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Post Menopausal Cramps
flrn88 posted:
I am 55 years old and have been period free for 5 years now. For the past month I have had lower abdominal cramps, low back pain, and what feels like left ovarian pain which makes it painful sometimes to even sit down. I had a history of endometriosis before but thought those symptoms went away with menopause. Have a TV ultrasound scheduled next week. I am very worried about this pain. It's getting worse by the day it seems. About a year after I went into menopause I had some breakthrough bleeding and had the ultrasound then that was negative. Just wondering why the pain is getting worse, very heavy feeling in my low abdomen.
Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear firn88,
Please don't worry. You are already are planning on the proper evaluation-a TV ultrasound is exactly what I would suggest for starters. Indeed endometriosis usually does improve with menopause, so it's not clear exactly what is happening. And remember, pain from the intestines can be very similar to that arising from the gynecological organs. Even something like irritable bowel syndrome can present with symptoms similar to yours.
So don't worry, and do let us all know how the work up is progressing, and hope you feel better soon.
Good luck,
Mary Jane

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