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For the last few months I am experiencing discomfort. Period like cramps with pain in lower back and legs. The pain in my legs is the worst, I feel like an old woman . The strange thing is the pain dissipates by day 3 of my period and then returns 2 days after my period has finished.
Hi arctic I'm not a doctor, but suffered from chronic endometriosis. I also had ovarian cysts. The pain was horrific. I would go to your GP and ask for a referral to a gynaecologist. The pain down the legs especially resonates - it's hideous. I hope you get it sorted.
Thanks bigblueheart. The strange thing is since having my second child my periods are much lighter and I have no pain anymore. It would appear that I have swapped period in exchange for pain the rest of the month. [ hmm]
Mine did exactly that - the periods became lighter, the pain got worse. Apparenty if you have endometriosis you bleed 'internally' which is what causes the paid. Definitely sounds like this might be what you have. Mine got a lot lot worse after my 2nd child. I tried various tablets, then had an endometrial ablation. Unfortunately in the end I had to have a hysterectomy but didn't mind as I didn't want any more children. It is awful & you have my sympathy too!!
I went through a phase of having this mid cycle, it could go on for days and days irrespective of when my period was due, and it happened most months for the first year or so after I'd had my last child. I also had terribly stabbing/shooting/lacerating pains going up through my pelvis and my fanjo. I was investigated for endo and although I was told I did not have it, I did end up having some adhesions removed.
That was a few years ago now, and although I occasionally still get the shooting pains occasionally they are nowhere near as bad and I get 'heavy' legs from time to time, but not the awful dragging pain I had previously.
So if you don't want any more children, they don't have to worry about the impact of any treatment on your fertility. Which is good. Definitely go to the GP and ask for a referral. Don't get fobbed off. I did for years & in the end I was rushed in to hospital and had an emergency hysterectomy. There are loads of options, depending on what is causing your pain. Don't suffer in silence though! Feel free to PM me if you want to chat further x