Clinic Corner: Pelvic pain part 2
In Clinic Corner, our team addresses concerns and issues we hear about from our patients. We received a lot of positive feedback and follow-up questions on pelvic pain following last month’s article. This month, we address other common causes of pelvic pain.
In addition to vulvodynia, chronic pelvic pain without an identifiable cause, and vaginismus, involuntary muscle contraction of the pelvic floor and difficulty allowing vaginal penetration, pelvic pain can spring from a variety of issues. For example, endometriosis, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases and fibroids can all contribute to pelvic pain.
“Pelvic pain can come from the reproductive and urinary systems, but it can also be linked to digestive issues, the muscles and ligaments in the pelvic floor, and nerve pain,” said Dr. Pamela Jordi. “It’s such a broad category that can encompass a variety of causes and symptoms, which is why it’s so important to talk with your doctor about any issues or discomfort you might be experiencing.”
Diagnosis can include blood and urine tests, a pregnancy test, X-rays and ultrasounds, stool samples and cultures that can provide a clearer picture of what’s causing your pain. Treatment, then, can vary from physical therapy and exercise to medicine to surgery to heat and stretching, depending on the particular issue.
“No one should have to live with chronic pelvic pain—it can be uncomfortable and disconcerting and frustrating—that’s what we’re here for,” added Dr. Jordi. “And don’t forget that regular healthcare visits can help you stay on top of everything.”