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jean622 posted:
I believe I am going through perimenopause. At the end of June/2012 my lower back pain was so bad I went to the emergency room. Not something I usually do but the pain was so bad I couldn't lift my legs to put pants on. They did a ct scan and couldn't find anything and said it was probably muscular. Other symptoms were sore, erect nipples. About 2 weeks before this my lower pelvic area was hurting immensely. My back began hurting really badly 3 days ago and I couldn't figure out what triggered it. My period came yesterday with a vengeance and the back ache has lessened. I did not have a period in June and in July just barely spotted for about a week. Reflecting on times of my back pain and my period or lack of I am starting to come to the conclusion that it is perimenopause although my doctor doesn't think so. She thinks it is a reaction to cholesterol lowering meds. I should probably go see my gyn. Both my gyn and general prac checked my hormones within the last 6 months and said everything was fine. I disagree.
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Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear Jean,
Pain is an unlikely symptom of perimenopause. Now things like fibroids and endometriosis can certainly be related to pelvic pain; but the pain itself would be unlikely to be related to hormonal changes. A pelvic ultrasound could be helpful in looking for fibroids.
Good luck,
Mary Jane
 
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Danealoo replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
I am 51 and have had regular periods ( of course, the last 10 years have been mostly heavy). This month I have missed my period and now I am having extreme lower back pain. Massages don't help and muscle relaxers and pain meds don't get rid of the pain. I do have 3 fibroids. My primary card physician did Xrays and an MRI and it showed it was all muscular. It has now been 3 week and I can't hardly stand it. I meantioned to him about missing my period. Do you think I should seek more advice about it being my fibroids? Could they be causing me this debilitating pain? It is my lower lumbar and raydiates around my hip to my groin?
 
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jean622 replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
Wouldn't the CT scan have shown fibroids?
 
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Mary Jane Minkin, MD replied to jean622's response:
Dear Jean622,
Yes, a CT scan would usually show fibroids if they are present,
Mary Jane


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