Pelvic Pain Specialist

Nancy Thornton, MD -  - Gynecologist

Nancy Thornton, MD

Gynecologist located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

There are numerous possible causes for pelvic pain, many of which arise from the reproductive organs or urinary system. Nancy L. Thornton, MD, FACOG, is a highly skilled Gynecologist with 30 years’ experience in diagnosing and treating pelvic pain. If you’ve been suffering from pain in your lower abdomen or pelvic region, visit Dr. Thornton at her practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment solutions. Call the office today or book an appointment online.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

What is pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain is felt in the lower abdomen and pelvis and is an umbrella term for the symptoms of pain and discomfort felt in this part of your body, rather than being a diagnosis. There’s a variety of different kinds of pain you may feel, depending on the root cause of the problem. The pain could be:

  • Sharp or stabbing
  • Dull or throbbing
  • Constantly present
  • Frequent or infrequent (come and go)
  • Only present at specific times

The pain could be mild to severe and may come on suddenly or be present for extended periods of time. Regardless, pelvic pain isn’t normal and should prompt a visit to Dr. Thornton for an examination.

What causes pelvic pain?

There are many possible causes of pelvic pain, some of which could be related to musculoskeletal conditions or digestive problems. Gynecological and related causes include:

  • Adenomyosis
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Endometriosis
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Mittelschmerz
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vulvodynia

Pregnant women may also experience pelvic pain, which may be due to miscarriage or death of the fetus.

How is pelvic pain diagnosed and treated?

At your appointment, Dr. Thornton listens to you describe how you feel and any other symptoms you’re experiencing and studies your medical history to get a clear picture of what could be causing your pelvic pain. She’ll examine you to see precisely where you’re feeling the pain and whether there are any visible signs of a specific medical condition.

Dr. Thornton may need to order further tests, such as:

  • Blood tests
  • Colposcopy
  • Ultrasound
  • Cystoscopy
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Sonohysterography

The tests Dr. Thornton orders depend on the suspected cause of your pain and she’ll discuss the most likely causes with you.

Treatment of pelvic pain depends on the diagnosis Dr. Thornton makes, so she’ll go over the appropriate options with you once your diagnosis is confirmed.

For relief from the discomfort of pelvic pain, call to make an appointment to see Dr. Nancy L. Thornton or use the online booking form.