Stomach Pain

Chronic Pelvic Pain

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is pain in the area below your bellybutton to your hips, as well as pain between your hips that lasts 6 months or longer. CPP can have multiple causes. It can be a symptom of another disease, or it can be a condition in its own right. If your chronic pelvic pain appears to be caused by another medical problem, treating that problem may be enough to eliminate your pain.

However, in many cases it's not possible to identify a single cause for chronic pelvic pain. In that case, the goal of treatment is to reduce your pain and other symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Chronic pelvic pain has been described in different ways including but not limited to: Severe and steady pain,Pain that comes and goes (intermittent), Dull aching. Sharp pains or cramping, Pressure or heaviness deep within your pelvis, pain with sitting, pain in your sacroiliac joint, pain in your coccyx or tailbone as well as back pain.

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, your discomfort may intensify after standing for long periods and may be relieved when you lie down.

 

The pain may be mild and annoying, or it may be so severe that you miss work, can't sleep and can't exercise. Often a multidisciplinary approach including but not limited to pelvic floor physical therapy to strengthen the pelvic floor, as well as acupuncture and trigger points have been shown to improve or obliterate CPP.