Many women suffer from daily pelvic discomfort and pain. The cause could be explained by a broad spectrum of conditions from emotional, and stress related issues to physical ailments. Many times this complaint is dismissed by health care providers or misdiagnosed and under treated. This can be very frustrating for patients.
Chronic pelvic pain has many different characteristics. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Severe and steady pain
- Pain that comes and goes (intermittent)
- Dull aching
- Sharp pains or cramping
- Pressure or heaviness deep within your pelvis
In addition, you may experience:
- Pain during intercourse
- Pain while having a bowel movement or urinating
- Pain when you sit for long periods of time
Some of the causes of chronic pelvic pain include:
- Vulvar pain
- Ovarian disease
- Pelvic adhesions
- Uterine fibroids
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Bladder pain
- Pelvic Trauma
- Musculoskeletal disease
- Psychological factors
- Nerve pain
- Bowel disorders
Because of its complex nature, many times evaluation by several different types of clinicians is necessary; i.e. Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Urology, Pain Management, Physical Therapy, Psychiatry, and Gynecology. For some, management of their pain will require a collaboration of these specialists.
Dr. Hawkins addresses many of the gynecological and urological causes of chronic pelvic pain. She will take a thorough history of your complaints and complete a detailed physical exam. This alone could uncover the true cause of discomfort. Occasional further evaluation with laboratory test, imaging, procedural or surgical evaluation is needed.
Dr. Hawkins understands that because of the chronic nature of her patient’s pain, the journey to relief for many has been long and agonizing. Diagnosis, improvement and/or resolution of your pain is her priority.