age. Back pain is a common occurrence, not at all unusual with endometriosis.
Treatment through medical interventions:
In the case of moderate sized fibroids, doctors may advise you to undergo laser treatment to shrink them, thus avoiding invasive surgery.
Hormonal therapy controls the hormones responsible for the buildup of endometrial tissues every month and reduces related symptoms like low back pain. Your doctor may prescribe hormonal contraceptives, birth control pills and pain medication pills.
In more severe cases, they may recommend myomectomy or fibroid removal, or even hysterectomy in case of endometriosis, which is an invasive surgery where the uterus is removed to prevent endometrial tissue growth to avoid further complications.
Home remedies for low back pain:
Your doctor may suggest natural ways to manage your pain from the comfort of your home:
- Pain medicines like non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants may be prescribed.
- Maintain good posture while sitting standing and sleeping.
- Have an eye on your body weight.
- Physical therapy like alternating ice and heat packs help to a great extent. A warm bath does wonders.
- Reduce stress which eases out tension in the muscles.
- Use aids that provide back support.
- Holistic assistance like meditation and acupuncture also go a long way in providing relief.
Dietary changes and exercise:
“Eat healthy” is the key for a robust life. Limit intake of foods such as pastries and fried foods and replace processed foods with fish, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables as these limit endometriosis and fibroid related symptoms to a large extent.
Exercise releases endorphins or feel good chemicals that lower estrogen content, which is the ultimate goal of uterine related treatment, as increased estrogen level is the root cause for hormonal imbalance. A regular exercise regime will ensure relief from symptomatic pains.
Live your life the way you want:
Low back pain after all, is not the do all and end all of life and it is only a matter of time, before you bounce back to your own energetic self. With a few life style changes and good health practices, it can definitely be brought under control. Consult your doctor now!!!