The feeling of pain comes from a series of messages that zip through your nervous system.
Usually the signal stops when the cause of the pain is resolved .But with chronic pain, the nerve signals keep firing even after you've healed.
Chronic pain can range from mild to severe. It can continue day after day or come and go. The pain can feel like:
A dull ache.
How does Chronic Pain affect Your Mental Health ?
Chronic pain can interfere with your daily life, keeping you away from doing things you want and need to do. It can take a toll on your self-esteem and make you feel angry, depressed, anxious, and frustrated.
Pain also interferes with sleep and raises your stress levels. Both a lack of sleep and more stress can make pain feel stronger.
What is chronic female pelvic pain ?
Female pelvic pain is pain below a woman's belly button . It is considered chronic (which means long-lasting) if you have had it for at least 6 months. The type of pain varies from woman to woman.
In some women, it is a mild ache that comes and goes. In others, the pain is so steady and severe that it makes it hard to sleep, work, or enjoy life.
What are the causes?
The possible causes are :
Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease.
Irritable bowel syndrome.
Painful bladder syndrome (interstitial cystitis).
Pelvic congestion syndrome.
How is it diagnosed ?
What is the novel method for diagnosing this problem?
laparoscopy -In this surgery, the doctor puts a thin, lighted tube with a tiny camera through a small cut in your belly. This lets the doctor look for problems like growths or scar tissue inside your belly.
Laparoscopy can be diagnostic as well as therapeutic. Your doctor can tackle endometriosis,fibroids,prolapse,any surgical condition that could have caused pain.
How is it treated?
If doctor finds a problem that could be causing your pelvic pain, you will be treated for that problem. Some common treatments include:
Birth control pills or hormone treatment for problems related to your periods.
Surgery to remove a growth, cyst, or tumor.
Medicine to treat the problem, such as an antibiotic for infection or medicine for irritable bowel syndrome.
Hysterectomy, the removal of the uterus, is sometimes used as a last-resort treatment. Depending on the cause, hysterectomy may relieve pain for some women.
What are the additional modes of treatment?
Pain relievers called NSAIDs.You can buy these over the counter, or your doctor may prescribe stronger ones. These medicines work best if you take them on a regular schedule, not just when you have pain. Your doctor can tell you how much to take and how often. Be safe with medicines.
Tricyclic antidepressant-, which can help with pain and with depression.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy , to help you change the way you think about or react to pain.
Counseling, to give you emotional support and reduce stress.
Physiotherapy to help you relax your muscles, improve your posture, and be more active.
Pain relievers that are injected (local anesthetic) into specific areas to help with pain.
You may need to try many treatments before you find the ones that help you the most. If the things you're using aren't working well, ask your doctor what else you can try. Taking an active role in your treatment may help you feel more hopeful.