Pelvic Pain

Pain within the pelvic region can be due to a variety of different cases, and the pain associated with this type of condition can range from mild to severe. While some people may experience pain only within the bones located in the pelvic region, others may experience pain when urinating or have physician sensations associated with the condition. By learning more about the causes of pelvic pain, and the treatments that are available, you’ll be able to find the cause of your pelvic pain and start feeling better in no time.

Facts about Pelvic Pain

  • Pelvic pain can interfere with a person’s intimate relationships, as it often occurs during or after sexual relationships.
  • Chronic pelvic pain is the most common chronic medical problem reported among women today.
  • There are about 80,000 surgeries performed each year in order to correct pelvic pain.

Symptoms

The symptoms associated with pelvic pain are dependent upon the cause of the pain. Not many people realize how many different causes of pelvic pain there actually are, This can occur due to a slipped disc in the back region, damage to the hips, deterioration of the pelvic bone, STDs, or pelvic floor dysfunction. While some symptoms can occur within each condition, others are specific to the cause and are helpful when your doctor is trying to determine the cause of your pelvic pain.

Some symptoms seen with this condition include:

  • Difficulty with urination or a sudden need to urinate.
  • Pain within the lower back that radiates into the pelvic region.
  • Abdominal pain that occurs within the lower abdominal region.
  • Pain that occurs in both the vaginal and rectal regions.
  • A feeling of pressure within the pelvic walls.
  • Loss of control regarding urine or feces output.
  • Burning or itching pain around the vulva.

Diagnostic Testing

You physician will test you based upon the type of symptoms you are experiencing. In some cases, only a pap smear will be needed in order to rule out or detect certain conditions. However, if there isn’t any type of infection present, imaging devices may be used to detect damage within the area, and determine the proper treatment method for your needs.

The most common testing device used for pelvic pain is an ultrasound, as this allows the physician to see the area around the pelvic region clearly. However, if no issues are detected on the ultrasound, X-rays will be taken of the back and pelvic bones to see if the issue is present within the discs or joints.

Causes                                                                              

While there are several causes of pelvic pain, one of the most common causes is an injury to a disc or to the pelvic region. If a bone in the region is subjected to trauma during a fall, accident, or hard impact, it can affect the surrounding nerves, and a high-level of pain can be experienced. Some pelvic pain is related to one of the many muscleskeletoral issues, along with other condition such as:

  • Vulvodynia
  • Vaginismus
  • Dyspareunia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Prostatitis
  • Orchidynia
  • Vulvar vestibulitis

Treatment

The treatment you receive is also dependent upon the cause of the condition. While some pain can be treated with course of antibiotics, and over-the-counter medications, other pain will need physical therapy or surgery in order to get rid of the pain. While there are various treatment methods available, finding the proper cause of the pain is the most important step in order to get rid of the pain that is present, or to prevent the condition from getting worse.

Additional Resources:
nytimes.com/herniated-slipped-disk/symptoms-and-causes