Pelvic pain can apply to many different conditions and affect both men and women. Pelvic pain can arise from a disease or condition that causes chronic issues that may need attention or resolve on its own. Digestive, reproductive, urinary, and pelvic floor issues can cause pains, making it difficult to diagnose and treat. How to relieve pelvic pain is not a one-size-fits-all cure. Whether you require chronic pelvic pain treatment or intermittent treatments, pelvic pain specialists in Downtown Brooklyn and NYC provide the care you need. It’s essential to visit your local pain management clinic or see one of our pain doctors if you’re in the New York City area.
Pelvic Pain Causes
The causes of pelvic pain can range from eating something that disagrees with you to cancer and many different conditions in-between. But common causes of pelvic pain that require professional care from a doctor trained in evaluating pain symptoms and providing a diagnosis include:
- Colon cancer
- Crohn’s disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Kidney stones
- Ulcerative colitis
- Urinary tract infections
Pelvic Pain in Women vs. Men
Women are more likely to suffer from chronic pelvic pain than men and they may even experience pain in a different way. For women, pelvic pain can originate in the bowel, bladder, uterus, ovaries, pelvic bones or muscles, nerves, joints, and can even be caused by blood vessels.
Some common causes (but not all) of pelvic pain in women include:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Ectopic pregnancies
- Torsion and/or rupture of ovarian cysts
- Ovarian cancer
- Menstrual cramps
Pelvic Pain Symptoms
As you can see, the causes of pelvic pain are quite vast and varied and it’s possible for a person to be suffering pain symptoms from one or more of these conditions. This means that the symptoms they’re experiencing can differ from one person to the next and for the same person the pain can change in character, depending on the situation or progression of the cause. Pain can range from a dull ache to a stabbing sensation, it can radiate out and can even be confused with back pain.
When to See a Doctor for Pelvic Pain
If your pain is unusual and persistent, it’s best to seek medical attention. Sudden pelvic pain can also be a sign of something serious and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Some people routinely suffer from menstrual and digestive pains, while these aren’t typically medical emergencies, they might be signs of underlying conditions like diverticulitis, colitis, uterine fibroids, and other conditions that can benefit from medical intervention. It could also be that an early diagnosis of a more serious condition can prevent future pain and problems. Our Board-Certified Pain Specialists in both of our downtown New York City pain centers use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to help them pinpoint the cause of your pelvic pain.
Preparing for Your Appointment at Downtown Pain Physicians
After you have scheduled an appointment at one of our conveniently located downtown NYC locations, you can begin preparing for your visit. It’s a good idea to start listing your pain symptoms and medications. This way you’ll have some time to think about how your symptoms initially started and how they’ve progressed. It’s also important that you come with a complete list of the prescription medications you take as well as the supplements and over-the-counter medications.
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Pelvic Pain Questions to Ask Your Doctor
We also find that many of our patients have questions about their pain symptoms, possible treatments, and what their future may hold. We suggest also creating a list of these questions. We want to give you all the information you need to feel comfortable and confident while in our care. Often, we find that people forget their questions at the time of appointment so it’s a great idea to come prepared.
Some questions that are common include:
- What is the possible cause of my pelvic pain?
- Do I need tests to determine the prognosis?
- Will tests be performed today or is a follow-up appointment necessary?
- If these tests don’t give you answers, where do we go from there?
- What is your philosophy on treating pain?
- What are the conservative options for my pain relief?
- Will surgery be a part of my pain treatment program?
- Is this a common or a rare condition?
- Will I always have pain?
- Will my treatments completely relieve my pain?
- Will treatments for my pelvic pain be ongoing or will they relieve my symptoms and the underlying cause in a short amount of time?
- Where can I research my condition and find information and possibly support?
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
Our pain relief specialists understand that the key to finding the right treatment plan for you is understanding what you’re experiencing. Expect to detail your symptoms and our caring doctors will listen so they can develop the best and most thorough impression of your pelvic pain.
Once we have an overview of your symptoms, your doctor will begin the diagnostic phase of the examination, which may take a few different forms. Some of the exam protocols that might be suggested include:
Physical exam. A general physical exam can tell the doctor a lot about your condition and any additional areas of pain or deficit.
Pelvic exam. For women, a pelvic exam provides a lot of information on what may be happening internally with the reproductive organs.
Lab tests. Eliminating many illnesses can be done with some simple lab tests.
X-Rays. Standard x-rays can provide a lot of insight into what may be going on in your pelvic region.
Ultrasound. Using high-frequency sound waves we can gather precise images of your organs and other structures within the body.
Computerized tomography (CT) scans. Working much like an x-ray, a CT scan encircles one part of your body to create a cross-sectional x-ray for a more thorough examination.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Using a magnet and radio waves, an MRI can provide even more detailed information about what’s happening inside your body than an x-ray or CT scan can.
Laparoscopy. A small laparoscope camera gives doctors a good inside view of pelvic organs and can help detect abnormal tissues or signs of infection.
After a diagnosis is established, the next step is to discuss treatment options and come up with a plan that will most effectively treat your health concerns and one that you will be able to follow.
Pelvic Pain Treatments
Identifying symptoms and establishing an accurate diagnosis is the first step in creating a customized pelvic pain treatment plan that gives you the relief you crave and helps get you back to enjoying life again. We’re dedicated to finding the right treatment options for your specific health concerns and your symptoms. Because each person is unique, with their own symptoms and underlying health conditions, each treatment plan will be different.
It’s through customization and an unrelenting commitment to our individual patients that we find the greatest pelvic pain relief and treatment success. That means that your treatment plan will be tailored for you, but you may find one or several of the following pelvic pain treatment options give you the relief you seek.
- Pain medications (prescription and/or over the counter)
- Spinal injections
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
- Cortisone injections
- Trigger point injections
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Hypogastric block
- Pain rehabilitation program
Rest assured, when you’re seen by one of our pelvic pain specialists at Downtown Pain Physicians, you’ll be treated as the individual, and your treatment plan will be customized for optimal success. Please, feel free to ask any questions you have. We’re here to get you on the road to healing in the most effective way possible.
The information on this website is to provide general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect definitive treatment advice. It is essential to consult a best-in-class pain management specialist in New York regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your pain doctor to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Raj Raval, M.D.
- Board Certified
- Interventional Pain & Musculoskeletal Medicine Specialist
Education & training
- SUNY Downstate PMR Residency
- Rutgers University Fellowship