There are many reasons why pelvic pain may arise. It occurs in the area below your stomach and between your hips. Pelvic pain can affect women at various stages of their lives, and it’s often accepted as normal.
At Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches in Greenacres, Florida, our team is dedicated to identifying the reason behind your chronic discomfort. Dr. Leroy Charles is well-versed in providing getting to the bottom of pelvic pain to give you relief from your discomfort.
What causes pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain that lasts for six months is considered chronic. It is often an issue related to your urinary tract, digestive tract, or reproductive organs. For example, two common conditions associated with pelvic pain include endometriosis and uterine fibroids.
Some other causes of pelvic pain include:
- Ovulation pain
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Ectopic pregnancy
Nongynecologic causes of pelvic pain could be:
- Colon cancer
- Crohn’s disease
- Kidney stones
- Ulcerative colitis
Treatment for pelvic pain is determined by physical exam and an evaluation of your medical history. Physical therapy and medications may be prescribed; in severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
What to expect during a pelvic exam
Dr. Charles will review your medical history and ask questions about the severity of your pain. He will then conduct a pelvic exam, checking for issues both externally and internally. He will begin by inspecting your vulva, examining for cysts, genital warts, irritation, or abnormal discharge. If some parts of the examine become uncomfortable, you should alert your doctor immediately. Relaxing your stomach muscles, breathing slowly, having your doctor describe what’s happening, are all excellent techniques for making the process more comfortable.
Some tests that can be conducted to determine the cause of your pelvic pain may include a pelvic ultrasound or a laparoscopy. If the pain is thought to be related to the digestive system, a colonoscopy may be done.
Based on the source of your pain, Dr. Charles will prescribe an appropriate treatment option. Various approaches may be required to treat your pain effectively.
Treatment options for chronic pelvic pain
Chronic pelvic problems can be a complex issue with the source of pain being a challenge to determine. Treatment for pelvic pain will depend upon the origin of your pain and the type of pain you’re experiencing. If pain is impacting your life regularly, coming and going for several months, it can be categorized as chronic. Acute pain is described as sudden and severe; it happens for a short time and often does not return.
Medications can be useful in reducing painful symptoms but often only provide a short-term solution. Some examples of medications that can help mitigate chronic pelvic pain include anti-inflammatory drugs or narcotic pain relievers. Lifestyle changes, including losing weight or making certain dietary substitutions, can help alleviate pain.
Applying heat to your pelvic area could ease the condition temporarily. Relaxation exercises and physical therapy may be recommended alongside pain management and dietary modifications. If physical issues can not be detected, Dr. Charles may suggest counseling to help relieve painful symptoms you’re experiencing.
Pelvic pain can affect your quality of life and lead to complications if not treated. If you’re suffering from chronic pelvic pain, do not hesitate to call our office or book an appointment online today!