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Did anyone else have horrible back pain? Did anyone else have horrible back pain?

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Unread 04-24-2002, 12:23 PM
Did anyone else have horrible back pain?

I can't tell you how happy I am to find this web site!!! I have read a ton of postings but there are a few questions I hope some of you can help me with.
My problems started after I had my tubes tied during c-secion with my 3rd child. He's now 2 1/2 and I've been in Dr's offices ever since.
My doctor is telling me my last option is a hyst. I'm 31 and not ready for it. I had an ablation last Oct. My periods didn't go away but are much better than before.
My biggest complaint is the back pain I'm having. I've been in PT three different times. The PT doesn't help a bit with the pain, but I do stand up straighter now. : )
I read the posts where women describe the pain like carrying a bowling ball in their gut. I don't have that pain, what I have feels like someone is trying to inflate a balloon at the base of my spine ( right below the waste band ) or it will feel like someone has a hand around my spine (same area) and is just squeezing like crazy.
I get the usual horrible cramping and aching with my period, but this other pain I have all month long.
My question is, did anyone else have their pain in their lower back?
My fear is that I do have the hyst only to find out the back pain was related to something else. I can live with my monthly menace if I have the right pain killers, I just can't handle the back pain anymore.
Thanks for listening to me babble, I'll be curious to hear if anyone else has this also.

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Unread 04-24-2002, 12:52 PM
Did anyone else have horrible back pain?

I know of a woman whose biggest complaint was the lower backache, like you described. She spent alot of time going from doctor to doctor and physical therapist to physical therapist. Finally one doc suggested she see an OB/GYN since her problems began after her c-section. Well, it turns out that her uterus had hardened and tilted back a little and that was giving her the pain. She had a hyst back in December and feels fantastic!

I had my hysterectomy 6 weeks ago and I just turned 32. I have to tell you that I have never ever felt so good in my life! My hormones are even, my pain is gone. I couldn't be happier!!

TAH/BSO 3/13
Unread 04-24-2002, 03:20 PM
Back Pain also


Welcome to Hystersisters. This is a wonderful site. You will find many suggestions and helpful hints. Feel free to ask anything.

Prior to my TAH/BSO, I had back pain also. I never really associated it to my menstral problems. Four Drs. told me it was because of my weight. Well, after my surgery, I have no pain. I asked my DR IF the pain could have been anything he found. He said yes. My tubes were so inflamed and pressing on my back, that he felt that was the cause of my pain. (Before that it was my weight!!). It feels so good to be pain free.

There are alot of women who post about back pain and how this surgery has helped them. That doesn't mean that it will help you. You need to discuss this with your DR. IF you are questioning your need for surgery and you are not sure you want it, check out the alternative to hysterectomy message board. Also ask your DR lots of questions.

Good luck in your decision. I am sure you will make the right one.
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Unread 04-24-2002, 04:07 PM
back pain

I am having Surgery TAH tommorow- and I have had back pain for 2 months and feel the same way-I, too am scared that something else might be wrong but after looking at other posts from women with adenomyosis I think I am releived to see others with back pain-
Mine started out up high in the midle of my back and they checked for a Urinary tract Infection and could not find one-My doctor said the pain may or may not be releived by the surgery-YIKES
It has now moved down and involves my tailbone area and pressure to my rectal area as well-YECH
I am hoping for good results and I will post after surgery to let you know

Unread 04-24-2002, 04:15 PM
Back Pain

That's me and my adenomysosis.

I describe it as a sensation that someone is stabbing a knife in the front of my uterus and constricting it with a vise in the back where I envision it meets my spine (I flunked bio so can't vouch for the anatomy accuracy). It throbs and you can feel the contractions if you put your hand on it.

My doc assures me it is for the medical reason of the excess tissue inside the uterus. Mimics labor pain.

I get to the point where I can not stand up straight. Goes on all month but soon to be over!
Unread 04-24-2002, 04:32 PM
No more back pain, woo hoo!

