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Q: I have this dull lower back pain that is evidently a menopause symptom.

I have this dull lower back pain that lasts for weeks. I went into Google and checked out a forum concerning lower back pain during menopause.  Evidently, a lot of women have this problem.  Where is the pain coming from?  What can I do to stop the pain?

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posie, Community Member
11/27/09 8:43am

I have had a dull lower back pain also for over six months getting increasingly worse. I absolutely know it's due to menopause in my case as i am very fit and never had any lower back problems or back problems of any kind. I felt very stiff and achey. I decided to try something for myself and had one third of a yasmin pill and the pain was gone within a few hours!  completely vanished! I'm pretty thrilled with this, so i will be researching what homones are in the yasmin and what else is available without having to break up the yasmin pills. I know what you mean about the pain, it interferes with everything. I don't suffer from hot flashes, mood swings or insomnia or all the other terrible symptoms, just this debilitating lower backache. I didn't want to use hormones, but I definately will if it means no more back pain!

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dfournier, Community Member
9/26/09 1:42pm

I have low back problems and I am in Menopause.  My doctor tells me I may have the start of arthritis and I just had an xray for which I haven't heard the results of yet.  I think it's related to Menopause.  I am an otherwise healthy 52 year old and what I experience is at certain times during the month  is that when I twist or bend certain ways, I get a cluncking in my sacroiliac joints.  It doesn't hurt at the time, but I find that my pelvis then gets easily tweaked out of position and becomes unstable, my joints get inflamed and I have pain.  I then go to the chiropractor who puts me back in place.  I've been to physcial therapy for sciatica recently and given techniques to increase my core muscles, doing pilates, and techniques to get my pelvis back in position.  I still get the clunking though and during this last week, had really serious joint inflammation.  I will go back to physical therapy now and additional back classes.  No one can tell me for sure if this is hormone related, but I really feel that it is.  Walking helps, and I plan on taking off about 10-15 pounds that I have gained in the last year.  Trying not to be stressed also helps - difficult when you are in menopause.

I also take iburprofen when the pain is bad.

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Ruth Jantzen, Community Member
10/11/10 12:57pm

I recently turned 59 years old and have, in the last 6 months, experienced increasing lower back pain (aching) that is especially notable upon waking up in the morning.  I too, thought it was my sleeping position, or mattress.  The lower back pain is reminiscent of what I used to experience just prior to having a period, except that these days, I have it every day and would shrug it off by doing yoga in the morning, applying heat and knowing that it would usually subside after I started my day.  I had this gut feeling it was related to my tired out ovaries.  I know everybody is different, but this is what my inner being was telling me.  Yesterday I was perusing products at a nearby health food store.  In the "female" section I found a product known as am/pm Menopause Formula (Enzymatic Therapy - hormone-free).  Because I also have night sweats and difficulty sleeping, I was attracted to the idea of this product because it provides the dual remedy for pm and am menopausal symptoms.  This morning I woke up and was absolutely amazed that my lower back had NO pain.  The only thing I had done was take a pm Menopause Formula.  It feels like an unexpected miracle....and all I can say is that my inner being was right.  It may not be the remedy for everybody, but I am so delighted to have found something that supports my tired out ovaries at age 59.  Please know that I am not a spokeman for this product as I am sure there are other products that will do just as good a job.  I'm not sure if it was the black cohosh or just the synergy of all the herbs, but it was welcomed relief when I woke up this morning.  Good luck to you all! 

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Amy Tudor, Editor
8/17/14 11:18am

Hi there, Julie --

 

I know this is an old question, but I did want someone from our staff to answer you!  I did a bit of reading on the subject and yes, many women experience lower back pain during and after menopause, along with joint pain. The back pain can sometimes be caused by benign fibroid masses in the uterus that are responding to hormone changes. Your doctor could give you an idea about what's causing your specific back pain and how to manage it.

 

Here are some links that might be helpful for you in any case.  Best of luck to you!

 

Natural Alternatives for Menopause Symptoms

How to Choose a Doctor for Your Menopause Journey

Best Exercises to Relieve Menopause Symptoms

 

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By juliek, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/17/14, First Published: 09/11/09