One of the most common medical problems women face, chronic pelvic pain can have many causes that can be difficult to pin down. That's because while the initial source of pain may have disappeared, your body has already compensated in other ways, leading to additional pain.
Basically, chronic pelvic pain is any pain in the region that lasts at least six months. It can be a general pain or a specific pain and can be a sign that something else is going on in the body.
Possible causes of chronic pelvic pain include:
Endometriosis: When tissue from the uterus begins to grow elsewhere, bleeding can occur. Since it is trapped in the abdomen, this growth can cause painful cysts and adhesions to form.
Fibroids: Located on the inside and outside of the uterus, fibroids can create pain as they grow or as they die off.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Chronic pelvic pain can be a symptom of IBS.
Interstitial Cystitis: As your bladder fills and empties, this condition can cause chronic pelvic pain to come and go.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Scarring that involves the pelvic organs can create a long-term infection in the region, leading to chronic pelvic pain.
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome: Chronic pelvic pain can be caused by enlarged veins around the ovaries and uterus.
Pelvic Floor Muscle Tension: Spasms of the pelvic floor can lead to recurring and chronic pelvic pain.
Psychological Causes: If you are stressed, depressed or experiencing physical or sexual abuse you may also have chronic pelvic pain.
Symptoms of chronic pelvic plain may include:
- Steady and severe pain or pain that comes and goes.
- Dull aching.
- Cramping or sharp pains.
- A feeling of pressure or heaviness in the pelvic region.
- Pain during intercourse, a bowl movement or when you are sitting down.
If you have experienced pain for more than six months and it is disrupting the quality of your life or the symptoms are getting worse, you will want to make an appointment with your doctor at Florida Hospital Celebration Health.