Chronic Pelvic Pain
There are a multitude of causes for chronic pelvic pain experienced by women. In many cases, finding the underlying condition is impossible and thus symptom treatment is the best option.
Symptoms of Chronic Pelvic Pain
Symptoms of chronic pelvic pain include:
- Severe steady pelvic pain
- Intermittent pelvic pain
- Dull aching pelvic pain
- Abdominal cramps
- Pelvic pressure
- Pain during sex
- Pain during urination or bowel movements
Causes of Chronic Pelvic Pain
Causes of chronic pelvic pain include:
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Interstitial cystitis
- Pelvic congestion syndrome
Diagnosing Chronic Pelvic Pain
Your physician will begin by completing a thorough medical history and physical exam. In addition, he or she may recommend urine and blood tests as well as a CT or ultrasound of the area.
Treating Chronic Pelvic Pain
Treatment of chronic pelvic pain should involve multiple types of therapy. Medication, behavior and lifestyle modifications, and dietary changes should be implemented.