Chronic Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain is a common problem among all age groups, from older teenagers who may have pain from endometriosis and painful menses, to the very complex patient who has tried multiple medications or had several operations to attempt to stop pain.
Pain in the pelvis is difficult to diagnose accurately for many reasons. First, there are many possible causes of pelvic pain, including endometriosis, infection, uterine fibroids and ovarian causes, such as cysts.
Second, there are other non-genital organs in the pelvis that may cause pain and be mistaken for a "female cause" such as bowel or bladder dysfunction. Bladder pain from diseases such as infections, stones and interstitial cystitis are much more common than recognized in the past.
Third, the human brain recognizes pain coming from the pelvic organs such that the site of the pain may be different than the site the body recognizes as painful. While this sounds strange, it is the way the body works. Our specialists can help the patient with proper testing, medications and, when appropriate, surgical therapy.