Uterine fibroids, also known as fibromyomas, leiomyomas or myomas, are noncancerous growths found along the walls of the uterus. Fibroids typically appear during childbearing years and can often go undetected. According to the Mayo Clinic, as many as three out of four women have uterine fibroids sometime during their adult lives.
The cause of fibriods is not presently known, but research suggests genetics, chemicals and hormones, particularly estrogen and progesterone, which stimulate development of the uterine lining play a part in the creation of uterine fibroids.
Many women have fibroids without knowing it. Often fibriods are discovered in the course of a regularly scheduled pelvic exam. However, some individuals with fibriods have the following symptoms: gas, bloating, prolonged menstrual periods, bleeding in between periods, increased urination, heavy periods (menorrhagia), pelvic cramps, pelvic pain, back ache and leg pain.
Leg pain is usually the result of recent physical injury. However, leg pain can be a symptom of disease such as deep vein thrombosis or ribriods. Additionally, leg pain can be caused by nerve irritation. For instance, sciatica, a shooting pain down the legs, is caused by injury to the sciatic nerve that runs along the spinal cord and down each leg.
Mild to moderate pain in the legs does not warrant immediate medical attention. However, any leg pain that is severe, leaves you unable to walk or does not improve within a few days should be discussed with a doctor immediately to prevent long-term damage. Additionally, women who have prolonged pelvic pain, spotting, painful periods, pain with intercourse, difficulty with urination or bowel movements should seek prompt medical assistance.