Pelvic Pain of Unknown Origin
I am a 30 year old female. Former runner and soccer player and what you would describe as the 'jock' type: always active, strong, and in shape. I’ve never had any horrible injuries during my time as an athlete except for occasional lower right quadrant pain associated with ovulation.
However, I was on the pill for all those years and should not have bee ovulating and the pain almost always occurred on right side. Sometimes I would also get lower back spasms. I was checked many times for appendicitis, gastrointestinal issues, ovarian cysts, etc. but they never found anything and my doctors thought I was crazy.
After having my daughter six years ago the same pain would return, but with more intensity. My daughter was a hefty baby and sat very low in my pelvis during the last trimester of pregnancy. Birth was quick and uncomplicated and my body seemed to return to normal but my pelvis had widened. The last few years I have returned to multiple specialists for the same “pain” and always they tell me there is nothing to be found.
My back actually “went out” a few days ago when I was loading the dishwasher. I reached sideways and there was a “pop” feeling and I was on the floor. The pain kept me on the floor for a whole day and alternated between a pinching knot in my lower back (like the muscle tearing away from the inside of pelvis) and the old familiar lower right quadrant pain (pelvic pain of unknown origin). I knew it had to be connected somehow. Now I knew it wasn't my ovary, appendix, or intestines. There was something else going on.
While trapped on floor I looked up every diagram of nerves and muscles I could find. Somehow I came across this information on the iliopsoas and it was exactly what I had been feeling for years!!! The pain diagram matched me perfectly. I don't like to self-diagnose but I wanted to get off the floor! :)
So I managed to get onto the coffee table and do the recommended stretches and massages. They were painful at first but I was soon able to stand and eventually did more movements and felt a rubber band type “pop” over my hip and femur.
The pain and the pinch was suddenly gone!!!
Now I am almost positive this is what has caused me so much pain and worry over the years (about the possibility of a serious illness). The pain seems to be exacerbated by sitting with bad posture and sleeping on the couch and, strangely enough, when I am a little constipated it really sets it off.
Should I see a chiropractor or someone else??