Magazine 13 May 2024

Cystitis and back pain: a problem that afflicts many women

My dear friend,

If you have suffered from cystitis in the past, it is likely that, to top it off, you have also suffered from back pain. 😥

Nothing strange about that!

However, this symptom should never be underestimated, as it could be a sign of more serious infections.

I guess you’re wondering which ones, am I right?

In this article we are going to explore this together, because, remember, you are not alone. ❤

Cystitis and back pain: everything you need to know

Cystitis and muscle pain: why can back pain come?

When an organ is not functioning properly, it can cause a number of specific symptoms, but also a series of painful reflexes, muscle contractions, and, indeed, back pain.

In the specific case of the bladder, its dysfunction can cause low back pain due to obstruction of the third lumbar vertebra, which will also facilitate the appearance of problems in the triceps sural or calf muscles. This causes a kind of chain reaction, which can lead to ailments such as tendinopathy or Achilles tendonitis, accompanied by symptoms peculiar to the bladder, such as cystitis or urinary tract infection.

But let’s go into detail and understand why those with cystitis may also suffer from back pain.

Read also: What is hemorrhagic cystitis? All you need to know

Cystitis and back pain: what to know and how to deal with these cases

Back pain is, unfortunately, one of the most common pains in the adult population.

This is due to several causes, such as poor posture, our muscular system, conditions related to the bones or nerves in the posterior area of the trunk.

The fact that back pain is most often located in the lower back area may lead one to suspect that this disorder is actually related to another pain produced in the area: that of the kidneys.

However, the exact location of the pain and its intensity can help us distinguish back pain from a more serious problem.

For example, if you feel pain in the kidneys, the cause is most likely related to an infection of the organ itself or the presence of a stone in the ducts that pass through it.

If the pain is generated by only one kidney, it will come specifically from the side area and normally from only one side, although it is possible for it to occur on both sides.

This type of discomfort is usually dull and sharp and tends not to worsen with movement, but remains constant.

But let’s get to the crux of the matter: what does this have to do with cystitis?

As I anticipated in the previous paragraph, there are cases where there is a close relationship between back pain and some kind of damage to the urinary system. In fact, when an organ is not functioning properly, a range of painful symptoms, such as muscle twitching or back pain, can occur.

So far, nothing unusual.

It happens to many women to suffer from back pain during cystitis: however, this does not mean that you should ignore this symptom, on the contrary. In some cases, back pain is a kind of alarm for other disorders that go far beyond cystitis.

Back pain: when to seek medical advice

The situation changes if the back pain is accompanied by symptoms:

  • fever;
  • Chills.
  • nausea;
  • vomiting;
  • Abdominal pain.

In this case we might suspect a possible kidney infection, as what I have just listed are some of the early signs.

So if you find yourself in this situation, my most dispassionate advice is to see your primary care physician immediately.

The same advice applies if:

  • Notice the presence of blood in the urine;
  • you have already suffered from a urinary tract infection and the same symptoms are recurring;
  • After antibiotic treatment, the cystitis shows no sign of going away.

In the latter case, it may be that the treatment you have been prescribed is not suitable: keep in mind that antibiotics succeed, yes, in quelling the infection, but they also affect the bacterial flora because they kill some of the ‘good’ bacteria.

In addition, it often happens that the bad bacteria develop a kind of resistance to the drug, and come back again ‘more armed’ than before. 😨

That’s why so many women decide to try an alternative, natural cure such as D-mannose.

Wait, the d-man what?

It is a plant-derived monosaccharide that prevents bacteria from becoming anchored in the bladder walls so that they are excreted naturally during urination.

So if I have intrigued you and you would like to know more, remember that you can always write to me. 🥰 Alternatively, I suggest our ‘Find Your Path‘ quiz, a tool that helps you know the best solution for the individual person and, consequently, a good way to personalize therapy.

I give you a big hug,


Read also: How to treat cystitis naturally with D-mannose

In this article we talked about…

  • Back pain is a fairly common symptom for cystitis sufferers, but in any case it should not be underestimated.
  • If the back pain persists and is accompanied by other symptoms (vomiting, nausea, fever, chills) you should seek medical advice to avert the onset of a possible kidney infection.

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