Pelvic pain is characterized as pain below the belly button in the anterior lower abdomen, which includes the sex organs. There are many common causes of pelvic pain, including bladder problems, gastrointestinal problems, appendicitis, and normal menstruation. In most cases, it is recommended that you see a medical professional if you are experiencing either mild or severe pelvic pain. Because there are so many different potential causes of pelvic pain, it is important you make an appointment with a professional right away. According to studies, an estimated 15 percent of women have chronic pelvic pain. To ensure you receive the proper treatment, a careful diagnosis is a must. Chronic pelvic pain refers to pain that lasts more than six months and severe enough to impact a patient’s quality of life.
Pelvic pain can be a very difficult and frustrating experience for many people. While it could just be a sign of menstrual cramps for women, there are many other conditions and diseases which it could be a symptom of. Pelvic inflammatory disease is another common condition among women that requires a medical diagnosis. For both men and women, pelvic pain could be a sign of kidney stones or colon cancer. If you have been dealing with low stomach pain or pelvic pain, please contact one of our locations to schedule an appointment today.
Common Causes of Pelvic Pain
In most cases, pelvic pain is relatively minor. However, four percent of women report the pain being severe enough to miss work. 20 percent of pelvic pain cases are due to hysterectomies and 40 percent are related to laparoscopies. Gynecologic conditions and illnesses account for 20 percent of pelvic pain cases. Some of the most common conditions include:
- Endometriosis - This is the most common cause of pelvic pain, accounting for 70 percent of all cases.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) - This condition is an infection of the tubes, ovaries, and uterus and is usually caused by an untreated sexually transmitted disease. 30 percent of women who have been diagnosed with PID will develop chronic pelvic pain as the result of scar tissue.
- Pelvic Adhesions - Scar tissue can form as a result of infection, endometriosis, or surgery, leading to chronic pelvic pain.
- Adenomyosis - Women who have this condition will experience heavy bleeding and pain with menstruation. The pain occurs because of bleeding and swelling of the endometrial glands within the uterine muscle.
- Ovarian Tumor - If there is any type of abnormal growth on the ovary or pelvis, it could lead to pain in the pelvic region.
- Fibromyalgia - Some individuals who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia experience pain the muscles, abdomen, neck, and back. While this type of arthritis is incurable, it can be treated.
Here is a look at some of the other common causes of pelvic pain in both men and women:
- Kidney stones
- Sexual abuse
- Chronic constipation
- Urinary tract infection
- Crohn’s disease
- Inguinal hernia
- Intestinal obstruction
- Ulcerative colitis
Many people who experience pelvic pain will turn to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve the pain. While some individuals will experience relief, this is not a long-term cure. Here at Texas Partners Healthcare Group, we offer a wide range of treatments that will get at the root cause of your pelvic pain. To learn more about these treatments or to schedule an appointment with a specialist, please contact one of our locations in Dallas, Allen, Flower Mound, Frisco, or McKinney.