Is back pain a symptom of fibroids?

It can be. Depending on where the fibroids are located will determine what if any symptoms the woman may experience. Fibroids located centrally in the uterus can displace the lining causing heavy menstrual flow. Those that are in the anterior part of the uterus can compress the bladder causing increased urinary frequency and nocturia (waking up at night to urinate). Those fibroids that are located posteriorly or laterally can press on pelvic nerves to cause pelvic pain which can radiate in to the hip, buttock, or back on the same side as the fibroid and radiate down that same leg.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Among many other symptoms, a uterine fibroid can cause back pain. Watch the animation to learn more about symptoms of fibroids.


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Uterine Fibroids

If you have uterine fibroids, you may never even notice that they are there. Ranging from the size of a small seed to grapefruit-sized, fibroids are tumors on the uterus that rarely cause harm. Some women have true discomfort with ...

fibroids, including pain in the abdomen or low back, or pain during sex. Sometimes, uterine fibroids can cause miscarriage, preterm labor, or even lead to infertility. Women in their 40s and 50s, women of African-American descent and women that are overweight are at higher risk of developing fibroids, although an estimated 20-80% of women will have them at some point before they turn 50. If your doctor notices fibroids during an ultrasound or pelvic exam, he or she may want to treat them with medication or surgery.
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