Everyone knows that muscle cramp is painful, but imagine what a muscle cramp on the inside of your hip bones might feel like.
Many people with pelvic pain describe a sudden pain that can come on at any time, sometimes wakes them at night, makes them want to curl up in a ball, may go down into the legs and isn’t helped much by normal pain medications. They may have trouble walking when they have the pain and core-strength exercise often makes it worse. Other people describe a sudden stabbing pain up the vagina or bowel, or into the back.
While many girls, women and men have daily pelvic pain – it is when these muscles cramp that pain becomes much more severe and they may attend the emergency department of a hospital, anxious that this pain must be a danger to their health.
People with this type of pain often find getting the help they need very frustrating. Nothing shows at a laparoscopy, or on an ultrasound scan, and often no diagnosis is made when they do present for help – but they are exactly right. It’s bad pain.