Pelvic pain is normally in the pelvic region or lower abdomen. It is common in women, but less so in men. It can go as far as the lower back and thighs. Pelvic pain is usually a symptom to an underlying cause, as one of them.
You will hear of choric and acute pelvic pain. The acute pain is more common. It is severe and lasts for a short while. Those who have undergone surgery tend to show it more. Chronic pain will go on for longer. Chronic pain manifests itself as mild, moderate or severe, with a steady increase in intensity. It may be sudden and sharp that keeps fluctuating, or constant but dull. You will see more of them during menstruation, when passing urine or while having sex. It normally signals the presence of a urinary system, reproductive system, nervous or lower intestinal tract trouble. For women, the pain is mostly due to their menstrual cycle or reproductive system. When it gets acute, you can expect it to be due to certain factors. A miscarriage has it as one of its symptoms. Ectopic pregnancies tend to do the same. You will feel cramping and abdominal pain. Pelvic inflammatory disease is also a cause. Ovarian cysts are the other cause, and they also come with pain in the lower back and thighs. Endometriosis can also be detected, when the pain is stuck in the pelvic area only. Ovarian cancer also leads to it, while menstrual cramps are similar, except for where they are accompanied by pain in the lower abdominal area. Uterine fibroids lead to it as well, but there is also the fling of pressure on the pelvic area.
Pelvic pain can also be caused by constipation, kidney stones, urinary tract infection, appendicitis, colon cancer or ulcerative colitis.
It is normally the case that anyone who feels like they might be having pelvic pain to immediately seek a doctor’s intervention. The causes of pelvic pain are plenty and thus it is wise to get a doctor to look you over and do some tests to determine what the root cause might be. You may have to undergo an MRI, an ultra sound scan, or a computed tomography to identify the problem by the process of elimination of causes. It is after knowing what the cause was that a doctor can give you medication. There are cases where you only need and anti-inflammatory drug, an oral contraceptive pill, or an anti-depressant. There are others that are not so simple and require you to undergo surgery, such as hysterectomy or a laparoscopy. There are some where you only need a muscle relaxant, exercises, heat therapy, or nerve blocking. You need to be given the right treatment, depending on what caused the pain.