Before making the diagnosis of chronic pelvic pain, other treatable causes must be addressed with the help of a primary care physician, urologist and/or gynecologist.
Conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders, urinary bladder processes, renal colic, endometriosis, prostatitis, and or ovarian processes must be addressed first.
Other pain conditions which may resemble chronic pelvic pain include abdominal wall myofascial pain, peripheral nerve neuritis of the genitofemoral nerve, inlioinguinal nerve, iliohypogastric nerve, pudendal nerve may also mimic pelvic pain. Diagnostic nerve blocks of these nerves can be performed by an Illinois Pain Institute specialist to evaluate for pain due to a specific nerve or combination or nerves.
Pain arising from the pubic symphisis can also mimic pelvic pain and a pain physician can inject this structure if needed. Pelvic pain may arise from the retroperitoneal space and may be transmitted by the sympathetic axis. To address this pain, specific clusters of nerves can be blocked by an Illinois Pain Institute specialist. This can be achieved by blockade of the sympathetic axis at the hypogastric plexus.
Prostatitis is often described as an infection of the prostate. It can also be an inflammation with no sign of infection. Just 5% to 10% of cases are caused by bacterial infection. The primary symptom of chronic infectious prostatitis is usually repeated bladder infections. Prostatitis can affect men of all ages and is treatable.
Pain in the pelvic or rectal region may affect women and men of all ages and is treatable at the Illinois Pain Institute. This pain can be seen acutely or chronically. Pelvic pain may be due to endometriosis and gynecologic disorders, testicular and urologic disorders, scar tissue from radiation or surgery and ligament injury. Patients may experience burning with urination, painful intercourse, or a burning, electric-like pain that is present at rest or with activity.
This condition is a bladder problem principally found in women. Illinois Pain Institute has success in treating Interstitial Cystitis (IC).