Pelvic Discomfort Is A Complicated Subject
A Fuzzy Area - A pelvic discomfort primer would be a nice thing to have for reference, something that immediately points to what the problem is, if there is one, when such discomfort occurs. Unfortunately, pinpointing the source of pelvic discomfort is often difficult to do, plus there are many potential causes of discomfort.
The pelvis is an area which does not have the density of nerve endings that many other parts of our body do. Consequently, when something is wrong, the brain doesn't always get all the information it needs to zero in on the exact location where the source of the discomfort is located.
Even if the pelvic area was rich in nerve endings, it could be hard to determine exactly the nature of the cause for discomfort. In addition, disorders occurring in neighboring organs, such as the liver or kidneys, can manifest themselves through pelvic discomfort or pain.
Men rarely suffer from pelvic discomfort and don't understand or fully appreciate what some women must go through. Pelvic discomfort in women is in many instances a rather normal occurrence, especially during menstruation and pregnancy. On the other hand, there are a number of things which can go wrong with one or more of a woman's reproductive organs, and will result in pelvic discomfort. Such disorders don't necessarily cause discomfort or pain. In fact, a cancer in the pelvic region seldom does. That in itself isn't particularly good news, but the flip side of the coin is, if a woman experiences pelvic discomfort of any kind, the chances are minimal that cancer is involved.
Prolapse A Common Cause - Pelvic discomfort may be due to inflammation or infection, usually of the vagina or in the uterus, but muscles and supporting tissues can also be involved.
A prolapse in the reproductive system is often a cause of pelvic discomfort. In such a situation the cervix, vagina and uterus may get out of position relative to one another.
Treatment varies from massage and hormone therapy at one extreme, to surgery designed to reposition the organs or perform a hysterectomy at the other extreme.
A Host Of Other Possibilities - While, outside of menstruation and pregnancy, causes of pelvic discomfort shouldn't be considered normal, some are more common than others, and most require at least some degree of medical attention.
Ovary disorders, including ovarian cysts or abscesses can be causes, as can urinary tract disorders including urinary tract infections and kidney and bladder problems.
Digestive system disorders are often to blame, with diverticulitis being one of the more common disorders.
Many intestinal disorders or diseases have symptoms suggestive of something gone wrong in the pelvic region. A gastric ulcer can also cause pelvic discomfort or pain. The pelvis itself can be the source of discomfort.
A broken pelvis will certainly be more apt to cause severe pain rather than discomfort, but a condition such as osteomyelitis in the pelvic bone might be more apt to be experienced as discomfort.
When To Seek Medical Help - Any pelvic discomfort which seems to be outside of the range of what a woman might consider to be "normal" should be brought to the prompt attention of a care provider, especially if the condition seems to be worsening, or appears to be chronic.
Even though the probability of a serious condition may not be large, there are many things in the pelvic region that could easily go from bad to worse. Even if the pelvic region itself is normal and healthy, any problems occurring in neighboring organs, such as the kidneys, or even the spinal column, should be caught as early as possible.