PMS back pain
Many women experience back pain during PMS, it’s a common symptom and an ailment that can cause considerable discomfort, sleepless nights, and even a sick day from work. Not to worry, it’s a very normal and treatable symptom, however it also could be related to a more serious condition called endometriosis.
Most of the time back pain during PMS is due to increased inflammation during menstruation. Researchers have found that women with higher inflammatory markers during their period were more likely to experience abdominal cramping and back pain. Back pain can also be related to PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) which is characterized by severe PMS symptoms that can include vomiting, diarrhea, and pelvic pressure which can all have back pain as a side effect.
Another condition that can lead to back pain is dysmenorrhea which is characterized as painful period cramps where the uterus contracts more than normal, leading to severe and sometimes debilitating cramps. A common symptom of dysmenorrhea is lower back pain, pain radiating in the thighs and down the legs. Period cramps can also radiate in the lower and upper back.
In one study, by the National Institutes of Health, researchers found that in a group of 300 women aged 18-25, more than 84 percent of them experienced primary dysmenorrhea. Of that 84 percent, 16 percent reported lower back pain which was described by the women as: spasmodic, shooting, piercing, and stabbing.
As painful as it can be, most lower back pain is a normal part of PMS. However, severe and constant lower back pain can be a sign of a more serious condition: endometriosis. This condition happens when the uterine lining grows and moves outside of the uterus. This tissue often moves toward other areas of the pelvis and can cause severe pain, scarring, and organ dysfunction. One of the common symptoms of endometriosis can be severe period pain including lower back pain, often feeling different than back pain from PMS, PMDD, or dysmenorrhea.
This pain is not easily fixed with traditional methods such as massage or chiropractic adjusting. Endometriosis is a serious condition and requires a professional diagnosis to be treated properly.
Popular remedies for PMS-related back pain
Hormonal birth control is often prescribed for women who have painful period symptoms. A birth control medication with a combination of estrogen and progesterone may be effective, with alternative options containing only progesterone. Over the counter drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are medications that effectively reduce pain and inflammation. One systematic review of these kinds of drugs found that ibuprofen and naproxen were extremely effective, more so than aspirin.
If you prefer to treat PMS back pain without medication you may want to consider acupuncture and acupressure which are two complementary therapies that focus on applying pressure to various areas of the body to reduce pressure and pain and promote healing. Researchers have found that 12 sessions of acupuncture were able to significantly reduce period pain for up to one year.
PMS back pain is very common, normal, and should not be cause for worry. If you have concerns you have period back pain because of endometriosis, please talk to your doctor for a proper diagnosis and actionable treatment.
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Holief™ PMS Line: The Relief You Wanted
Holief™ PMS is a product line built around pure and rich Hemp extract, to promote feminine wellbeing. The herbal mix you will find in this product line works to aid in relaxation and relieve pains related to menstrual cramps.
Some of our special PMS products include:
- Holi-Cramp. Relaxing cream with olive oil, vitamin E, MCT oil and infused with Hemp extract. This topical product is formulated to bring relaxation and lasting relief to the lower part of the abdomen. It helps with discomfort associated with moderate menstrual cramps and is ideal for daily use. It is fragrance-free and easy to carry. Use as needed and enjoy the benefits of the purest natural Hemp extract.
- Holi-Cramp Plus. This cream is recommended for strong menstrual cramps and can be used any time during the day. It helps to relax the lower part of your abdomen and brings relief for discomfort associated with menstrual cramps. It contains the same natural ingredients as Holi-Cramp, but It also adds menthol, for a more effective calming and relaxing effect.
Our creams have a certified hypoallergenic base, are paraben free, and use no artificial coloring or scents. They are formulated with natural botanical oils to moisturize dry and sensitive skin.