Waking up with pelvic pain can be so devastating, especially if you know that it is an indication you have a problem with one of your reproductive organs within the pelvic area. The good news is that your Naperville pelvic pain experts at Chicago Women’s Health Center can help if you are struggling with this kind of pain.
There are various causes of pelvic pain including;
- Uterine cancer
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Ovarian cysts
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Cervical cancer
Diagnosis of pelvic pain
Knowing what is causing your pelvic pain will involve eliminating because many disorders can cause pelvic pain. Your doctor will have a detailed interview with you concerning your pain and request to know your personal health history, family history, and recommend keeping a journal of your symptoms. During treatment, your doctor might recommend either of these tests:
Your doctor makes a small incision in your abdomen during this surgical procedure and inserts a thin tube attached to a small camera known as a laparoscope. The camera allows your doctor to view your pelvic organs and check for signs of infection or abnormal tissues. The procedure is useful in detecting chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and endometriosis.
Your doctor may order laboratory tests to check infections, such as gonorrhea, during a pelvic examination. Your doctor may also order a urinalysis to check for a urinary tract infection and bloodwork to check your blood cell counts.
During this exam, your doctor checks for areas of tenderness. The exam can reveal signs of abnormal growths, signs of infection, or pelvic floor muscles.
High-frequency sound waves are used to produce precise images of structures within your body. Your doctor will use this procedure to detect cysts or masses in fallopian tubes, ovaries, or uterus.
Treatment for pelvic pain
If your doctor pinpoints the cause of your pain after doing the tests and examination, treatment will focus on the cause. If your cause is not identified, your doctor will focus your treatment on managing your pain and other symptoms.
Your doctor may recommend several medications to treat your condition, depending on the cause. These medications are:
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if an infection is the source of your pain.
You can get partial relief from your pelvic pain by taking over the counter pain remedies like ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen.
For chronic pain, your doctor will prescribe some types of antidepressants. Tricyclic antidepressants such as nortriptyline and amitriptyline have pain-relieving and antidepressant effects.
Suppose your days when you have pelvic pain coincides with a particular phase of your menstrual cycle and the hormonal changes that control ovulation and menstruation. In that case, your doctor will recommend birth control pills or other hormonal medications to help relieve your pelvic pain.
It is time to break loose from pelvic pain. For more details about pelvic pain, call or book an appointment online at the Chicago Center for Women’s Health.