Endometriosis Leg Pain: Causes Symptoms and Management

How To Reduce Endometriosis Leg Pain

Endometriosis is a chronic condition where the cells of endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus. The uterine tissue during menstruation is inflamed putting pressure on the walls and causing leg pain along with the other symptoms of endometriosis. Endometriosis affects about 11% of the females of childbearing age. 

How To Reduce Endometriosis Leg Pain

How To Reduce Endometriosis Leg Pain

How Endometriosis Leg Feels like?

Endometriosis leg pain unlike soreness at gym or menstrual leg pain cramps is like warm tingling pain radiating over the legs. The intensity of endometriosis leg pain is different for different females. In some females it makes walking difficult however in other females body movement is almost impossible.

What are the other Symptoms of Endometriosis?

The Other symptoms of endometriosis include painful menstruation. There is pelvic pain and cramps that begin before the periods and extend several days into the menstrual period. A female may suffer from chronic pain and lower back. Intercourse is painful. In addition, the female is likely to experience pain with urination or bowel movements.

What are the other Symptoms of Endometriosis?

What are the other Symptoms of Endometriosis?

  Female suffering from endometriosis experiences heavy period or inter-menstrual bleeding. In many cases the sign and symptoms of endometriosis goes unnoticed and the condition is diagnosed when a female seeks for the treatment for infertility. Other sign and symptoms of endometriosis may include constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, nausea and bloating.

Why Endometriosis Causes Leg Pain?

Every month uterus shed its tissue whether it is growing inside or outside. However, the tissues that is present outside the uterus are unable to find the nearest exit. This is why it gets trapped and inflamed and puts pressure on the pelvic nerves that surrounds causing pain and discomfort.  In some cases, the pressure is applied on the sciatic nerve causes numbness or tingling pain in hips,  but and legs cause all sorts of discomfort and pain in the lower half of the body.

How to Manage Endometrial Leg Pain at Home?

There are many ways by which you can ease endometrial leg pain.  Try the  home remedies discussed below for relief:

Heating Pad

Applying a hot water bottle or a heating pad to your uterus and legs relieves the pain.

Heating Pad

Heating Pad

Gentle exercise

Gentle exercises such as yoga, stretches,  swimming and jogging stimulates the endorphins in the body.  Increase in the level of endorphins helps manage leg pain.

Stay hydrated

Dehydration increases pain and inflammation.  Drink enough water to keep your body hydrated.

Over the counter medication

To ease pain and inflammation you can take over the counter medications after consulting your physician.  To ease the pain your doctor may prescribe asprin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

Eating foods rich in fibre and antioxidant – 

Make sure you eat lots of green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, and berries that are rich in antioxidants and fibre. In addition include foods rich in Omega 3 and contain anti-inflammatory compounds such as walnuts, almonds, fish and sesame seeds. Limit the intake of alcohol, red meat and refined food product that causes inflammation.

Eating foods rich in fibre and antioxidant

Eating foods rich in fibre and antioxidant

Complications of Endometriosis?

Endometriosis not only causes chronic discomfort and pain but also causes infertility. About 30 to 40% of females suffering from endometriosis due to internal scarring is unable to conceive. Endometriosis complication depends upon the size, location and thickness of the abnormal growth outside the uterus. In case, leg pain is involved it may result into additional complications such as difficulty in sitting for long period especially on hard surfaces, inactivity, limping,  difficulty in walking, loss of the muscle mass in thighs buttocks and calves, altered sensation of feet and legs, trouble falling asleep and restless leg syndrome. In some cases the complications are so severe especially during the time of menstruation that the female has skip work and daily  activity gets affected. Because of the pain and the stress the female may develop anxiety and depression.  In very rare cases there may be loss of sensation in feet or legs.

What is the Outlook of Endometrial Leg Pain?

Not only endometriosis affects the abdominal or pelvic organs but also affects the pelvic nerves supplying sensation to the legs.  Talk to your doctor if you suffer from chronic leg pain especially that get worse during the time of menstruation.  If chronic endometriosis is left untreated it grows on sciatic nerves and can have serious consequences.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.

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