5 Most Common Causes of Pelvic Pain

There is a wide range of conditions that trigger pelvic pain. As such, one may not be able to tell when to visit a doctor. Pelvic pain may sometimes indicate more significant health problems, which may be a cause of concern to patients. If you are experiencing pelvic pain, it is important to consult with a doctor.

This article highlights the most common causes of pelvic pain and the nature of their severity.

Why You May be Experiencing Pelvic Pain

The pelvis is the area of the body below the abdomen or belly. It houses different organs and structures, including blood vessels, nerves, reproductive systems, the bladder, urinary structures, bowels, and the rectum.

Pelvic pain can be felt in the lower abdomen, the buttocks, the perineal area, or the entire pelvic region. Patients may also suffer from flashes of pain down their legs and reproductive organs or radiating up towards the thoracic spine.

As earlier mentioned, pelvic pain may be a result of several factors and could be a symptom of other health conditions. Any of the following could be the reason for your pelvic pain;

  • Constipation

Constipation can cause pelvic pain, primarily if it affects the lower colon. This type of pain tends to go away once a person has a bowel movement.

  • Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are composed of crystals that usually form in the kidneys. Most kidney stones are tiny, but some can be as big as a golf ball. Even small kidney stones cause extreme flank and pelvic pain as it irritates the ureters. This may cause blood to form in the patient’s urine due to kidney stones irritating the tissue in the kidney or ureter.

If you are experiencing this kind of severe pain, it is essential to see a doctor. If you have a high temperature alongside shivers and blood in your urine, you will need immediate medical attention.

  • Appendicitis

The appendix is located in the lower-right abdomen. If the appendix becomes infected and pressed against the colon, this causes severe pelvic or lower back pain. If your pain is sharp or happening in the lower-right abdomen with symptoms such as vomiting or fever, you should seek medical help as this may be appendicitis.

  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

 The typical symptoms of UTI are burning pain during urination and more frequent urges to urinate. Some people may experience pelvic pain or cramping, mainly caused by severe or long-lasting infections. In this case, a doctor can diagnose UTI and prescribe antibiotic treatment.

  • Fibroids

Fibroids and benign growths in the uterus can cause pain throughout the pelvis and lower back. While fibroids are non-cancerous, they can cause rectal and bladder pressure and hence, the feeling of needing to use the toilet. Fibroids may also cause abnormal bleeding and excessive cramping during menstruation. While some fibroids do not require medical treatment, other forms of fibroids may be too complicated. In such cases, a patient will need medications, noninvasive procedures, or surgery recommended by doctors if the symptoms are difficult to manage.

Some illnesses or conditions may manifest as pain in the body. While some can be sorted quickly by having a bowel movement, others require immediate medical attention. Urgent tests and diagnosis will need to occur to prevent further damage or fatality. If you are experiencing prolonged pelvic pain that is not responsive to treatment, you may need to see a pain specialist.

At Lakeshore Pain Center, we understand that chronic pain is very challenging to deal with, and that is why we are committed to helping our patients by creating unique treatment plans for each person’s health goals. Schedule an appointment with us today