Common Causes of Lower Back Pain in Women:
Female lower back pain can be caused by many different things and vary greatly based on location. Unfortunately, female lower back is an all too common phenomenon. In general, almost everyone will experience some form of back pain or back problems during their lifetime.
#1. Lower Back Overuse Injuries:
The most common sources of pain in the lower back are overuse injuries to your bodies muscles, ligaments, and/or joints. Injuries like muscle sprains and strains commonly occur due to sudden movement or improper lifting techniques (especially while lifting heavy objects). We often see women suffer from middle to lower back pain when they’re carrying extra pounds around the waist. The excess weight can pull the pelvis forward, straining the lower back.
It is especially common for women to suffer from this type of overuse injury while pregnant. The strain of the extra weight on the body can cause chronic discomfort, ranging from the middle to lower back. Thankfully, at BraceAbility we offer maternity support belts if you’re suffering from back pain during pregnancy. You may also experience lower back pain if you’re suffering from kidney stones or a kidney infection.
In all cases, a combination of rest and bracing will greatly improve your pain. If the pain is stemming from excess weight, the best solution is healthy weight loss. In the meantime, an abdominal support belt will help ease discomfort in your lower back. If you think your injury is from improper lifting techniques check out this article on lifting heavy objects. Practicing these proper lifting techniques will make worlds of difference. If you’re like most people, suffering from some form of strain or sprain we recommend checking out the variety of lumbar support belts and ice or heat treatments for women.
Lower Abdominal/Stomach Pain in Women:
#2. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease:
In many instances of low-back pain, the discomfort is not isolated to the lumbar region. A bacterial infection, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), can cause lower stomach pain, abdominal pain and back pain in women, along with fatigue, fever, vomiting/diarrhea, unusual vaginal discharge or pain during sex. PID is essentially an infection of the female reproductive system. Left untreated, it can lead to irreversible damage to the female reproductive system and infertility. Treatment of this condition depends upon its severity and may simply consist of taking antibiotics or it might involve surgery if the condition causes an abscess (a collection of pus).
Pancreatitis is another condition that causes abdominal and lower back pain in women, with the abdominal pain typically centered in the upper part. This condition refers to inflammation of the pancreas, which is responsible for producing the hormones and enzymes that are necessary for processing food. Pancreatitis might develop suddenly or over time and it, too, is sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting, as well as smelly stool and indigestion. This abdominal and lower back pain in women typically worsen after eating and lessens when leaning forward or curling into a ball. Treating pancreatic typically involves several days in the hospital where the patient will receive pain medications and fluids via an IV. If a gallbladder is a culprit or the pancreas has been compromised, surgery might be needed.
A scarier source of lower back and stomach pain or abdominal pain in women is tumors and/or various forms of cancer, such as ovarian cancer. Some of the early signs of ovarian cancer include abdominal pressure or bloating, discomfort of the pelvic or stomach area, persistent indigestion or nausea, appetite loss, quickly feeling full or changes in bowel or bladder habits.
These symptoms are quite similar to a number of digestive problems, but it is important not to brush off instances of persistent stomach discomfort, abdominal pain and lower back pain in women, as some of the causes can endanger one’s health.
Groin and Lower Back Pain in Women:
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is another source of leg, groin, butt, lower back and hip pain in women. An SI joint that is overly mobile or not mobile enough can cause this discomfort as well as a burning sensation in the pelvis. This is especially common among pregnant women. An SI joint belt can help stabilize the joint to minimize the symptoms.
#5. Kidney Infection (pyelonephritis):
Pyelonephritis is another source of flank, abdominal, lower back and groin pain in women. A kidney infection can also cause fever and frequent urges to urinate. Urination may come along with a burning sensation or the presence of blood or pus. Treatment for this type of urinary tract infection typically involves the use of antibiotics and possibly hospitalization.
Left vs. Right Side Back and Groin Pain:
Often times people will notice that their pain is isolated to one side of the back or body. This could be for a variety of reasons. Here are a few common conditions that often cause isolated pain to either right or left side of the back:
#6. Flank Pain:
This is a term referring to discomfort or pain in your upper abdomen, back, or sides. This pain is commonly worse on one side of your body. Often being distinguished as left or right side back pain. Most people will experience some type of flank pain in their lifetime. Flank pain is usually temporary, however, if your pain is persistent it may be a more serious medical condition.
The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that extends from your lower back through each leg. Sciatica usually affects one side of the body, either left or right.
This condition is caused by irritation of the roots or lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine. This condition is common for women during pregnancy. To read and distinguish more conditions between right and left back pain click here.