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Old 07-07-2007, 11:16 PM   #1
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Pelvic pain with abdominal and back pain -- could this all be back related?

I've had on and off pain/pressure in my right lower back, abdomen, right flank and right side of my pelvis for over 1 1/2 years. Sometimes it's really bad. Have also had irregular cycles for 11 years (since going off the pill) that vary between 28 and up to 55 days, which has made me think it was gynecological. But I'm wondering if it could be my back. Maybe myofascial pain.
I've had an abdominal and pelvic u/s over a year ago that were both normal (except one cyst on my right ovary), and a CTscan last Sept, also normal except my right ovary is almost one cm larger than the left, which I guess is normal. Normal blood work several times. Also hip x-rays were normal. I have not had x-rays or scans of my back.

 
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Old 07-08-2007, 07:17 AM   #2
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Re: Pelvic pain with abdominal and back pain -- could this all be back related?

I dont know, but it sounds similar to me. I fell this past winter, and have been in a lot of pain. Mine is in my pelvis, right side, it goes around the front of my pelvis (that hip bone) and sometimes down the front of that leg. Then other times its sciatic.
I just had an mri and all of my lumbar discs are bulging. (I thought for sure that something in my hip/pelvis would show up).

If i sit, or am in a car for more then 20 minutes, the next day....omg, I feel like my toes are in a vice, I cannot lay on my right side.

You might consider getting an mri on your back.


I hope that this helps.

 
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Re: Pelvic pain with abdominal and back pain -- could this all be back related?

Hi, yes it's possible your pain could be spine related. Have you had your kidneys checked? Flank pain can come from the kidneys and radiate out from there, like a stone or something else. Pain originating in or around the spine can also radiate out and away from the original location.

I had worsening pain in my low back area, sides, hips, and legs over a period of several years. I had an X Ray which only showed mild scoliosis and some bone spurs. Then had an MRI, which found all sorts of problems, including severe stenosis; but also found ovarian cysts. It didnt seem like I had any pain coming from any female organ areas, but my rheumy told me to have it checked & said I could have pain due to that. (Personally I knew it wasnt coming from the cysts, as I could pretty pin point where my pain was starting in my spine). But anyway, I had my gyno look into the cysts and I did end up having yet another gyno issue which was caught very early so I had that taken care of. Even after this, I still had my spine pain and it was still worsening to the point I could no longer walk. SO I did have alot going on but all of my pain ended up due to my stenosis, spondylosis, and disc herniations and tear.

You mentioned myfacial pain...does your pain only seem to be in your muscles? What would you say the pain feels like? Achy, sharp, on & off, constant, electric, cramp-like, etc...

Do you have any other symptoms that you can think of?

 
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After my fusion surgery in 2005 I awoke with pelvic pain, buttock pain, and saddle anesthesia. The pain now radiates to my groin area and abdominal area. It is believed to be caused from either the S1 nerve root being entrapped or from the stenosis now at another level.(L3-L4). The pain comes right through from the back, like someone is stabbing me. (never been stabbed, but I generalize that is how it would feel). Have you had any nerve test, EMG's on your back nerves? I would also suggest a MRI/contrast on you back. Hope you get some answers and pain relief real soon.

 
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Re: Pelvic pain with abdominal and back pain -- could this all be back related?

Wonder, i hate to tell you this, but many times i read and was told that ex-rays don't show much and mostly never show any real problems.
CT, MRI, discogram can show if something wrong with your back or hip area. Don't show your SIJ though which can give you terrible pains in your hip/pelvic, tigh, stomach areas too. But also your back can cause the same symptoms.I would definately see the ortho/spinal specialist and see what he recommends.
Also, i don't know your age, but what about menopause? You may go through common time in your life that is why you are so irregular. Besides this, you know when you stop taking pill, you can experience this symptoms.

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Re: Pelvic pain with abdominal and back pain -- could this all be back related?

I'm only 35, so the doc is pretty sure it's not menopause. And I've actually had the irregular cycles since going off the pill when I was 24.

The pain is constant, sometimes dull, sometimes a burning feeling -- more like nerve than muscle. Sometimes I swear it feels just like it's got to be my ovaries, but other times it feels like it comes from my back, like the whole sitting thing making it worse. I couldn't even sit through church today. I had to go stand in the back, which actually made it feel better.

The pain has lasted three months straight, where I have pain every day. Then gone away as much as 2 months straight -- no back pain at all. Sometimes it will come and only last a day or two, then go away for awhile. But I've also had TMJ type problems in the past year and have been diagnosed with chronic myofascial pain.

 
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Re: Pelvic pain with abdominal and back pain -- could this all be back related?

So today I had lower back and pelvic pain during bowel movement (sorry if TMI). Can this be back related, or is it more likely that I should be telling my OB-GYN?

 
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Re: Pelvic pain with abdominal and back pain -- could this all be back related?

I am no authority in this area, but it was deep groin (pelvic) pain that sent me to the emergency room, which led--in time--to my radiculopathy diagnosis. Unfortunately, I'm having difficulty getting funding to have it fixed.

So, I would check with OB/GYN first (I also had severe pelvic pain with both of my ovarian cysts), and if nothing there, I would see a spine doc.

 
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