As a woman, you may be used to the usual pain and cramping of your monthly menstrual cycle. But if persistent pelvic pain goes beyond your period and interferes with your ability to live a healthy and happy life, you may need the help of an experienced gynecologist. Dr. Barry Fish, a board-certified OB/GYN in Fairlawn, Ohio, offers advanced diagnostics and treatment to find the cause of your pelvic pain. He also creates a custom care plan to provide the most effective treatment of your symptoms. You don’t have to live with chronic pelvic pain forever. Call Dr. Fish’s office or schedule a consultation online.
Persistent pain in your lower abdominal area can indicate there’s a problem with one of your organs including your:
You may feel a steady, dull pain that spreads out over your abdomen or a sharp, stabbing pain that makes it difficult to work or enjoy life for at least six months or more. Pain may come and go or appear during your usual menstrual cycle.
You may also experience pain after eating, when using the bathroom, or during sex.
There are a number of factors that can be causing chronic pelvic pain. You may have chronic pain as the result of:
To help with your diagnosis, you should take note of when you feel pain. This can include what activities you are doing when you feel the worst of the pain, how often pain occurs, and where you feel it most.
Dr. Fish first reviews your symptoms and may perform a physical exam. He may request additional testing to determine the root cause of your pain. These tests may include an ultrasound where Dr. Fish can get a closer look at your internal organs.
He may also use a laparoscopic surgery procedure where he inserts a slender instrument that contains a camera into your vaginal canal to view your reproductive organs closely.
You may also need to undergo blood work or urine testing to check for signs of infection.
Depending on your diagnosis, Dr. Fish may offer treatments to relieve your pain and help improve your overall functionality. These treatments may include anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain. He may also suggest lifestyle changes, including changes to your diet and relaxation techniques, to help you cope with your symptoms.
If these therapies don’t effectively relieve your pain, Dr. Fish may recommend exploratory surgery to remove excess tissue, as in the case of endometriosis, to alleviate symptoms and confirm a diagnosis.
To learn more about available diagnostics and treatments for pelvic pain, schedule a consultation online or by calling Dr. Fish’s office.