Chronic pelvic pain is the pain felt in the area below your belly button and above your hips also called the pelvic area that lasts for at least 6 months. The pain might be steady or it may occur with intervals. The pain is some time dull or might be excruciating. In many cases it may occur as a mild ache or may be bad enough to interfere with normal daily activities
Symptoms of chronic pelvic pain
The foremost symptoms of chronic pelvic pain, is the pain itself. But how frequent the pain occurs and the severity of pain may differ. It depends on the condition of the individual and the cause of pain. Most often women experience pelvic pain during intimacy. However, men may experience after eating. It may occur from intervals or stay for long
What causes chronic pelvic pain?
Some of the most reported causes of chronic pelvic pain include:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Ovarian remnant
Other medical conditions
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Interstitial cystitis
- Past or present sexual abuse
Can I avoid chronic pelvic pain?
Whether your chronic pelvic pain can be prevented or avoided based on what is causing the pain. There are several causes that lead to chronic pelvic pain, of which some can be prevented and others need a treatment Early diagnosis may help prevent chronic pelvic pain, hence it is most important to consult with your doctor when you experience pelvic pain
Chronic pelvic pain treatment
The treatment of chronic pelvic pain is devised on the cause of your pelvic pain. At the pain Management Institute, Dr Zaki Anwar, MD, helps you evaluate which form of treatment is helpful for you
Some treatment options include:
- Stopping ovulation with birth control pills or injections.
- Using Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or naproxen
- Relaxation exercises, biofeedback and physical therapy.
- Psychological counseling.
Surgery is recommended in the very cases, if any pelvic abnormalities occur
Living with chronic pelvic pain
Chronic pelvic pain is not an easy thing to live with. If conventional methods of pain relief do not work for your there are alternatives you can work for with your pain management specialist to manage your pain symptoms. Sometimes chronic pain responds well to nerve blocks and sometimes physical therapy and weight loss may help. All you need is to be hopeful