FAQ’s on Pelvic Pain
What is Pelvic Pain?
Pelvic pain is considered to be any symptomatic pain that occurs in the area of the pelvis, which consists of the lower abdominal area and the area above the hips. Normally, when a patient is experiencing pelvic pain, it is the result of multiple contributing factors which can make the condition difficult to both diagnose and treat.
Pelvic pain is a common symptom of many different conditions, including complications of the bladder, intestines, reproductive organs, and some spinal conditions.
What are the causes of Pelvic Pain?
Pelvic pain is much more of an occurrence for women, as there are many more conditions that can cause it for them. That being said, these pains can easily occur in both genders. Pelvic pain is a common result from a condition of the spine, which may potentially be placing pressure on one or more of the nerves associated with the pelvic region.
It is also normal for pelvic pain to occur when there is a muscular injury in the region, such as if a patient pulls or strains the muscles of the lower back. There are also a number of direct causes of these pains, which include conditions such as bladder infection, endometrial growth, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cramping, or infection of the area.
The symptoms of Pelvic Pain
Since there are many possible causes of pelvic pain, there are also many possible symptoms that a patient can experience throughout. The symptom felt across every potential cause is, of course, general pain in the region. Patients experience pain as an ache, a feeling of weight or direct pressure on the pelvis, pain that comes and goes, or pain that occurs as a stabbing or burning sensation. Some patients may also have pain that is only felt during a bladder movement, or may have pain that causes a sense of urgency in the bladder.
How is Pelvic Pain diagnosed?
Since pelvic pain can result from many different conditions, the exact method of diagnosis will change depending on what the physician believes the cause is. This will be based on the symptoms exhibited by the patient, the medical history of the patient, and a recount of the events leading up the presence of symptoms. Often, the diagnosis is achieved more as a process of elimination to rule out potential causes than as a single diagnostic test to confirm one.
With this being said, there are still a number of common diagnostic techniques that can and will be used for the patient. These include administering the normal series of X-rays to the patient in order to see if the pain is resulting from physical damage to the area. MRIs and CT scans will also be used if there is the thought that one or more spinal nerves is compressed, and in an effort to view potential internal growth (commonly used to diagnose endometriosis within the patient).
A laparoscopy may also be used, which is the insertion of a small lighted tube into the abdomen. This tube allows the physician to personally examine the patient’s internals, and is normally performed to search for infection, tissue damage, or the presence of diseased tissue. The physician may also use a cystoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, which uses the same tube technique to examine the either the bladder or rectum, respectively.
What treatments are there for Pelvic Pain?
The options available for treatment will depend on the cause of the pelvic pain, and will be focused on providing relief for the symptomatic pains felt by the patient. The most common treatment used is the administration of medication for the patient, normally as either pain relievers or anti-inflammatories if they are relevant.
Those patients who are not able to find relief with medication due to a more permanent cause, such as a compressed nerve, will potentially be able to obtain relief with a nerve block. This is a technique that injects a numbing agent into an afflicted nerve in order to prevent it from sending signals of pain to the brain. This procedure is known as a superior hypogastric plexus block. The hypogastric plexus is located in the pelvic region and provides sensation to most of the pelvic organs. Pain relief occurs in over 50% of individuals.
Colorado Pain provides Board Certified pain management doctors and chiropractors who offer comprehensive treatment options for pelvic pain. Most insurance is accepted at the practices, with success rates for pelvic pain relief being very high.
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