Let’s talk about a topic that we don’t hear about too often and many people might find uncomfortable: pelvic pain. We know, it’s not the most glamorous subject, but understanding pelvic pain can help you take control of your health and wellbeing.
First things first, what exactly is pelvic pain? Well, it’s any discomfort or pain you feel in the area between your belly button and your hips. It may be caused from issues with the reproductive system, but often, it’s from some other source, like your bladder, intestines or even muscles and bones. It can range from a dull ache to sharp and stabbing pain. Ouch!
Now, you’re probably wondering what causes pelvic pain, right? Well, there are a bunch of different reasons why you might be experiencing this not-so-fun sensation. It could be anything from menstrual cramps, urinary tract infections, or even something more serious like endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease. Pelvic pain can come and go but when it persists, you will want to get in to your favorite provider at Madison Women’s Clinic and let us help you determine the root cause of your discomfort.
Alright, let’s talk about how you can treat pelvic pain. Of course, this will depend on the underlying cause, but there are a few things you can do to find some relief. While you are waiting for your appointment there are some simple things you can do to manage the pain. Heat pads or hot water bottles can be your best friend when it comes to soothing those pesky cramps. Don’t forget the power of a hot bath to soothe any inflammation caused by stress. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can also help take the edge off. And don’t forget about good old-fashioned rest and relaxation – sometimes all you need is a little self-care to ease that pelvic pain.
When you get to your appointment you can expect to answer a series of questions to help pinpoint the cause of your pain. When did it start? What was going on in your life when the pain was first noticed? Does anything help it subside or does it always hurt? After a thorough review, there are other diagnostic tools we can use, such as a pelvic exam to see if there are any visible signs of infection or inflammation. The doctor may also do an ultrasound to get a better look at any possible abnormalities such as cysts, fibroids etc. In more ongoing or severe cases, a laparoscopic procedure may be recommended.
The diagnostic time is extremely important. It’s difficult to correctly treat pain when we don’t exactly know the source or cause. Now is not the time for any home remedies or life hacks. The sooner treatment begins, the better.
Pelvic pain is often vague and difficult to diagnose so empower yourself through education with the help and support of your healthcare provider. Take these little things seriously so you can be in the best health possible.