Chronic pelvis pain can hit anyone. But women suffer the most, with as many as 1 in 7 at any given time by some estimates (and 1 in 4 while pregnant).
Yes, it’s always a good idea to see a doctor to rule out disease for chronic pain issues. That’s why I’m going to share the most common diagnosed causes of chronic pelvis pain first.
But keep reading because I’m also going to share the #1 undiagnosed cause of chronic pelvis pain – and what you can do about it.
Part of the reason chronic pelvis pain is so prevalent among women are the numerous female-specific medical reasons that can cause it:
- Uterine fibroids
- Endometriosis (tissue lining your uterus begins to grow outside your uterus)
- Ovarian cysts (even after hysterectomy – a small part left inside may develop a cyst)
- Ovarian torsion (twisted ovary cutting off blood supply)
- Pelvic congestion (enlarged veins around your uterus or ovaries)
Other medical causes affect men and women alike:
- Pelvic floor muscle tension
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Interstitial cystitis (chronic bladder inflammation – often eased by urinating)
- Emotional distress, particularly when dealing with physical or sexual abuse
- Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease (often cause by scarring associated with a long-term infection, especially from a sexually transmitted disease)
Many doctors like to say the cause of chronic pelvis pain is hard to find. But that’s probably because most doctors aren’t trained to look for…
The #1 Undiagnosed Cause of Chronic Pelvis Pain
The most common non-disease cause, and most commonly undiagnosed or misdiagnosed cause of chronic pelvis pain, are muscle imbalances leading to painful pelvic torque.
Ok, that sounds technical so let me break it down in plain English.
When muscles surrounding your pelvis are out of balance, meaning some are overly tight while opposing muscles become weak and stretched out, your pelvis is pulled out of its desired neutral alignment. This creates painful stress on your hips which must then support your body in an unnatural posture.
Look closely and you’ll see that your pelvis is connected directly to your spine via the SI joint. Which means a misaligned pelvis affects your entire spine.
In other words, back pain, SI joint pain and hip pain are all related. All thanks to muscle imbalances.
In the example above, muscle imbalances between the inner and outer thighs, hip flexors and glutes, and hip rotators have led to a condition known as a high hip – in this case, a high right pelvis.
When this occurs, your pelvis becomes irritated by the muscle strain. Your high hip causes torsion (torque) forcing your hip to tip forward and ride higher.
Again, notice the skeletal changes caused by the high hip. Left alone, muscle imbalances tend to progress leading to further misalignment. If left uncorrected permanent deformities such as kyphosis (hunchback) or lordosis (saddle back) can result.
Your mother was right. Simple slouching over a long enough period can lead to permanent disability!
It’s Up to YOU to Correct Muscle Imbalances
If you have chronic or even occasional pelvic pain, rule out disease causes. Then make it a point not only to use correct posture but take corrective action to reverse hip-related muscle imbalances.
It’s never too early to get started. Correcting muscle imbalances in your 30s or 40s can be infinitely easier than in your 60s or 70s when structural changes may have become permanent, or you simply don’t have the same strength you once did.
That said, we know for a fact you can have a diagnosis yet if you work toward having your body more neutral, more balanced and more stable you can have much less or no pain at all… and you can tolerate today. Even if you have been dealing with chronic pelvis pain for decades, you can still make an improvement in your life.
That’s the goal, right? End the pain. Or at least reduce it to bearable levels so you can get back to truly living your life. That’s what our Lose the Back Pain® System is all about.
It’s a simple system that literally walks you step-by-step through identifying your own personal muscle imbalances. Then gives you explicit strengthening exercises and stretches designed to eliminate the muscle imbalances you’ve identified.
It also includes over a dozen strategies for naturally managing the pain – safely and effectively – while you work on the muscle imbalances causing your pain.
Now look. I just said a 4-letter word, but it’s important. W-O-R-K.
The idea that someone else can “fix” your back pain is a sham. Muscular strength is the only thing no one can give somebody. It requires the individual – YOU – to do the work to get stronger.
If you’ll follow the simple steps outlined in the Lose the Back Pain® System for ending your chronic pelvis pain, back pain, neck pain and even sciatica, you will notice an improvement. After helping over 65,000 people do so, I can guarantee it.
And if you ever get stuck, you have free personal one-on-one support. We’ll even work directly with your doctors if needed.
My promise to you is you can beat the #1 undiagnosed cause of chronic pelvis pain. If you’re willing to do the work.
Chronic pelvic pain in women. Mayo Clinic. 2013 May 18.