Women have certain conditions that are not often diagnosed because they are more common in men than women. For example, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is often is often more serious in women than men and this isn't recognized leaving women in chronic pain. Sleep apnea puts women at great risk for complications more than men and this goes unrecognized. There is another condition that develops in a unique way that physicians don't even look for it.
This condition is known as hidden abdominal hernias. Again, hernias are more common in men so they are rarely looked for in women. Recall that a hernia is a bulge found inside the body that pokes through surrounding tissues. This is difficult to diagnose in women the because the hernia is hidden deep inside making it hard to find. If you can imagine, it can take years to find and all the while the patient is in great pain.
Abdominal hernias can be caused by many things but more often it is due to pregnancies which weaken the abdominal wall. Obviously, men don't have this problem. A hernia can be mended with surgery by putting the bulge back into place. Sometimes the doctor reinforces the area with mesh. In women, hernias develop differently in that it is rarely visible from the outside. The main symptom is abdominal pain. Surprising, imaging systems don't tend to pick of the bulge simply because the hernia is smaller and surrounded with fat. This is very different from male hernias. Generally, women experience pain as the main symptom and there could be many reason for pelvic pain. This calls for a series of tests to find out what the problem is.
In order for women to get a correct diagnosis, they need to consider what kind of pain they feel. This is critical. You need to talk to your doctor and describe it well. What you're looking for is sharp and lightning shots of pain around groin, back, hip or possibly flank area. The pain may get worse if you have a full bladder, lifting things or when standing for long periods of time. Your pain should feel deep within the body unlike men who feel pain at the surface. Also consider finding a doctor who specializes in female pelvic pain. They're experts in this but other doctors are not.
So, if you have chronic pelvic pain due to a hernia and it is diagnosed early, your condition can be corrected quickly with minor surgery. The key is getting to the right doctor and running a series of tests.