Chronic pelvic pain stems from a range of conditions, alone or in combination, and can make your life difficult because of the ongoing and sometimes unknown reasons behind pain that lasts for six months or longer. A common result of the various causes behind pelvic pain is muscle spasms and cramps. Because of this, help for chronic pelvic pain comes from an unexpected source. Botox® is not only a cosmetic treatment. Originally developed to treat issues with eye muscles, it’s become an effective treatment for pelvic pain caused by contracted muscles.
Reasons for pelvic pain
Often, even the site of pelvic pain is difficult to define. You may feel a general sense of discomfort or pain in your lower abdomen without a focal point for these sensations. The experience can range from dull ache to sharp pain, or it may feel like pressure originating deep within you. Sensations can be constant or intermittent. It may also manifest as painful intercourse or urination.
Though sometimes a single cause may be the culprit, many women have a combination of disorders causing pelvic pain. Some of the more common contributors include:
- Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease: scarring that results from long-term infections
- Endometriosis: uterine wall tissue growing outside the uterus, throughout your pelvis
- Uterine fibroids: non-cancerous growths within uterine walls
- Irritable bowel syndrome: the bloating, constipation, and diarrhea from IBS can contribute to pelvic pain
- Musculoskeletal issues: disorders of the bones, muscles, joints, and connective tissue in the pelvis
- Ovarian remnants: tissue remaining in the body after hysterectomy
- Painful bladder syndrome: pain originating with the bladder
- Pelvic congestion syndrome: varicose veins in your bladder, which may contribute to pelvic pain
How Botox works
Derived from the same toxin that causes botulism, Botox is perhaps best known for its use in relaxing the muscles that cause worry lines and crow’s feet. However, it was originally used to stop irregular muscle movements around the eyes, which would interfere with patients’ vision.
The botulinum toxin is a paralytic neurotoxin. When purified and enormously diluted, it can influence muscle tissue to relax around the site of its injection. When other treatment methods for chronic pelvic pain don’t produce adequate results, a series of Botox injections may provide relief.
Regardless of the cause of the muscle contractions causing your pelvic pain, these muscles return to a relaxed state after Botox injection. With this relaxation, any pelvic pain resulting from contraction should be eased. Although this doesn’t cure the underlying reasons for your pain, it does offer extended relief when it’s effective.
Though the use of Botox for pelvic pain is promising, a range of treatments may work for you. Contact Dr. Farnam and the team at Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center to learn more about your options. Call the office directly or use the Request Appointment button on the website. It’s time to break free from chronic pelvic pain.