Is back pain a common symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome?

I went for a CT scan of my abdomen and pelvis today for a follow-up for a benign mass I had removed last year. The findings came back that symptoms could be associated with pelvic congestion syndrome. I have a lot of pain in the left side of my back, but none in my pelvic. Is back pain a symptom of PCS?

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Mercy Imaging Centers

Published on Aug 30, 2016

PCS can cause back pain, but so can many other things. Many women have the pelvic varices that can be seen on a CT with no symptoms. So, maybe your back pain is caused by the varices--and maybe it isn't. Fortunately, there is an easy way to tell the difference. Pain caused by PCS occurs after hours of being continuously upright (standing or sitting) and almost never first thing in the morning after being flat all night. PCS pain should improve consistently by lying flat for 30 minutes or so. Any other cause of back pain won't be so strongly linked to being upright versus lying down.

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Answered by Mercy Imaging Centers

PCS can cause back pain, but so can many other things. Many women have the pelvic varices that can be seen on a CT with no symptoms. So, maybe your back pain is caused by the varices--and maybe it isn't. Fortunately, there is an easy way to tell the difference. Pain caused by PCS occurs after hours of being continuously upright (standing or sitting) and almost never first thing in the morning after being flat all night. PCS pain should improve consistently by lying flat for 30 minutes or so. Any other cause of back pain won't be so strongly linked to being upright versus lying down.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Intermountain Vein Center

Published on Jul 02, 2014

Yes, back pain can be a symptom of PCS

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Answered by Intermountain Vein Center

Yes, back pain can be a symptom of PCS

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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