Pelvic pain affects the pelvic area, and sometimes the lower abdomen. It affects mostly women, but there are cases of men also being affected. It can go as far as the lower back and thighs. Pelvic pain is usually a symptom to an underlying cause, as one of them.
There is acute and chronic pelvic pain. The acute pain is more common. It is intense and lasts for a shorter period. Those who have undergone surgery tend to show it more. Chronic pain lasts longer. The level of pain in choric may be mild, moderate or severe, and keeps increasing. It can be either sudden and harsh, or dull and mild but present throughout. It shall show up during sexual activity, or the periods, or if you are in the toilet on a short call. It is normally an indicator of urinary system, reproductive system, nervous or lower intestinal tract issues. For women, the pain is mostly due to their menstrual cycle or reproductive system. If it turns acute, there are more reasons to it. A miscarriage has it as one of its symptoms. So does an ectopic pregnancy. You will feel cramping and abdominal pain. Pelvic inflammatory disease can lead to it as well. Ovarian cysts are another culprit, where they also bring lower back and thigh pains. Endometriosis is another cause, where you will notice the pain just in the pelvic area. Ovarian cancer and menstrual cramps are the other causes, but with the cramps proceeding up to the lower back area. Uterine fibroids lead to it as well, but there is also the fling of pressure on the pelvic area.
You will feel this pelvic pain due to a number of other causes, such as constipation, kidney stones, urinary tract infection, appendicitis, colon cancer or ulcerative colitis.
In case you feel pelvic pain coming on, it is advisable to go to the doctor’s and get checked out. The causes of pelvic pain are plenty and thus it is wise to get a doctor to look you over and do some tests to determine what the root cause might be. You may be subjected to an MRI, ultra sound imaging, or computed tomography to find out what the problem is, through ruling out possible causes. You shall be given relief medication once the doctor knows what the root cause was. In some cases, all you need is an anti-inflammatory drug, an oral contraceptive pill, or an anti-depressant. Others are tougher, and may need you to undergo surgery, such as hysterectomy or laparoscopy. Others yet need muscle relaxants, exercises, heat therapy, or nerve blocks. Ensure you get the right treatment, as per the diagnosis.