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Diseases & Conditions

Pelvic Floor Spasms

Pelvic floor spasms are characterized by pain and pressure spanning across the entire pelvic region. Depending on the individual, the pain may be persistent or intermittent. It is sometimes experienced as a dull ache or sharp pains accompanied by cramping. Bowel movements, urination, intercourse, and prolonged sitting or standing are also likely to result in pain. Lying down often helps to reduce discomfort and relieve symptoms.

Common Causes of Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain and pressure are often the result of one or more underlying conditions. Endometriosis occurs when the uterine lining forms outside the uterus. During the monthly cycle when the lining naturally breaks down, the blood and tissue accumulates in the abdomen instead of exiting through the vagina. This often causes significant pain, and the development of cysts and adhesions. When a hysterectomy has been performed, it is possible for a small piece of the ovary to be mistakenly left behind. This can cause the development of painful cysts in the pelvic area. Chronic pelvic pain can be caused by a sexually transmitted infection known as chronic pelvic inflammatory disease.

Pressure without the presence of pain in the lower abdomen may be the result of non-cancerous growths called uterine fibroids. Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome or painful bladder syndrome (interstitial cystitis) are associated with pelvic pain and discomfort.

It is possible for chronic pelvic pain to be caused by psychological factors including depression or chronic stress. Emotional distress and recurring pain that is chronic tend to feed off one-another, leading to a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.

Treatment Options

Pelvic floor spasms can range from a mild annoyance to a life-disrupting condition. A consultation with a physician is warranted if pelvic pain is disrupting the ability to sleep, work, or exercise, or if symptoms begin to worsen. When a specific underlying cause is identified, treatment will be focused on resolving the condition. If a definitive diagnosis cannot be made, focus will be on reducing symptoms and improving the quality of life.

Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers may help reduce your symptoms.

Medications to Treat Pelvic Floor Spasms

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Flomax
  • Valium

Compounded Medications:

We can make capsules, creams or suppositories of the following:

  • Tamsulosin
  • Diazepam
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