Lower back pain during periods is lesser common than other symptoms such as breast tenderness, headaches and irritability. However, a decent percentage of women do experience lower back pain either at some point during every period or sporadically but not every month.
It’s not entirely clear as to why the onset of one’s menstrual cycle leads to lower back pain, however many medical professionals believe it is because there are a series of muscles and tendons in both the upper and lower regions of the back and since the lower region is more sensitive it becomes affected easily. Much of this is due to the uterine lining shedding its outer layers during the menstrual cycles and at the same time, it releases specific hormones into the body. Hormones such as Prostaglandins will often cause cramping, pulsing or discomfort in the back region during a woman’s period.
Although the Prostaglandins make cause the pain to originate within the back muscles, it is also possible that when they find their way to the abdominal region, at some point that pain moves to the lower back area. This is mostly caused because during the release of that hormone, the muscles in the stomach restrict and contract, causing discomfort and that pain often travels to other areas of the body close to the stomach area.
There are various things that can help relieve lower back pain during periods. Many women rely on over the counter medications such as Tylenol or Midol and these non-prescription drugs can work wonders for relieving discomfort in the back areas. If the back pain is so intense that it interferes with normal activities, a physician may prescribe a stronger or higher dose of medication that you need a prescription for.
Dehydration is another common cause of lower back pain during periods and because of that you should always increase the amount of water and fluids you drink before and during your menstrual cycle. In order for muscles to not become constricted and for them to be able to move with ease, they must not be dehydrated as that adds to bodily pain. Therefore by drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day or more, the bones and muscles will remain healthy and the risk of muscles spasms will lessen.
Athletes are infamous for applying heat to painful areas or parts of the body that become stressed and the same motto can be applied for lower back pain. When heat is applied to tense or constricting muscles, it will relax them and the pain will lessen. Lay or sit in a comfortable position and place a heating pad on the area of the back that is causing discomfort to ease the tension. You can also take a hot bath with Epsom salt to relieve discomfort and lessen the severity of muscle spasms.
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