Pelvic Pain Symptoms - List of Symptoms related to Pelvic Pain

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is a common symptom that many women may experience at one point or another during their lifetime. It may be considered acute (if it lasts for minutes to days) or chronic (pain that persists for more than 6 months). Acute or chronic pain may be characterized as constant or intermittent, sharp, dull gnawing or tingling. It may be associated with other symptoms including vaginal and vulvar burning, itchiness and discomfort.

The causes for both acute and chronic pelvic pain may be similar and include gynecological, urinary and gastrointestinal in origin. Vaginal infections (see vaginitis), and other pathological issues that cause pelvic pain include endometriosis, fibroids, sexually transmitted infections, or pelvic inflammatory diseases. Muscular skeletal problems, including pelvic joint instability and muscular tendonitis, can also cause pelvic pain.

The diagnostic work-up for pain includes a complete history and physical examination coupled with a detailed pelvic examination. Specialized testing, including laboratory blood work, pelvic ultrasound, MRI and CT scans, may be necessary. Keeping a detailed pain journal that records: time and location of pain, description of the pain, aggravating and alleviating factors associated with the pain, and medications taken for the pain, is helpful when discussing the pain with your health care professional or gynecologist.

Treatment is individualized and includes both medical and psychological interventions and is based upon cause or etiology of the pain. 


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