Are you worried about your Pelvic Pain?
While most pelvic pain is not an indication of a life-threatening condition but a common problem like constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, urinary tract infections or sexually transmitted diseases there are some conditions like appendicitis or peritonitis that could need emergency treatment. Gender specific problems should also be considered, for example, if you are male, you may suffer pelvic pain associated with prostatitis, an inflammation of the prostate gland. Whereas, if you are female, you may experience pelvic pain linked to your natural menstrual cycle with abdominal cramps and labour pains encountered during childbirth or it could also indicate a more serious underlying condition that affects the female reproductive system, such as, ectopic pregnancy, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, or cancers.
Whether you can treat your symptoms at home will depend upon their severity or the length of time you have been suffering from them. If your symptoms are linked to a minor problem such as constipation of your menstrual cycle, you could try following the advice listed below to relieve your discomfort and prevent recurrence.
- Maintain a healthy, balanced diet, and make sure to include plenty of fibre rich foods to help alleviate any symptoms of constipation or prevent further dietary problems
- Maintain an active lifestyle, with regular exercise
- Avoid fizzy drinks and gassy foods like cabbage, beans, or lentils as this may exacerbate your problem
- If you are suffering from menstrual cramps, try using a hot water bottle to alleviate them
- Take over the counter pain killers like paracetamol or ibuprofen
Whether your pelvic pain is mild, moderate, or severe, intermittent, or chronic, it is a good idea to seek a comprehensive assessment from a doctor. Who will take a thorough history and discuss any recent events that may have led to the onset of your pain and if necessary, they may perform an examination or order tests to identify the specific cause of your discomfort. However, if you are suffering from severe pelvic pain, it could indicate a very serious problem and you should seek immediate medical attention.
- Colon cancer
- Crohn's disease
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Inguinal hernia
- Interstitial cystitis
- Intestinal obstruction
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Kidney stones
- Menstrual cramps
- Ovarian cancer
- Ovarian cysts
- Past physical or sexual abuse
- Pelvic floor muscle spasms
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Ulcerative colitis
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Uterine fibroids