Chronic pelvic pain is defined as pain that occurs below the umbilicus (belly button) that lasts for more than six months. It may or may not be associated with menstrual periods in female. Chronic pelvic pain may be a symptom caused by one or more different conditions.
CAUSES OF CHRONIC PELVIC PAIN
A variety of gynecologic, gastrointestinal, urologic, musculoskeletal and body-wide disorders can cause chronic pelvic pain.
A thorough history and proper physical examination are essential in order to determine the cause of the pain. Most patients become hopeless and end up on antidepressants after multiple failed attempts to relief the symptoms.
It is indeed a challenging condition to treat, but if managed by the right team, success is always possible especially that many cases are caused by pudendal nerve entrapment.
If diagnosed properly, release of the pudendal nerve by laparoscopic approach often cures the condition and patients go back to carry on their normal life after a longstanding period of misery.