Chronic Pelvic Pain In Women
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is pain in your pelvic area that continues for longer than 6 months. You may feel pain on one or both sides of your pelvis. The pain may occur with certain body positions or activities, such as when you have sex or a bowel movement. It may worsen during your menstrual period, or after you sit or stand for a long time.
You may need any of the following:
- Pain medicine may be given in pills or creams to relieve your pain.
- Hormones may be given if CPP gets worse with your menstrual cycle.
- Antibiotics may be given if your pain is caused by infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your PHP as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Keep a pain diary. Write down when your pain happens, how severe it is, and any other symptoms you have with your pain. A diary will help you keep track of pain cycles. It may also help your PHP find out what is causing your pain.
- Learn ways to relax. Deep breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques can help decrease your pain. When you are tense, your pain may increase.
- Change the foods you eat if you have irritable bowel syndrome. Ask your PHP about the best foods for you.
Contact your PHP if:
- You develop new symptoms or your symptoms are worse than before.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have heavy or unusual vaginal bleeding, and you feel lightheaded or faint.
- You have pelvic pain that does not go away after you take pain medicine.
- You have severe chest pain and sudden trouble breathing.
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