Having lower back pain with cramps but no period.... keep reading to find out the possible causes of this in women.
Abdominal pain and lower back pain are two common types of pain that affects women. The most common reason for abdominal discomfort for a woman is mensuration.
But if you are not on your period, gynaecological conditions affecting the ovaries can also cause side pains.
Where does lower back pain occur?
Lower back pain is any pain you feel below the ribs and above the legs. Women are prone to having pain in their lower back due to the presence of the reproductive organs under located under the ribs and above the legs.
When are lower abdominal cramps?
Lower abdominal cramps occurs between the chest and the pelvic regions. Pain in the lower abdomen can be caused by various factors. It is also known as stomache ache.
Possible causes of cramps and Lower back pain
During your period, the uterus sheds it's inside lining. The uterus contracts and relaxes to do this. Pain in the lower back during your period is totally normal and it is caused by the uterus contracting.
2. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
PMS are group of common symptoms that you have 1-2 weeks before your period starts. Examples of Premenstrual Syndromes are Nausea, mood swings, Lower Abdominal cramping, back pain, acne.
Before your period starts your uterus starts contracting to get ready to shed its lining.
Period cramps can be treated with home remedies or pain killers such as non steroid inflammatory drugs: ibuprofen
One of the earliest signs of pregnancy is cramping or light bleeding. When the fertilised egg tries to implant itself to the uterine lining, it causes cramps and back pain.
This pain can be mild and unnoticeable for some women. While for other women they can feel when the pain is happening.
Other early pregnancy symptoms are: bloating, headache, abdominal bloating.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the cells in the lining uterus starts to grow outside the uterus. It starts to grow on other organs such as the fallopian tube, ovaries, pelvic region.
The symptoms of endometriosis are:
- Pain in the pelvis and lower back.
- Severe menstrual cramp
- Abdominal cramps during mensuration
- Painful bowels
- Heavy bleeding during Periods
5. Ovarian cysts
Ovarian cyst is a sac filled with fluid on the ovaries of a woman. During a woman's menstrual cycle, the egg grows on the follicle. The follicle is found on the ovaries.
At ovulation the follicle bursts open and the egg is released. If the follicle doesn't burst open, the fluid in the follicle forms a cysts in the ovary.
A large ovarian cyst can cause pain in lower back and abdominal discomfort.
Symptoms of ovarian cyst are:
- Pelvic pain
- Pain in lower back and thighs
- Abdominal swelling and bloating
- Pain during intercourse
- Breast tenderness
- Nausea and Vomiting
6. Ectopic Pregnancy
Ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg attaches itself outside the womb, in a wrong place such as the fallopian tube.
Ectopic pregnancy causes Stomach pain, pelvic pain, abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, pain with intercourse, dizziness and fainting.
7. Gall Stones
Gallstones are small stones that form in the bladder. They are usually made up of cholesterol.
Gallstones can cause severe lower abdomen pain, especially if the gall stones blocks a bile duct.
8. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PID is an infection of the upper part of the female reproductive organs. It is often caused by a sexually transmitted infection like chlamydia, gonorrhea, .
PID infects organs such as the fallopian tubes, Ovaries and cervix.
PID can be treated with antibiotics.
Symptoms of PID are:
- Lower belly pains
- Pelvic pains
- Vaginal bleeding between your periods
- Pain while having intercourse
- Pain during urination
9. Kidney Stones
Many people who have kidney stones have complained that the pain feels like sharp pain on one side of their lower abdomen or lower back.
WHAT TO DO
If you have pains in your lower abdomen or lower back that is unusual or unbearable. See your Doctor immediately.
Your doctor will ask for you previous health history and perform a pelvic examination.
Home remedy for back pain due to gas
These are the recommended ways to get rid of bloating and gas:
1. Drink some peppermint tea
2. Drink more glasses of warm water.
3. Drink Chamomile Tea
4. Eat yogurt everyday
5. Eat some ginger or Drink Ginger Tea
6. Drink some lemon Juice
7. Eat Papaya
8. Eat Slowly
9. Exercise everyday
10. Avoid gassy or carbonated drinks
Lower back pain and stomach cramps could I be pregnant?
Cramping and pain in the lower abdomen and including bloated tummy are signs of pregnancy. Even though these symptoms could also pass for premenstrual syndrome.
The best way to confirm if pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.
Other symptoms of early pregnancy are:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatigue and Tiredness
- Missed Period
- Sore breast
- Mood swings