Today we are tackling pelvic pain. It is a common complaint for women, and recently, I was asked how I could treat this problem. Often, the pain has an explanation, but there are times where no diagnosis is given. There is a protocol often followed to diagnose pelvic pain and certain important considerations when deciding how to move forward. It is important that your care provider acknowledges your complaints. It may sound obvious, but I cannot tell you how many times a woman has told me that I her fourth (or more) provider that she has looked to for answers. My first question is, does it come (or worsen) at certain times during your cycle? If there is a hormonal component, it can point us away from certain ailments and towards others. From there, I will ask about what makes the pain worse, for example, does it get worse during intercourse? Does it get worse while walking or laying down flat? Then what makes it better? Heat? Medications? Baths? After this, we will discuss details that can effect the treatment plan. The first step is for me to order both an ultrasound and lab testing. These tests take about 24-48 hours to come back. If further testing is needed, we will move to an MRI. In the mean time, it is helpful to use heat packs and anti-inflammatory medications. Once there is more information, we can discuss our next step. You do not have to feel this pain forever. Working together, we can find an answer! Make an appointment today!