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Can Endometriosis Cause Back Pain?

Can Endometriosis Cause Back Pain?

ANSWER:

Endometriosis CAN cause back pain.

More Info: Lower back pain occurring at any time during the menstrual cycle is a symptom of endometriosis, a painful condition where the endometrium lining the uterus begins to grow outside of the uterus most often on the ovaries but can also occur on any tissue in the pelvis.

Those suffering from endometriosis will also likely experience painful periods, pain in the lower abdomen during menstruation, cramps, pain during intercourse, and pain with bowel movements.

Why Does Endometriosis Cause Pain?

The endometrium is the lining of the uterus that is shed during the monthly menstrual cycle.  When tissues of this lining begin growing outside of the uterus this is a condition called endometriosis.  Growths of endometriosis on organs such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and even the bowels can cause scar tissue, inflammation, and pain.  In some cases, the growths can bind organs together.  These growths can cause a variety of internal problems many of which cause pain.

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“Endometriosis – PubMed Health.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Nov. 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001913/

“Endometriosis – MayoClinic.com.” Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/endometriosis/DS00289

“Endometriosis fact sheet | womenshealth.gov .” womenshealth.gov . N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2011. <http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/endometriosis.cfm>.

“Endometriosis.org : the Global Forum on Endometriosis.” Endometriosis.org : the Global Forum on Endometriosis. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. <http://endometriosis.org/>.

 

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