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Severe low back pain with uterine prolapse+??? Severe low back pain with uterine prolapse+???

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Unread 06-28-2002, 05:53 PM
Severe low back pain with uterine prolapse+???

Here's a question for all the ladies out there who have or had have a uterine prolapse with cystocele & rectocele. I have been experiencing an increasingly painful lower back. Started about 3 weeks ago and yesterday it got to the point that when I tried to dry myself off after a shower I could not from the pain in my back. In fact, my husband had to help me get dressed - that's a first for me! I called my urogynecologists' office and talked to a nurse there who said the pain could very well be from the prolapse but if it continued to worsen I should have my regular doctor check me out. I saw my regular doctor later that morning. He doubted that a prolaspe+ could cause such severe back pain and thought there was a could chance I might have a herniated disc in my back. He said I needed an MRI to know for sure.

Had the MRI yesterday afternoon and the results are negative - no disc problem thank goodness! But, that still leaves me to wonder why the back pain. So I am wondering if anyone else out there ever experienced such pain with a prolapse. I'd place the pain I had yesterday at a 6 or 7 on a scale of 1-10.

I see my urogyn. on Monday and will definitely talk to him about this. I am scheduled for surgery on July 16 and hope that it will eliminate my back pain (among many other things).

Thanks for your help!
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Unread 06-28-2002, 06:54 PM
lower back pain

Hi Marsha,
I'm so sorry you are having so much lower back pain. I'm glad that they were able to rule out a herniated disk.
I can tell you that I have lower back pain off and on. Some days it is worse than others. Standing for a while tends to aggrevate it. It will sometimes radiate down into my legs.
I have never been one to have "cramps" in the front like most people I always have them in my lower back.
After doing research for my hysterectomy I realized some of that could be due to my retrovertated uterus and the prolapse. Sometimes a good long soak in a hot bath and laying on my back with pillows under my knees helps.
I wish you luck and hope it eases up soon for you.
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Unread 06-28-2002, 08:46 PM
definitely did for me

Hi there, I can certainly relate to your back pain, especially the "freezing" jolt that just locks you up in agony. I often got it bending suddenly or if walking and one foot dropping into small hole and then electric shock time right through whole body.

I had an enlarged prolapsed uterus, also tilted and retroverted just for fun, about size of 12 week pregnancy. It had come down and caused the cystocele, that led to chronic cystitis in the bladder, and a retrocele and enterocele ( herniated retrocele). After heavy bleeding with clots, agonising cramps, severe diarrhoea/constipation and the back ache, I had LAVH, burch sling bladder tack, bladder wash and cauterised, pelvic floor repair and antibiotics.

From the first time I got out of bed on day one, even with drain, iv and catheter, THE PAIN was gone and has never returned! I feel a different person, I hadn't realised just how depressed I was and how limited m y activities with the family were getting ....can't go in the boat, hurts, can't go camping, hurts, can't go on bush walks, hurts.... Am sure you can supply others.

A word of caution, I do know some posts have mentioned an increase in back pain, but it seems to be more related to trauma during surgery which usually improves with the healing. For me, I am living a new life with no pain. Hope all goes well for you, Linda
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Unread 06-29-2002, 12:18 AM
Severe low back pain with uterine prolapse+???

Hi Marsha, I did have some lower back pain with the prolapse but it wasn't that severe. Mostly I just felt very uncomfortable, like everything was falling out (it was). The only thing that helped me was that a friend of mine who had an inversion table gave it to me to use. I would lie on it and gently let it go back and all of a sudden I would feel this "schloop" and all my organs would slide back up into place. It was weird and great at the same time. I'd stay there maybe 10 minutes and then get up, and be OK for a little while anyway. It was the only time I didn't have discomfort from the prolapse, because the inversion undid the negative effects of gravity. So, you might try letting gravity help you out and see if it reduces your pain. If you don't have access to an inversion table you can probably create a slope on the floor with sofa cushions and pillows and just lie down there for a little while a couple of times a day and see if it helps at all. And hopefully your surgery will resolve the problem for real.
Good luck and s,
-Linda
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