Chronic Female Pelvic Pain (cont.)
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Treatment for chronic female pelvic pain can be approached in two ways: treating a known, specific cause of the pain or treating the pain itself as a medical condition. When it's possible, your doctor will do both.
Treating a known or suspected cause
Depending on the cause, treatment may include:
Treating the pain itself
Finding a treatment that works may take a while. It's common for women to try many treatments before finding one or more that help.
Medicines that may help manage your pain include:
For more information, see Medications.
If your chronic pain hasn't responded to treatment or seems to have no physical cause, you may have neuropathic pain. This means that your nerves still create pain signals long after an original injury or disease has healed. If your doctor suspects that you have neuropathic pain, he or she may refer you to a pain management clinic for evaluation and treatment.
What to think about
Decisions are complicated when you are considering treatment for chronic pelvic pain. Think about these questions, and talk to your doctor about them:
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