When Should I See a Doctor for Pelvic Pain?

Mar 06, 2023
When Should I See a Doctor for Pelvic Pain?
With many potential causes, pelvic pain may be difficult to identify, meaning you might not know when it’s time to see a doctor. When pain isn’t severe, it may not seem like a medical emergency. Certain symptoms can help you decide.

Any pain occurring between your hips and belly button qualifies as pelvic pain and can include musculoskeletal problems, intestinal disorders, urinary dysfunction, or issues with reproductive organs. Occasional discomfort or pain is common, so it may be difficult to know when to see a doctor. 

Our team at Pain Management 360 in Huntington, Hurricane, and Charleston, West Virginia, can help with your condition, reducing your discomfort while restoring function. Dr. Rudy Malayil specializes in pain medicine and stays active as a published researcher and teacher. When it’s time to see a doctor about your pelvic pain, schedule a visit with us. 

Defining pelvic pain

Most often describing pain associated with the female reproductive system, pelvic pain can affect any gender and stretch beyond the reproductive organs. Many pain conditions are short-lived, such as intestinal gas, diarrhea, constipation, or muscle aches. 

Recurring, severe, and persistent pain are generally more likely reasons to visit your doctor. Pain in these categories could be caused by disorders including: 

  • Appendicitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hernias
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Kidney stones
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Sexually transmitted infections

There are many more causes of pelvic pain, and testing and diagnostic imaging may be needed to accurately form a diagnosis. 

When should I see a doctor for pelvic pain? 

In many cases, you may have some idea of what’s causing your pain, such as gas or menstrual cramps. Other times, pain may be sudden and unexplained. It can be hard to know when you need medical attention. 

Generally, it’s worth a doctor’s visit if the pain you’re experiencing is different from your usual patterns or experiences. Suddenly occurring, severe pain may require urgent or emergency care. 

Accompanying symptoms sometimes tip the balance in favor of medical attention. Watch for things like:

  • Blood in your urine or stool
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Fever
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • Nausea or vomiting

Seek medical attention for any unfamiliar pelvic pain that occurs during pregnancy. If your pain is chronic and due to a known condition, schedule a visit to Pain Management 360 to explore alternative treatments to control your pain. Any discomfort that interferes with your day-to-day living should be assessed and treated. 

You can book a consultation by phone or by using our online appointment request link at the top of this page. Pain shouldn’t dominate your life, so schedule your visit today.