Chronic pelvic pain refers to any pain in your pelvic region ¡X the area below your bellybutton and between your hips ¡X that lasts six months or longer. If you were asked to locate your pain, you'd be more likely to sweep your hand over that entire area rather than point to one spot. Chronic pelvic pain can be a symptom of another disease, or it can be designated as a condition in its own right.
Determining what's causing your discomfort may be one of medicine's more puzzling and frustrating endeavors. Indeed, no physical cause may ever be discovered. Many women who experience chronic pelvic pain never receive a more specific diagnosis.
If your doctor can determine the source of your chronic pelvic pain, then treatment can focus on eliminating that cause. If no cause can be found, then treatment for chronic pelvic pain focuses on managing the pain.
Chronic pelvic pain exhibits many different characteristics. Among the signs and symptoms are:
„X Severe and steady pain
„X Pain that comes and goes (intermittent)
„X Dull aching
„X Sharp pains or cramping
„X Pressure or heaviness deep within your pelvis
With any chronic pain problem, it can be difficult to know when you should go to the doctor. In general, make an appointment with your doctor if your pelvic pain disrupts your daily life or if your symptoms seem to be getting worse.
Excerpted from MayoClinic.com. For complete article, click on: www.mayoclinic.com/health/chronic-pelvic-pain/DS00571/DSECTION=1
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