I had terrible chronic lower back and right hip pain for years prior to having surgery! It was so bad I'd be up at night wandering around, couldn't get comfortable. I could only stand up in the kitchen to cook or do dishes for about ten minutes before my back would be killing me. Walking, forget about it, any more than a couple of blocks and the pain would kick in like crazy. Even sitting would hurt. I was popping Advil like there was no tomorrow!

Well, ever since my SAH on 3/20, I have had NO back or hip pain - none!! I still can't believe that it's gone gone gone. I had a really big fibroid and extensive adeno, and the fibroid was at the back of my uterus. Docs say it was pressing against my spine all the time and the pain from those nerves was radiating around to my right hip. And all that time I thought it was from an old injury I suffered over 20 years ago (fractured left leg, ended up being shorter than the right one and I figured it threw my back and hips out of alignment).

I've read lots of posts here and on the post-op board from ladies who had the 'bad back' and found it was 'good' after their surgeries!

Here's hoping you have the same great result, and that your surgery and recovery go great.

Unread 04-24-2002, 06:06 PM
hip pain

It seems many of us have some kind of back pain and oddly enough I am glad to hear it. I am scheduled for TAH BSO May 22nd and my right hip is killing me. I teach and stand on my feet all day and have attributed this gnawing ache in my hip and butt to wearing heels and standing at work on a hard floor. I now suspect that it is due to my enlarged uterus w/ fibroids, cysts on ovaries and suspected adenomyosis. Sometimes the pain is so nagging that I cannot find a good position for relief. I too, live on advil. At night I cannot sleep on my right side because the pain immediately kicks in.
Oh, I really want to be like those of you that found relief after surgery!
Anxious and Hopeful,
Unread 04-24-2002, 07:10 PM
Pain in General

I had a c-sec. 8 years ago and had my tubes tied then. I have always had heavy periods even during the years on the pill. After I had my tubes done the cramping and aches got worse. I had a few episodes of intense pain that my OB suggested may be endometriosis. And I know that we have a family history of Endometriosis and Fibroids. But they went away for a few years. About 2 years ago I started have bouts of intense pain sometimes for a few days, lately it has lasted a few weeks. I usually just see my internist, who has been doing my PAP's for about 6 years. Recently, I have had 3 bouts of this pain in less than a year. My internist sent me back to the OB. He belives that it is definitely uterine pain. (Some other idiots thought it was bowel). My OB examined me and belives that I have Adenomyosis, a thickening of the uterine muscle. My uterus is the size it would be if I was 5 months pregnant (no wonder I'm up 2-3 times a night to pee). He suggested a hyst, due to the fact that I already had made the decision not to have more children, and that I'm 43. He says it's up to me when to schedule it. When I decide I've had enough of the pain. How do you decide that? How much pain is too much? I don't get alot of support from my other half. I haven't even told him yet about the Hyst.! How do you tell someone that you have been with for 21 years that everything is going to change?

Unread 04-24-2002, 07:37 PM
back pain

hellooooooch everyone---- my back pain began after i gave birth to my first child. i can not stand up and stand still---that includes cooking, dishes, i sit to iron--on a donut, i can only be so long at my pc----i am hoping i will see some relief with my surgery in july. i have lived with this so long 28yrs, that if i have to i can continue--- i know i have degeneritive arthritis of s1 and s2---i just do not care for all the other problems that can be corrected---but if it is corrected i will dance a gig janice72
Unread 04-24-2002, 10:28 PM
Did anyone else have horrible back pain?

Ponytail -

s to you! I'm sorry to hear that you don't have support from your hubby, that has to be hard on you.

As far as when to schedule your surgery and how much pain is too much - as far as I am concerned, any pain that continues and becomes chronic enough to interfere with your daily life is too much pain! Especially if something can be done to correct that. Take your time and make sure you are ready, but if you've already made up your mind and have the support of a doctor, why not go ahead and schedule. Give yourself enough time to plan for your recovery when you get home, and then, go for it!

Telling hubby might be tough, but not everything will change, and the things that WILL change will change for the better. You will be a happier and healthier person, what could be better than that?

Let us know how you are doing, keep us posted on when you will be having your surgery etc., we are always here for you.


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