If you’ve been experiencing excruciating pain in your lower abdomen, especially when standing, then you may be suffering from a condition known as pelvic congestion syndrome, or PCS. The condition is controversial among some in the medical field because it can be tricky to diagnose, but the symptoms can vary from a long-standing dull pain to sharp pain in the abdomen and has been described as similar to having varicose veins in your legs, but in your pelvis. If you’ve been experiencing unexplainable pain in your abdomen, find out why medical experts are recommending why you should be examined for pelvic congestion syndrome.
What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?
PCS is caused by varicose veins that develop around the ovaries and cause potentially debilitating pain. This pain comes because blood has accumulated in the veins, causing them to dilate and produce pressure. The pain can be anywhere from a dull ache to sharp throbbing and is often accompanied by pain in the lower back or legs. It also commonly develops during or after pregnancy and may be accompanied by fatigue, mood swings, headaches, and abdominal bloating.
How is It Diagnosed?
Pelvic congestion syndrome is diagnosed by an ultrasound or a laparoscopy.
How Can I Treat PCS?
There are multiple methods being used to treat pelvic congestion syndrome, ranging from over-the-counter drugs to embolization of the vein or sclerotherapy. It is important that you consult with a doctor to find the method that benefits you the most.
Embolization of a Vein and/or Sclerotherapy
Embolization of a vein is a process in which a specialist inserts a thin catheter into the varicose vein and fills them to block blood flow. Sclerotherapy is the process by which a solution is injected into a vein to obliterate it.