Painful Joints During Periods

Pregnancy can be a beautiful thing. But for some people it may not be. It may be a long nine months of swelling and back pain. Hopefully it is just temporary and nothing to worry about. If you have back pain during your pregnancy, you don’t want it to affect your delivery and make it more difficult or painful.

Eighty percent of women will experience back pain at some time during their pregnancies. The severity of this pain during pregnancy ranges from mild discomfort after standing for extended periods of time to debilitating pain that interferes with daily life. Although back pain can be a symptom of a more serious condition, including labor, in most cases, it is the product of changes happening within the body.

Back pain and neck pain can disrupt a pregnant woman’s daily routine but the problem continues even at night when it is time to sleep. This sort of pain doesn’t allow anyone to get a good night of sleep. This problem becomes bigger for women in this condition. But what causes this type of pain during pregnancy? There are several factors that are responsible for this. An increase of hormones lead to a change in joints and loosening of ligaments that may influence the support a woman’s back usually experiences, for example. Another cause is that a pregnant woman’s center of gravity will gradually move forward which causes her posture to change, and of course, in view of the baby, there is additional weight that the back must support. The good news is that such problems can be solved with a back support pillow.

Another common cause of back pains is ligamentous sprains. From the root word ligaments, it means that the ligaments on our backs are stretched beyond capacity, causing tremendous pain. These sprains also occur along with various muscle strains.

The good news is that the median time for back pain to resolve was within six months. Approximately 35% of patients continued to describe intermittent back pain lasting 1-1/2 months after partum. At the first postpartum visit, only 15% of patients continued to have low back pain regardless when the symptoms started during pregnancy. Therefore, in most cases, pain does improve after the postpartum period.


is my joint pain serious?
for the last 7 years or so i have been suffering from occasional joint pain, mostly in my knees when i have either been standing up for too long or exercising. My joints hurt after doing what would not be considered strenuous exercise and i often have to take pain killers when this pain occurs. this pain has been on and off over this 7 year period, being more severe at times and less so at others. also, last summer i was on a hike which involved a lot of rock climbing over rocky terrain. during this hike, my knee painfully popped out of its joint when bent, and continued to be swollen and painful for the following week. i was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions what might be wrong with my joints and had any suggestions how to stop them being so painful. also, is it worth seeing a doctor about? Thanks.

  • The ONLY thing anyone can tell you is to see a Physician. Why on earth have you waited so long?