Steady As It Goes
Chronic pelvic pain can be debilitating for many women all over the world, if for no other reason than the sharp pelvic pain they experience can inhibit their enjoyment of everyday activities and keep them in constant worry that something they do will intensify or aggravate their severe pelvic pain. Pelvic pain is a condition addressed often in urogynecology; and although it can be one of the signs of infertility or a pelvic floor disorder, not all pelvic pain symptoms are necessarily linked to serious medical conditions. Naturally, treatment for chronic pelvic pain will depend on the actual cause of the pain and whether or not it is simply a symptom of another condition or if it is actually a stand-alone condition called chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
Pain, Pain, Pain
Some of the most commonly experiences pelvic pain syndrome symptoms include:
- Sharp pains or cramping in the abdominal region
- Feelings of heaviness or intense pressure deep within the pelvic area
- Dull aches
- Intermittent pain
- Severe pain that is steady in intensity
Some women also experience painful intercourse or feel pain during urination or bowel movements, and sitting and standing for long periods of time may worsen the pain and require lying down for relief.
A female pelvic exam may be deemed necessary by a physician to determine the exact cause of chronic pelvic pain, so women who experience these symptoms should never simply dismiss them without consulting with their doctor. By acknowledging them, they may ultimately find simple methods of treatment or even become alerted to a serious condition that might have worsened without proper treatment.
Some of the most common causes of chronic pelvic pain include:
- Spasms of the pelvic floor muscles
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Fibroid uterus
- Interstitial cystitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Cystic growths caused by remnants of the ovary being left behind during a complete hysterectomy
- Psychological factors including chronic stress and depression
Finding the End
Naturally, once the cause is determined, treatment options can be explored. Some of the most commonly recommended treatments include:
- Medications such as pain relievers, hormone therapy, antidepressants, and antibiotic drugs.
- Therapies including psychological counseling, physical therapy to strengthen pelvic floor muscles or relax the area for tension relief, use of neurotransmitters to block nerve stimulation, and injections of numbing agents at the trigger point.
- Surgeries to remove any uterine fibroids or tissue that may be causing the pain, generally done laparoscopically. Some women may also require a hysterectomy, though the need for a hysterectomy for relief of chronic pelvic pain is uncommon.
Don’t let pain be a constant companion in your life! Give the caring staff at Coyle Institute a call today!