Patient: Hi! So, I’m a 28 y/o female. Since 2007, I’ve had severe lower back pain…it’s not constant, but it flares up at least 2-3 times a year. When it does flare up, I can’t walk, dress myself, press the gas pedal, nothing. It’s THAT bad. When this happens, I know the routine: go to the doctor, get a steroid shot, have steroid pack, Naproxen, and a pain pill prescribed. Only things that work. The reason I’m asking, in 2008, I had an MRI to confirm I have 2 herniated discs that are believed to be the cause of the pain. My question, however, is this: I know my discs can be causing the pain. I don’t doubt this. When my back flares up, it’s not flaring up with EVERY period, but when it DOES flare up, it is ALWAYS the day before, the day of, or the day after my period. My doctors, literally, laugh when I explain that I believe there’s a connection….they say there’s absolutely no correlation. I don’t typically undermine a physician’s….and in this case MULTIPLE physician’s…diagnoses, I respect and fully accept their medical advice. But, this I just can’t wrap my head around it. I KNOW there HAS to be a connection! I’ve had physical therapy, seen a chiropractor, had infections, been on every muscle relaxer, pain pill, and anti-inflammatory known to man…nothing keeps it from returning. I’ve been checked for ovarian cysts, endometriosis, thyroid, kidney function, IBS, constipation, everything. ANY suggestions? Or am I crazy? Is there ANY way possible my period can either cause my herniated discs to cause so much pain…or could it be the period causing the back pains altogether, not the discs at all? Please help!

Symptoms: Severe lower back pain, back pain