Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Chronic Pelvic Pain

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Chronic Pelvic Pain

When you have pelvic pain, it’s concerning for a number of reasons. This is especially true when the pain seems to linger and pop up at unexpected times. Chronic pelvic pain can be due to a number of causes, and it’s important to figure out the culprit to prevent further issues.

At Collaborative Women’s Care in Miami, Florida, Dr. Eduardo Valdes and his team offer compassionate and expert care in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Valdes gets you the diagnostic studies and treatment you’ve been searching for when it comes to pelvic pain.

Causes of chronic pelvic pain

Pelvic pain can stem from just one cause, or multiple problems. It’s a very complex disorder, which makes it sometimes hard to diagnose. Our team helps you understand what’s causing your pelvic pain so you can finally get relief. Some of the main causes of chronic pelvic pain include:

Fibroids

Fibroids are benign growths that occur in your uterus. While they’re not cancerous, they often cause a feeling of heaviness or pressure in your lower pelvis or abdomen. Fibroids don’t often lead to intense pain, unless they begin to degenerate.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a painful condition where the endometrium, or uterine lining, grows on other organs in your abdomen. This endometrial tissue works just like the kind in your uterus, shedding every month near your menstrual cycle.

However, the tissue that grows outside has nowhere to go when it sheds, leaving it to cause adhesions of scar tissue or cysts in your abdominal cavity. This causes pain and discomfort, especially around your menstrual cycle.

Pelvic congestion syndrome

This condition is caused by enlarged veins within your abdomen, specifically related to your uterus and ovaries.These veins are similar to varicose veins that happen in your legs, which are also painful.

Pelvic inflammatory disease

Sexually transmitted diseases that are left untreated lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. This causes an infection that contributes to scarring on your internal organs within your abdomen.

Interstitial cystitis causes pain in or around your bladder. It may subside after urinating, only to return as your bladder refills. You’ll also notice that you need to urinate more often than normal if you have interstitial cystitis. 

Irritable bowel syndrome is another condition that causes chronic pelvic pain. This condition causes bloating, diarrhea, and constipation, which leads to pain and pressure in your pelvis.

What are the symptoms to look for?

Chronic pelvic pain, no matter what the cause, has multiple symptoms that present at different times. Depending on the cause of the pain, it may lead to signs and symptoms such as:

You may also notice that you have pain during sex or discomfort in your pelvis when you sit for too long. Pain also hits when you urinate or have a bowel movement. These are all issues that are related to the common causes of chronic pelvic pain.

Complications of chronic pelvic pain

Chronic pelvic pain isn’t only a nuisance; it also leads to other problems as well. If it’s severe enough, it can significantly interfere with your life and work. You should never let chronic pelvic pain go, as it could be a sign of something very serious.

The longer you deal with pelvic pain, the more likely you are to suffer from depression or sleep problems related to it. You then have more problems to deal with on top of your chronic pain.

Some of the conditions that cause pelvic pain are relatively treatable in the early stages, but may require a hysterectomy or other type of invasive surgery when left untreated. Early treatment and intervention helps you avoid complicated procedures.

Any kind of pain that doesn’t go away on its own should always be evaluated by a professional. Our team are experts when it comes to pelvic pain, and offer the latest treatments and efficient care when you need it most.

If you’re suffering from chronic pelvic pain and need help, call our office today at 305-200-3878. You can also schedule a consultation using our online booking feature.

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