I have this as well. I recently realized it might be from pelvic floor dysfunction.
I read up on sciatic nerve pain; in the majority of cases, it's not the nerve itself, but the muscles around it. If you have severe period pain like I do, it's likely you are tensing up your muscles in the lower half of your body in response to the pain. This can cause sciatic nerve pain as the muscles fatigue from being tensed for so long.
I've done stretching and deep breathing to help. Google "pelvic floor dysfunction" yoga poses.
Man, I hate when doctors say "It has nothing to do with endo." Maybe not directly (like it's really rare for endometriosis TISSUE to grow on the nerve), but it's such a complex disease! To dismiss the symptom as unrelated is silly. Blech. Good luck!
I was 39 when diagnosed! Thanks for your response. The monthly pain is so annoying. Terrible cramps, painful ovulation. I have pain throughout the month! As a mother of two young children I can't take prescription pain meds. My doctor makes sure I have them on hand. I appreciate him trying .
I nearly gave up last October, and then I found Dr. Andrew Cook's book "stop Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain." It is ABSOLUTELY worth reading.
I thought I knew everything there was to know about endo, but his book opened my eyes. Turns out that 99.99% of GYNs and reproductive endocrinologists simply don't know what they are doing when it comes to treating endo or removing it during surgery. I had laparoscopic surgery in 2008 to diagnose endo. My pain was gone for only three months after the surgery. Every month has been worse than the one before it. I have never once had a pain-free period, including my very first period. Turns out my doc didn't properly remove it, but there ARE physicians who can!
After reading the book, I finally (as of today) have proper prescription meds. I was avoiding taking anything heavier than 800mg of ibuprofen three-four times a day during my period because I thought any opioids or narcotics would be addictive or make my brain foggy. After reading his book I realized that treating pain effectively with the proper pain meds is a worthy goal, because I shouldn't have to suffer! My symptoms throughout the month are sciatic nerve pain, terrible cramping during periods, and really bad fatigue.
This disease *****, but after reading Dr. Cook's book I have some hope. I am currently saving up cash to have surgery with him out in CA later this year.
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