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Old 10-12-2008, 03:24 PM   #1
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does menstruation affect herniated discs?

does menstruation affect herniated discs? i have three herniated discs in my back, and at the very end of my period- when it has almost stopped- I get horrific burning pain in my buttocks, so bad that I can't stand. After a day or two, it stops until the end of my next period when it starts all over again. I am 31 and this has been happening since I first stared my period at age 13.

 
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Old 10-12-2008, 04:58 PM   #2
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Re: does menstruation affect herniated discs?

Probably fluid retention is putting additional pressure on your back. Just my guess.
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Old 10-12-2008, 07:28 PM   #3
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Re: does menstruation affect herniated discs?

Is it possible that you have endometriosis? I do and it has almost always given me trouble in my back, although not necessarily at the end of my cycle. Endo causes 'backflow', rather than out the uterus through the vaginal opening, some goes out into the body cavity and you can feel discomfort or 'zowie' pain at the site or sites where the blood deposits and settles. For me, it seems to like to go to my back and I have problems with my ovaries as well -grow cysts on one of them during some cycles that are excruciating. For some reason, I don't have as much trouble with my endo as my sisters have had with theirs (3 of my sisters also have it). I'm grateful for that, and given how much I hate the level I have to deal with, it makes me feel mighty bad for those who have it so much worse. I'd ask your GYN about it.

 
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Re: does menstruation affect herniated discs?

Hi all.....these boards are so informative.....it never seems to fail that when I have a question or a problem someone on the boards at the same time is posting about that exact thing. I won't go in to the boring depressing details of all my spinal problems except that I have many. What I wanted to add to this discussion is I did question my doctor about my menstrual cycle. I never my entire life had cramps or problems or ever even needed to take mydol. However ever since my spine problems developed years ago my cycle has me in so much pain. All the pain is in my spine and my lower hips. My doctor explained to me that when a woman has her cycle the 'cramps' settle in the weakest part of your body. It really feels nothing like cramps it just makes my back feel very very weak and even more pain is located there during this time. I unfortunately will have spinal problems the rest of my life and I am not eligible for any more surgeries so I apsolutely dread having my cycle because after all these years of crampfree cycles I am now have to deal with this agony for 5 days evey month...........and at this moment it has me down and out !! .......take -care ,

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Old 10-13-2008, 04:38 AM   #5
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Re: does menstruation affect herniated discs?

Yes, the first day of my period my back and stomach absolutely kill me - I don't normally take anything for pain except for the day I start and maybe a day or 2 later. I had a fusion at L5-S1 and if ever there was a time I would like something stronger than a tylenol it's then. I never knew "why" it hurt so bad. thanks for the info!

 
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Re: does menstruation affect herniated discs?

I can tell you that even after having surgery 15 years ago for my low back - when I get my period it seems to accentuate my back pain (which is usually so minimal). I live for the heating pad on those days.
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Re: does menstruation affect herniated discs?

I have the same problem. A couple of years ago my doctor put me on medication to reduce the frequency of my periods to once per every 3 months. I definitely recommend talking to your doctor about this. It has made a world of difference for me!

 
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Re: does menstruation affect herniated discs?

Hi, cookiemarie and everyone else.

I'd just like to say that I know what all of you mean as I have the same problem. Mine can get so bad I can't stand up at all. I have had an MRI of my lower/lumbar spine and the only thing they can see on the MRI is one degenerated disc that has lost all of its fluid in the L2/L3 area of my spine.

My mom has told me that she reckons it hurts so much when I get menstruation because the nerves get inflamed even more on my spine but I'm not sure.

I do wonder if I have something else wrong like endometriosis as my menstruation is very painful - stomache cramps, aching legs, backache.

I have read that endometriosis can have back pain, buttock pain, etc as symptoms and am considering this.

I'm hoping to get it checked out and take some medication that will either make my menstruation once every three months or temporarily not menstruate at all as I am just fed up of having them every month. It is affecting my life quite bad.

alpine, if you don't mind me asking, what sort of medication is it that you were given?

I'm sorry I can't be of any more help as I don't really know what mine is - whether it's my menstruation or my back problem or both.

 
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I too am 31 (tomorrow), and around "that time" I often got the sciatic nerve pain in my hip, buttock, and thigh. My mom and sister get it too. Motrin always helped us. However, like you I recently herniated my disk (3-4 months ago), and the pain is even worse. These are the times I have to take RX painkillers. I just decided to go on birth control (YAZ), hoping it will even out hormonal fluctuations and therby reducing the pain. If it does not work nerve blocking shots or discectomy is an option. I will keep you posted. Good luck to you and keep us posted too.

 
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I woke this morning with my period and did my back and sciatic pain HURT. Yes, I can definately say that menstruation effects my back. Before all my back problems, I used to go to a kickboxing class 3x a week (oh my past life....). Well, I always knew when my period was coming because I would get this ache in my lower back. It was so bad that I could not even do more than 5 sit-ups without being in major pain. Then after about the third day of my cycle, I was fine again.

 
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Re: does menstruation affect herniated discs?

I don't think that your period itself effects the herniated discs but maybe if your like me and retain water and bloat it puts more strain on the back. For me, its right before my period that I am in agony. My pain increases from the normal 5 or 6 to 8-9 and I agree with whoever said they use their heating pad alot. My heating pad becomes my bestest friend. I even tried doing Depo-Provera and it was great for about 6 weeks no period no extra pain and then came the never-ending period for the remainder of the 3 months( and of course lots of pain)-I guess it just depends on the person. I hope you can find something to relieve your pain. Take Care, Dee
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:29 AM   #12
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Re: does menstruation affect herniated discs?

I take Seasonale. It works great! It is a birth control pill and you only take the placebo pills once every 3 months.

 
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Re: does menstruation affect herniated discs?

Thanks, alpine.

I've heard of Seasonale and it does sound good, the only problem is, I suffer from miegrains and I'm not sure if I should take them or not.

I think that I should look into asking my doctor about taking something to mae my menstual much less frequent (not every month) as I wouldn't suffer as much with my back as this tends to set it off.

 
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Re: does menstruation affect herniated discs?

Becasue I get hormone migraines during menstruation I take the pill fulltime (with no week off). Instead of taking seasonale my doctor has me on my usual loestrin fe (generic is microgestin) and based on the way he writes the prescription I can get a new pack every 3 weeks and insurance covers each pack. This has meant no menstrual migraines in many years.
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