STDs and Lower Back Pain: Is there a Connection?

Just about everyone experiences a pain in the back now and again. Indeed, studies suggest that back pain accounts for 264 million lost work days every year. Though most of the time back pain is a fleeting nuisance, it can occasionally be the result of something more sinister. Indeed, certain STDs and conditions caused by STDs can lead to pain in the abdomen and the pelvis/lower back. Here’s everything you need to know about STDs and lower back pain –– and how to tell if you’re at risk!

Common STD Symptoms

It’s worth noting here that back pain is not a symptom commonly associated with most STDs. Though some individuals will experience forms of abdominal or lower back pain in certain instances, most of the time STDs will remain asymptomatic. And when back pain does occur as a result of STDs, it’s usually accompanied by one or more other symptoms –– most notably discharge from the genitals.

STDs that Cause Back Pain

The two main STDs that can lead to a literal pain in the back are chlamydia and gonorrhea. Women who contract these diseases in particular are at risk for developing a condition called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).  (Syphilis can also increase a woman’s chances of getting PID as well.) PID is often characterized by pain in the abdomen or in the pelvis. However, PID causes more than mere discomfort. Rather, PID can lead to a host of problems including scarring of the fallopian tubes, infertility, and complications during pregnancy. Only in very rare instances will men experience back pain due to an STD.

Rare Circumstances

If left untreated, STDs can sometimes infiltrate the nervous system and affect the body in drastic ways. Syphilis, for instance, can wreak havoc on an individual’s bones or joints in its third stage. It’s even possible for syphilis to contribute to paralysis. And in extremely rare instances, individuals with untreated gonorrhea can develop gonococcal arthritis, which causes pain and inflammation of the joints. Lastly, while some STD bumps/sores can appear in or on the anus, it’s highly unlikely for any STD pustules to form on the lower back.

A Word from Same Day STD Testing

At the end of the day, back pain isn’t really an issue that’s typically associated with STDs. However, if you’ve experienced chronic pain in the pelvis or joint issues in conjunction with other well-known STD symptoms, it’s crucial to get tested right away. When ignored, STDs can present major health risks for individuals of all ages. At Same Day STD Testing, we strive to offer the best service in the industry. Our facilities are equipped with top-of-the-line testing technology and are designed to ensure your privacy. Plus, our team is standing by to answer any sexual-health questions you may have. Call us here at 844-394-8520 to set up an appointment or find a facility near you and get tested today.

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