Chronic pelvic pain is often linked to issues like endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and pelvic inflammatory disease. The pelvis houses a complex network of organs, muscles, and nerves, making it difficult for women to tell if they’re experiencing pelvic pain.
If you think you’re experiencing pelvic pain, a women’s health specialist is an excellent resource for getting answers and relief from pelvic pain. Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc., OB/GYN Dr. Kiran Patel, and family medicine physician Dr. Leela Patel can accurately diagnose your pelvic pain and devise a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms.
Figuring out if the pain you’re experiencing is actually pelvic pain can be the first step in finding the right treatment, getting relief, and getting back to your life. Keep reading to learn more about the signs and symptoms of pelvic pain, its common causes, and when it’s time to see a doctor.
Defining pelvic pain
The pelvic region is located between the hips and the lower abdomen. Pain in the area can arise from digestive, reproductive, or urinary issues. Issues with the muscles or ligaments that comprise the pelvic floor (pelvic floor dysfunction) can also cause chronic pelvic pain.
The experience of pelvic pain is different from woman to woman. It can manifest in different ways, such as cramping, aching, stabbing, or pressure. You may experience constant pelvic pain, or it may come in waves. The severity of pelvic pain can also vary widely, ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating pain.
Causes of pelvic pain
There are many possible causes of pelvic pain. Menstrual cramps, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and pelvic inflammatory disease are all common causes. Men can experience pelvic pain due to prostatitis or other conditions affecting the reproductive system. Other possible causes include urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal issues, and musculoskeletal problems.
How pelvic pain can impact your life
If you’re dealing with pelvic pain, you know how much of a wrench it can throw in your daily life. From making it difficult or near impossible to perform your regular daily activities to impacting your work or school productivity, chronic pelvic pain can prevent you from going about your normal day. It can also lead to anxiety, depression, and other emotional distress.
When to see a doctor
If you’re experiencing pelvic pain that is frequent or chronic and doesn’t resolve on its own, it’s time to see a medical professional. Ignoring pelvic pain or delaying treatment can lead to worsening symptoms and potential complications. The sooner you talk to a doctor, the sooner you can find solutions and restore your quality of life.
Talking about pelvic pain
Pelvic pain is a common issue, yet many women often put off getting the help they need. By discussing your symptoms with a medical professional and sharing your experience, you can help break down barriers to care and improve outcomes for those who experience pelvic pain. There’s no need to try to “tough it out” or ignore it. Effective treatments are available, and our team can help you get to the root cause and implement the most appropriate approach to getting relief.
For evaluation of your pelvic pain, schedule a visit with a Patel & Patel, M.D., provider today. Call 304-202-1653 or request an appointment through our website to schedule a visit. Patel & Patel, M.D. offers in-person and telehealth visits. Our scheduling coordinator will assist you in setting up an appointment.