What’s Going on Down There? Six Reasons Why You Experience Pelvic Pain

The older people get, the more random creaks and pangs of pain they begin to feel. One region of the body that can present a variety of different types of pains is the pelvis. Pelvic pain is considered any pain in the abdomen below the belly button. Frequently this type of pain accompanies many harmless conditions, such as a digestive disorder or a sign of fertility. Other times, however, pelvic pain can signify a serious medical condition that requires immediate emergency aid. Here are a few serious, and not so serious, causes of pelvic pain.

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Appendicitis

A tube of tissue connected to the large intestine, appendicitis occurs when your appendix becomes inflamed due to an infection. The symptoms of appendicitis can include vomiting, fever, and a telltale stabbing pain in the lower right side of the abdomen. If you experience these symptoms, you need to seek immediate medical attention. An appendix that has become infected must be removed before it bursts, allowing the infection to spread throughout the abdomen, which can cause life-threatening complications.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

A chronic digestive disorder, IBS causes such symptoms as cramps, belly pain, diarrhea, and bloating. While doctors remain unsure of what causes the condition, there are several ways to control its symptoms, including a change in diet, better stress management, and prescription drugs used to treat constipation and diarrhea.

Ectopic Pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman will experience a variety of unexplained aches and pains. However, in the case of an ectopic pregnancy, a woman must seek immediate medical attention to deal with this potentially life-threatening condition. In cases of ectopic pregnancy, the embryo implants itself and begins to grow outside of the uterus. This most often occurs in the fallopian tube. When this occurs, a woman will experience a combination of symptoms, including sharp pelvic pain, extreme cramping on one side of the abdomen, dizziness, nausea, and vaginal bleeding.

Ovarian Cysts

As an egg matures during a woman’s menstrual cycle, it’s housed in the follicle. Once a woman begins to ovulate, the egg is released. Sometimes, a follicle doesn’t open to release an egg once ovulation begins, or closes after it releases an egg and begins to fill with fluid, which causes the formation of an ovarian cyst. Usually a harmless condition that heals on its own, an ovarian cyst can cause weight gain, pelvic discomfort, and a need to frequently urinate. Your doctor can identify an ovarian cyst through routine examination or ultrasound.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

A serious side effect of STDs, pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection that can permanently damage a woman’s fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus, and is the number one preventable cause of infertility. Symptoms of the disease include pain during sex or urination, fever, abdominal discomfort, and vaginal discharge. When caught early, pelvic inflammatory disease can be treated with antibiotics, or surgery in extreme cases.

Kidney Stones

The term kidney stone refers to deposits of minerals and salt that form in an individuals urine. Kidney stones can form as small as grains of sand or as big as a golf ball. When the stones move from the kidney to the bladder, they can cause excruciating pain that seems to radiate from the pelvic region or belly. Someone suffering from kidney stones may have their urine change color, appearing red or pink. While most kidney stones will pass on their own, some require medical treatment.

Timothy Lemke blogs about news in health for Dr. Lance Heppler, a Vancouver WA dentist at Dental Designs.

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