Abdominal Cramping - Pelvic Pain in Males
Written by Glenn Rosenberg
Saturday, 03 October 2009
Pelvic pain refers to any pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen.
What is going on in the body?
Pelvic pain in males is often related to the intestines or urinary tract. Psychological factors can make the pain seem worse, or even cause a sensation of pain where no physical problem exists.
Pelvic pain can range from mild discomfort or cramping, to severe, intense pain. This pain may be acute, when it occurs suddenly, or chronic, when the pain lasts for a long period of time.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
Pelvic pain in males has many causes, including:
- pelvic adhesions, which are fibrous bands that hold together parts that are usually separate
- sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea or chlamydia
- peritonititis, an inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity, usually caused by an infection
- urinary tract infection
- prostate infection, such as acute prostatitis
- infection of the urethra
- hernia, a bulging of internal organs or tissues through an abnormal opening in the muscle wall
- testicular torsion, or twisting of the testicles
- epididymitis, or inflammation of the tubes that drain the testicles
- colon cancer
- diverticulosis, in which small sacs form in the walls of the intestines
- irritable bowel syndrome, a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract
- gastroenteritis, an infection in the digestive tract
- kidney stone
- abscess, or pus pocket
- appendicitis, or inflammation of the appendix
- muscular skeletal disorders, such as a shifting of the pelvic bones
- psychological factors like stress
Other causes are also possible. In some cases, the cause is never found.