May is Pelvic Pain awareness month. It can’t be a coincidence that it’s also mental health awareness week because, as anyone who’s suffered from pelvic pain will know, it is debilitating – both physically and psychologically.A shocking 55% of those suffering from chronic pelvic pain will subsequently develop depression and given that one in three people will have pelvic pain at some point in their lives – that’s a lot of mental anguish and the psychological impact is huge.
I am thrilled to be releasing our new online course, “The Ultimate Guide to Pelvic Pain Recovery ” working again with leading expert in somatic experiencing practitioner Bevis Nathan to provide a holistic approach to pelvic pain management and alleviation.
The bottom line is that sadly Pelvic Pain is still often misdiagnosed and mistreated. Bevis and I want to help shed light on this issue and raise awareness of the often simple exercises that can help improve wellbeing and decrease the symptoms of pelvic pain.
It is a complex area, but pelvic pain is most commonly the result of a previous trauma, a fall or surgery, although it can also be triggered or referred from another area of the body from pelvicpain.org
Our course combines breathing exercises, stretching and calming down of the autonomic nervous system.
This course can be used by people suffering from pelvic pain but also by practitioners who want to give patients a simple but effective course to use at home either alongside physio treatments or while waiting to see a practitioner.
I now ask my patients to complete this course in addition to appointments – and it really helps!
Pelvic pain can be debilitating and affects life in many ways. But it's important to know you are not alone and things can get better. Many people who suffer from chronic pelvic pain end up with some of the following side-effects and these can prove truly debilitating…
* Unable to sit for long periods – ruling out work meetings, functions, travelling, dating and much of daily social life
* Experiencing sleep deprivation due to emptying a barely full bladder many times a night
* Avoiding intimate relationships because of the pain and anxiety/tension during or afterwards
Many people also become exhausted from putting on an ‘I’m okay’ mask every day, or of explaining a much misunderstood condition to those who assume it is psychological. So it’s not surprising that many people become trapped in a cycle of avoidance, exhaustion, pain, anxiety, tension and depression, when dealing with their pelvic pain can be a daily battle.
With staggeringly high rates of misdiagnosis (70-80%), it can be hard to find and receive the right kind of support, and it's easy to become confused by the conflicting advice and the often downbeat messages of internet forums.
But it doesn't need to be this way. .
Why is this happening to me?
This is the first question many pelvic pain sufferers ask themselves. Everyone’s body system is unique and needs to be recognized as such and it's critical to understand what the causes of your pain are but here are the most common causes:
Your body may have co-factored several of these issues in subtle ways over long periods of time and no one strategy, or tool, will suddenly make you better (something that the medical system sometimes fails to recognize).
So is there hope?
In short, 'Yes'. The internet is full of scare stories and forums which document despair rather than hope. It’s important to remember that people often visit the internet and share their stories at their lowest ebb but few people return to celebrate their success!
Here at Simply Pelvic Health we are about taking practical, patient steps to start improving things and helping to keep you positive.
Pelvic pain need not be chronic or irreversible.
Take one small step today…
Contact us and we will create an individual programme of recovery and maintenance to help you return to your optimal physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and sexual well-being.