March 23, 2010,
R.J. asks from Santa Clara, CA on March 22, 2010
Terrible Pain and Pressure During Menstrual Period
I get terrible pain due to some sort of pressure around the sitting area when my period starts. Gets worse on the second day. It becomes so painful to have any bowel movements or even passing gas. (sorry i sound gross, but didn't know how else to explain it) I had checked with the doctors and have even gone through ultrasound. They don't see any problems. My nanny (a mature woman and has seen a lot) said that maybe my uterus had moved down and putting more pressure during the periods. I had two c-sections 4 and 2 years back. I am back to normal after the 2nd or 3rd day of the period. This has been going on for the last 10months. But the last 3 months the pain prolongs for a day or two as opposed to several hours before. Has anyone gone through a problem like this? Can you share how you managed this pain and what the diagnosis was?
Thanks so much in advance!
So What Happened?™
Thanks so much, Moms! I know I can count on you. I am going to talk to my OB/GYN, find another one for a second opinion and take it from there.
I went to see Gyn Specialist, though he wasn't 100% conclusive on what I have, based on the ultra sound he said I have endometriosis, like what Lisa P, mentioned below. The Dr. thinks it might be better for me to start taking birth control pills which will reduce my periods and eventually stop it all together. I had never taken birth control pills(!), so I am going get a second opinion before i go down this path.
B.Z. answers from Chicago on March 22, 2010
I had similar pain with periods. I remember trying to boost my fiber intake prior to my period so I wouldn't have to have a bowel movement during the first day of my period.
My diagnosis was endometriosis. In fact, I had terrible scar tissue around my uterus and bowels after years of ignoring the issue or having doctors minimize my concerns. I no longer have this pain after a laparoscopy with my gynocologist and bowel specialist.
One explanation about my pain from a past doctor was IBS. Not sure about IBS symptoms, but perhaps you could look into it to see if it matches your symptoms.
My gyno suggested stool softneners. I used them after my surgeries, and they helped a lot. I keep them on hand just in case, but luckily haven't had to use them.
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D.W. answers from Indianapolis on March 23, 2010
I'd recommend another opinion.
Medicine is still as much an art as it is a science. After the birth of our daughter, I found a swollen lymph node on my collarbone. Because I was 7 weeks postpartum, I went to my OB/GYN who wasn't "excited" about it and wanted me back a week later. The following day, I went to my Family Practitioner who was concerned enough to schedule an ultrasound and a biopsy.
Glad he did - in my case it was lymphoma.
But, it took another set of eyes and another opinion for us all to understand exactly what was going on.
K.B. answers from New York on March 23, 2010
You may be having hemerhoids both internally and externally, it is common as we age to have this happen during our cycles. Try sitting on a heating pad this brings great relief in most cases. Be sure that you are drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day and taking women's vitamins. Something that has helped me greatly in all areas is a probiotic, be sure that it is good quality and refridgerated, don't go for the cheap brands they are not as good, go to a reputable health food store in your area. If this continues to persist or last longer talk to you PCP about a colonoscopy with biopsies.
P.P. answers from Raleigh on March 23, 2010
My first cousin had similar problems. I don't want to scare you but she has four children... the first was a single birth, a few years later she carried identical twins (girls), and finally she had a boy before the pain she felt during her cycle and then it became all the time turned out to be the result of a distended uterus. Her uterus, as your Nanny sort of explains, had become enlongated and was coming free from parts of the inside of her body. The surgeon attempted a tacking procedure but toward the end my cousin's uterus was so badly damaged, particularly due to the complications and the weight of the twins, which she carried to term oddly enough and they were of great weight unusual for twins not to mention getting pregnant again a few years after having the twins. It was nothing more than the luck of the draw. Her body just couldn't handle more.
It's not so unusual in our family but then again, most often many of the women on my mother's side are fortunate if we can get pregnant, stay pregnant, and then carry to term. I was never supposed to be able to get pregnant (slim to nil chance....). Between the course of 10 years, I was able to get pregnant and even though these two pregnancies were severely high risk, required bed rest from the 3rd month, and I spent more time in the hospital than at home, I was able to have children and carry them until they could be born safely and oddly enough, healthy for the most part although my oldest was born with strabismus, which is crossed eyes that had to be surgically corrected by 7mos but it worked and then a few years later she began to have heart problems, which later turned out to be paroxysmal atrial tachycardia with an irregular heart beat, which medication takes care of as long as it doesn't become worse. My youngest so far is healthy.
I'd find a second-opinion OB/GYN and/or possibly a surgeon to go in for an ultrasound, CAT scan, or maybe even an MRI to find out if there is something simliar to what my cousin went through going on or even a check for ovarian cysts, uterine cysts, or even endometriosis just to be sure. There are so many things it could be and it couldn't that it's best to seek the best professional possible to find out.
Don't let the pain become too bad before going to the doctor. It could be something very simple or something very nefarious so check it out either way. You're too important to lose over something that could be easily fixed or repaired, whichever the case may be.
Take care and I'll keep you in my thoughts.
S.O. answers from Oklahoma City on March 23, 2010
I also have this pain during my period, but not while having bowel movements. It's almost like my sits bones are bruised and there is incredible pressure also. Usually on the first day of my period and sometimes the second day. Sometimes, I can no longer stand up and have to sit down because the pain gets so bad. I can remember having this once or twice before my pregnancy but not this bad. I plan on going to the doctor for my well woman exam very soon and discuss this with her. I would go back to your doctor or look into going to another doctor.
Also, if you decide to go to a new doctor, talk to the front office staff when you make the appointment and tell them about your problem ahead of time, they will know if the doctor has seen this type of problem before.
Good luck :)
L.P. answers from Sacramento on March 23, 2010
I also used to have extremely painful periods and also had trouble with painful bowel movements. My doctor discovered that I had endometriosis and he gave me a laparoscopy to find out what was causing the pain. It was discovered that I had all kinds of scar tissue in my tubes, uterus, and anal area. This is what was causing my pain. Once that was removed, I didn't have agonizing periods anymore. (they're still a nuasuance to have, but at least they're pain free). I don't know if that's the reason for yours, but it's something to ask about.
Good luck to you.
L.N. answers from New York on March 23, 2010
to me, it sounds like endometriosis, which cannot be diagnosed unless you have the two procedures done (laparoscopy and hysteroscopy). endo causes major tissue scarring, and if not treated, major damaged in there. discuss with your ob about this possibility.
C.P. answers from Sacramento on March 23, 2010
I too get pain in this area during my period. I know that my pain is from a nerve being pinched in my sciatica. I usually find great relief by seeing my Chiropractor! Good luck!
K.H. answers from Washington DC on March 23, 2010
For a start I would def go back to your OB and ask for it to be looked into again , just to make sure it is nothing to worry out. Are you taking any BC? I used to get very heavy periods and would have not pain as such but discomfort in my lower butt cheeks and in my lady areas (sorry) and the only way to describe it was like I was severley bruised , like someone had kicked me , I was like this for the first 2-3 days every month , I had to take pain relief because I could not walk up straight otherwise and literally would almost be in tears , so I decided to go on BC and it has improved , I only stayed on BC for 1 month (I was put on Yaz and for other side effects came off it) , but I am almost due my 4th period since coming off the BC and they are still better , not sure if that's coincidence or not , but taking the BC even for a short period of time seems to have helped.