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Hysterectomy for Pelvic Pain

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Hysterectomy for Pelvic PainI have been experiencing pelvic pain for the past 6 months that doesn't seem to have a source. Will a hysterectomy help me?

Chronic pelvic pain is a symptom, not a disease, and is a very common symptom. Approximately 10 percent of all women visiting their doctor complain of pelvic pain. This pain may be caused by a variety of conditions including pelvic infection, endometriosis, adenomyosis and pelvic adhesions (from a previous surgery). Other conditions that may cause pelvic pain but are unrelated to gynecology may be irritable bowel syndrome and interstitial cystitis (Discussed below).

A diagnostic laparoscopy provides insight into the cause of the pelvic pain, with the most common findings being endometriosis and adhesions.

Pelvic Infection/Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is an infection of the pelvic area and is difficult to diagnose but is usually cured with antibiotics.

Pelvic adhesions can usually be treated with laparoscopy.

Non-gynecologic causes of chronic pelvic pain include:
  • addiction or substance abuse problem
  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • chronic appendicitis
  • chronic interstitial cystitis (chronic inflammation/irritation of the bladder wall)
  • depression
  • lumbar disk disease
  • diverticulitis (intestinal inflammation)
  • fibromyalgia
  • hernia
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • physical or sexual abuse
  • scoliosis and posture related problems

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

03-17-2005 - 10:57 AM


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