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Pelvic Pain



Treating pelvic pain usually takes a "multimodal" approach to treatment. In other words, you'll probably have to do a few things at once to help gain control of your pain. But, of course, it begins with your education and knowledge level. You've got to take the time to learn about YOUR anatomy and the many things that can contribute to pelvic pain. It would be a potential waste of time, for example, if you tried to treat muscle tension with a bladder therapy and vice versa. You've got to do some groundwork to really figure this out. Some pelvic pain. particularly pain coming from pelvic floor dysfunction and muscle tension, is treatable with physical therapy and even daily relaxation therapy from audiotapes. Medication isn't always the right answer! We feel that these resources can help. - Jill O.

Interstitial Cystitis / Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS) is complex. While some patients have visible lesions on their bladder wall, others may have a completely normal bladder. Some struggle with pain, while others have just frequency or urgency. Why? Because structures beyond the bladder are often underlying cause of bladder symptoms. Today, clinicians perform a much more comprehensive diagnostic workup to study not only the bladder, but the pelvic floor muscles and more. Learn more about IC on our health education website - Interstitial Cystitis Network

Recommended Reading

IC 101: It's Not Just A Bladder Disease will help you understand the new subtypes for IC/BPS, as well as diagnosis, treatments, flare management, diet, pain care and much more!

Breaking Through Chronic Pelvic Pain is an excellent resource for patients who have muscle, bone and nerve dysfunction. If your symptoms began after a trauma or injury, even in childhood, this book will help you understand how that injury could be contributing to your bladder symptoms. 

When It Hurts Down There is a simple, easy book for patients looking for simple self-help tips to reduce their pelvic pain. 

Heat and Cold Therapy

Heat and/or cold therapy can be vital during flares. For some patients, heat feels the most comfortable because it can help to relax muscles. But, when nerves are more sensitive, an ice pack feels the most comfortable. 

 
Pain Relief

Some OTC supplements and/or topical products may also help reduce pain and discomfort. Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) has been found to reduce both IC, sciatica pain in several research studies. 

 

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