Cramping pains that spread from the pelvis to the legs can be very annoying.
If you also have pelvic pain that shoots and spreads to your legs, be sure to read on.
In the following, we will talk more about pelvic cramping pain by spreading it to the legs.
The lower part of the abdomen is the pelvis; the intestines, uterus, ovaries, and bladder are the pelvic organs.
So, a disorder in any of these pelvic organs can cause pain that feels like a cramp.
In addition to disorders of the pelvic organs, pelvic skeletal problems can spread to the legs. Vascular problems, nerve fibers, the muscles and bones of the pelvis and around the pelvis can cause pelvic pain to spread downward.
Pelvic and leg cramps are said to be more common in women than men.
Pelvic cramping pain can be acute or chronic.
For example, in acute pelvic pain, the pain is very sudden and has intensity and weakness and is cramp-like.
Chronic pelvic pain can develop over time and can be felt continuously and repeatedly by the affected person. Chronic pelvic pain can be persistent or be cramping, that is, it can come and go.
Sometimes people report that they only get pelvic cramping pain when urinating or having sex.
Causes of pelvic cramping pain spreading to the legs
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Urinary system disorders
- Genital disorders
- Pelvic skeletal disorders such as muscles and tissues such as pelvic floor ligaments.
- Stimulation of the pelvic nerves
In women, what causes pelvic cramping pain?
In women, the causes that can cause pelvic cramping pain are:
- Menstrual cramps or dysmenorrhea
- Ovulation-related pain or mittelschmerz
- Intrauterine fetal death
- Ectopic pregnancies
- Ovarian cysts
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian tumors
- Ovarian copper??
- Vaginal and vulvar pain called vulvodynia
- Inflammatory diseases of the ovaries, or PID for short.
- Cystitis or inflammation of the bladder
What are the specific causes of Pelvic cramping pain in men?
In men, the specific causes of pelvic cramping pain are:
Prostatitis or inflammation of the prostate.
What are the common causes of pelvic cramping pain spreading to the legs?
Common causes of pelvic cramping pain that spread to the legs:
Kidney and urinary tract stones
Urinary tract infections or UTIs
Inflammation of the bladder, painful bladder syndrome or interstitial cystitis
Pelvic floor muscle spasm
Inflammatory bowel disease or IBDs:
- Colitis ulcerative
- Crohn’s disease
Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS
- Intestinal obstructions
- Intestinal tumors
Skeletal system pain:
Repetitive movements such as pedaling, running, and long walks stimulate the muscles around the pelvis, causing chronic pain in the pelvis and sometimes spreading to the legs.
- Piriformis syndrome
are two complications in the skeletal system that spread with pelvic pain, hip pain spreading to the top of the thigh, and sometimes pressure on the nerve roots that make up the sciatic nerve to the back of the leg.
The sciatic nerve begins below the waist and moves from the back of the pelvis, buttocks and back of the thighs and extends to the legs.
Any pressure on the sciatic nerve can be accompanied by pain in the lower back, pelvis and buttocks and back of the thighs and sometimes behind the buttocks and sometimes numbness and tingling in these areas, weakness and muscle cramps in these areas.
In younger people, intervertebral disc herniation causes radicular or shooting pain with pressure on the nerve roots that make up the main sciatic trunk. The predominant cause of this type of pain in older people is osteoarthritis and degenerative changes in the vertebrae.
Contraction of the piriformis muscle, which is deep in the pelvis, can also put pressure on the sciatic nerve located just behind the muscle, causing piriformis syndrome, which is accompanied by pelvic pain that spreads to the buttocks and sometimes the upper back of the thigh.
Diagnosis of cause
- Accurate biography
- Clinical examination
- Proportional laboratory tests
- Appropriate radiology modalities
Treatment will vary depending on the cause of the Pelvic cramping pain spreading to the legs.
For example, a simple constipation may go away with diet modification and increased physical activity, whereas if the cause of pelvic cramping pain is an ectopic pregnancy, it requires completely immediate and urgent measures such as surgery.