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Pelvic Pain and Pressure

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What could be causing my pelvic pain and pressure?What could be causing my pelvic pain and pressure?


Some pelvic pain and pressure from time to time isn’t uncommon for women and can be caused by a number of gynecologic or other reasons. Pelvic pain and pressure should not be occurring frequently or long term, and you should discuss either symptom with your gynecologist.

Pelvic pain and pressure is usually felt between your belly button and pubic bone. It may be one sided or across the entire area. You might feel anything from burning, stabbing, or throbbing, to achiness, uncomfortableness, and pressure. Being able to describe the pain, when it occurs, its exact location, and the intensity can help your doctor with diagnosis. For instance, throbbing pain that worsens throughout the day could be a sign of pelvic congestion. Burning pain is one of the signs of interstitial cystitis. Many women with adenomyosis or fibroids experience a type of pressure feeling in their pelvic region.

Experiencing other symptoms, like bloating, tiredness, or bleeding, along with any pelvic pain and pressure can be clues for you and your doctor. The combined symptoms could help determine which medical condition you might have and help you decide which testing and treatments might be best.

Gynecologic concerns which can cause pelvic pain and pressure may include a wide variety conditions:Non-gynecologic issues which can cause pelvic pain and pressure can include various bowel conditions, appendicitis, gallbladder issues, urinary tract infection, bladder issues, interstitial cystitis, or kidney stones. Each of these conditions, however, could be affected by gynecologic concerns or hormonal issues. For example, increased estrogen levels can cause gall stones; endometriosis could implant and damage your appendix; scar tissue from prior gynecologic surgeries can form on your bowels.

If you are experiencing pelvic pain and pressure that does not resolve quickly, you’ll need to schedule an appointment to talk to your gynecologist. Be sure to take your symptom diary and share any details you think are important. If you have an idea of what could be causing your symptoms and there is a specialist who treats it, consult with that specialist along with your gynecologist. Seeking a second opinion can help ensure you get the right diagnosis and treatment for you!


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.

01-14-2015 - 05:32 PM


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