Can Pelvic Prolapse Cause Leg Pain?

Pelvic prolapse is incredibly frustrating and incredibly uncomfortable.

can pelvic prolapse cause leg pain

The condition, which is caused when one of the multiple organs in the pelvis slips from its position and presses against the vagina, can cause a massive array of symptoms.

If you are suffering from pelvic prolapse yourself, you’ve likely already suffered from symptoms like a sense of fullness, towards the pelvic area, and maybe even an ache, towards the lower back. 

However, you’ve also likely found yourself here because you are suffering from leg pain, which you suspect may be a direct result of your pelvic prolapse. Want to find out if this symptom is potentially related to the condition?

Then you will definitely want to read on down below.

I’ve collected together all of the most important information on the condition from across the web so that you can hopefully find some relief from the pain in your leg, and allow your body to heal!

Dive in down below to get started!

What Is Pelvic Prolapse?

It would be pertinent to take a look at exactly what pelvic prolapse is, and what its usual symptoms are before we attempt to find out whether it might be linked to issues with leg pain.

Pelvic prolapse is a condition that is caused by any number of the organs found in the pelvic area shifting from their usual position, downward, and towards the vagina, which causes a heavy and full sensation towards the entire area. 

Luckily, pelvic prolapse is an issue that can be resolved with treatment, or even with some pelvic floor exercises.

At this stage, if you only suspect that you are suffering from pelvic prolapse, then I strongly recommend paying a visit to your doctor to find out for sure. Leaving the condition untreated can lead to it worsening over time.

Is Leg Pain A Symptom Of Pelvic Prolapse?

Pelvic (see also: What Is Pelvic Rest?)prolapse has a number of common symptoms, such as pain during intercourse, and even a sense of heaviness in the lower abdomen, but the symptoms are certainly not limited to this.

Every woman is different, and as such each woman can experience very different symptoms from others. 

Leg pain can be a common symptom amongst some women, as well as lower back pain when suffering from pelvic prolapse.

The reason why these two areas of the body may begin to hurt when suffering from pelvic (see also: What Is A Pelvic Wand?)prolapse is that the pelvic organs may begin to push against the muscles of the body around the pelvis.

This could be towards the lower back, or towards the top of the legs. 

If you are suffering from leg pain, or even back pain as a result of pelvic prolapse, then you can rest assured that it is totally normal, and not a sign of something more advanced or concerning. 

How Is Pelvic Prolapse Treated?

When you speak to your doctor, and your pelvic prolapse is formally diagnosed, then they will also prescribe you with a relevant treatment to recover from the condition. 

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Depending on the severity of your case, and the way in which it has occurred, the doctor may prescribe specific treatments.

One of the most common treatments is physical therapy, which is carefully designed to help you to strengthen and regain control of the pelvic floor.

This carefully eases the organs back up to their original position and helps you to keep them there.

Some women may be given a ‘Pessary’, which is a specialised device that is placed directly in the vagina and helps to hold the pelvic organs in place within the pelvic area.

This is given in more extreme cases.

If the pelvic prolapse is particularly severe, then the doctor may suggest surgery, which will help to move the organs back into position. 

How Can You Prevent Pelvic Prolapse?

If you have suffered from pelvic prolapse before, or you suspect that you might develop it soon, then there are a few things you will want to do to help keep the pelvic organs safe, and in their original positions. 

The first thing you will want to make sure to do is to maintain a stable weight.

Putting on excess weight in short periods of time can cause the pelvic floor to be stretched slightly, which can allow the organs to shift around. 

You will also want to ensure that your body is able to get plenty of rest, and that you do not engage in too much heavy lifting, or any other activity that can cause the pelvic floor to be strained.

This can tire out the muscles within the pelvic floor to become weakened, which can allow the organs to move. 

To Finish Up

As you can now see, suffering leg pain while also suffering a pelvic prolapse is very common.

If you suspect that your leg pain is connected to pelvic floor issues, you can rest assured that there are other people with the same problem, that you are not alone, and that there is help out there for you.

If you have yet to have a pelvic prolapse formally diagnosed yet, then I strongly recommend contacting your doctor as soon as you can, so that the issue can be dealt with promptly, before potential complications can arise.

This can also take a lot of stress out of your mind, as you will not constantly be imagining the worst-case scenario!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Pelvic Prolapse Cause Back And Hip Pain?

Absolutely. Pelvic prolapse can be very closely linked to pain in the lower back and the hips, as the pelvic organs may push against the muscles in those areas.

Can Prolapse Make You Feel Ill?

When you are suffering from prolapse, the organs may press slightly against your stomach, which can either make you feel very full, or make you feel quite sick!

Can A Prolapse Affect Walking?

Yes. Prolapses can take on many forms, and thus some women may find that they experience pain as they walk around.

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