“Most women experience pelvic pain
at some point in their lives.
It may be from normal causes
or it may indicate a serious problem.
My goal is to make sure you are safe
and to make every attempt
to improve the quality of your life”
-Raymond C. Lackore MD
MANY ORGANS LIVE IN THE PELVIS
including the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, urinary bladder, intestines and appendix. To further confuse things, pain from the kidney and pain from muscles and from the abdominal wall can also seem to come from the pelvis.
From my standpoint, pelvic pain falls into three classifications:
I. Pain from normal functioning of the reproductive organs – will probably resolve without treatment, may be severe, but is self-limited. A frequent cause of this is a “functional” ovarian cyst. It is easy for a doctor to fall into the trap of doing surgery for such problems because the patient wants the problem solved, and feels that surgery will offer a quick “fix.”
II. Pelvic pain that may need treatment, but not on an urgent basis – Examples of this would include pain from endometriosis, scar tissue or a growing fibroid tumor. Chronic pelvic pain also falls into this category. Schedule an office appointment for the evaluation of this type of pain.
III. Pelvic pain that needs urgent surgery or hospitalization – Examples of this type of pelvic pain would be a ruptured tubal pregnancy, appendicitis, severe pelvic infection or torsion (twisting) of an ovary. Generally this type of pain will require you go to the Emergency Room.
MY APPROACH INVOLVES:
Ask the right questions
Listen to you carefully
Get records from the Emergency Room
Get records from other doctors
Get results of any testing
Perform physical examination
Perform pelvic ultrasound examination
Understand how badly the pain is disrupting your life
Know your childbearing desires
Know other treatments you’ve tried
Using knowledge and experience…
I will try my very best to help you.
I may only treat with reassurance
NSAIDs (medicines like Motrin or Aleve) may sometimes be recommended
Birth control pills sometimes work best
Mirena IUD is a new approach to pain relief
Antibiotics are sometimes appropriate
Other hormonal suppression therapies are considered
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy should be considered
Diagnostic or therapeutic laparoscopy is sometimes wise
Antidepressant or Anti-anxiety medications may be tried.
Referral to other specialists (Gastro or Urologist)
Referral to a Chronic Pain specialist
Consider Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy