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, My pain on June 10, 2013
I was walking to my studio from where I had a clear view to the sky through our balcony doors when the largest strike and thunder occured that honestly seemed like it had come through the doors and landed on our kitchen bench a few centimetres away from me. I flinched, sort of ducked in some auto response and next thing I knew I was on my knees and had fallen to the ground. My legs were so weak Theo had to lift me off the floor and we made it to the couch where I chilled, a little terrified for a while. At that point I couldn’t piece together what had happened, even now I’m not sure it was all so quick, but the fact remains, I landed somehow on my knees with the back of my legs feeling like jelly unable to stand me up.
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, Pudendal Neuralgia on June 10, 2013
I’ve lived here in Delaware since December 2011 and have not had a block since. I already had 6 Pudendal Nerve blocks and this after so many other procedures:
5 Ganglion Blocks, 6 Caudal Blocks, 2 Botox injections, 2 Radio Frequency Ablations, 2 Neurostimulator Trials, an Interstim Impant, and then the 6 Pudendal Nerve blocks.
Endless research and finally putting the right two words together on Google, opened up the world of Pudendal Neuralgia (Neuropathy) to us. That was near the end of December 2010. On the day after New Years and in response to two letters I sent to two Dr’s names I had found, I got calls from both Dr’s the same day.
Before I get into PN versus PNE, I want to first give you a brief explanation of the physiology of the pudendal nerve and the diagnosis of PN.
The pudendal nerve is a large nerve that arises from the S2, S3, and S4 nerve roots in the sacrum, and divides into three branches—the inferior rectal nerve, the perineal branch, and the dorsal clitoral/penile branch. The nerve travels a tortuous course through the pelvis to innervate:
• the majority of the pelvic floor muscles,
• the perineum,
• the perianal area,
• the distal third of the urethra
• part of the anal canal
• the skin of the vulva, the clitoris, portions of the labia in women,
• and the penis and scrotum in men.
The pudendal nerve travels a torturous course through the pelvis.
Patients with PN can have tingling, stabbing, and/or shooting pain anywhere in the territory of the nerve. Symptoms include vulvar or penile pain, perineal pain, anal pain, clitoral pain, and pain at the ischial tuberosities as well as pain with bowel movements, urination, and orgasm.
The kindness of the pain world just keeps on delivering… The time and effort specialists take to email and share their resources and offer advice for pelvic pain / Pundendal Neuralgia (PN) is astounding and something that moves me so much. Having the website setup to be able to pass the information on is the ultimate. The chronic pain world is hellish, but like many of life’s screaming contrasts, for all the hellish qualities of pain comes a community that offers warmth, understanding, support, sacrifice, and the utmost kindness.
I can go on but my point is, I’ve found another brilliant pain centre and I want to share it. Quickly. Are you in the Netherlands? I believe you’re a phone call away from changing your pain situation (and participating in a ping pong game after your appointment!).
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, My pain
, Work & The System on May 9, 2013
We don’t usually love media, but a little attention after some lengthy hibernation from work was bound to be very valuable for our (Theo’s and my) 12 or so year old business, Origin of Image. The lovely Sunday Style (Herald Sun) offered an interview in their ‘My_Space’ feature… hmmm, quite funny for us as there’s nothing ‘my’ about ‘our’ life. We share work, living, we even share Pudendal Neuralgia (PN).
However this media attention and the snap of me in Sunday’s weekend paper had me staring at my portrait (thank you Marija Ivkovic) with curiousity at that captured second of my able life. I looked incredibly independent, active, like I was working full-time and like the issue I confessed to was clearly easy to live with.
We are all judged on our facade… and although it was stated in the article that I have PN, I often wonder: can it (or any other invisible issue) ever be understood by my friends, family or community at a glance? The answer is obviously ‘no’. I myself battle to understand this conflicting issue with its high sensitivity, on/off maddening, screaming and confusing signals and failing functions, and that’s no surprise because even I can’t see it! Theo puts it well, “I can’t understand Pudendal Neuralgia but I believe Soula”.
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, Pudendal Neuralgia on April 15, 2013
An incredibly effective form of communication for Internal Cystitis (IC) and Pelvic Chronic Pain.
Certainly captures everything I’ve felt and everything I hope; release those chains! And how true that they are depicted with such weight. Absolutely loved this. Donna Massa-Chappee congratulations. Thank you for expressing this so clearly, for your understanding and for taking [...]
HOPE is probably our best online resource for PN, the forum in particular is full of great advice and information from practitioners and patients, around the world including of course, Australia/NZ.
HOPE is a charitable organization that offers support and information to patients who have pudendal neuropathy (PN), pudendal neuralgia (PN), or pudendal nerve entrapment [...]
(Excerpt from Dr. Aaron Filler’s website www.nervemed.com/about/dr-aaron-g-filler-md-phd)
Dr. Aaron G. Filler, MD PhD FRCS
Dr. Aaron Filler is the world’s leading expert in treatment of nerve pain. He has revolutionized nerve-pain treatment by inventing several new technologies. One such technology, MR Neurography, enables doctors to use an MRI scanner to examine nerves, previously a difficult-to-impossible [...]
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, Pudendal Neuralgia on February 6, 2013
Finally some accurate coverage and attention. WorkSafe, I hope you were listening, ignore Chronic Pelvic Pain no more!
Honestly, I cried listening to this on Wednesday. Nothing like empathy and understanding after years of pain and hunting for diagnosis and proper treatment. So for anyone who’s (understandably) thought ‘is so-and-so really in pain? I just [...]
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, Professional Resources on February 2, 2013
A dear friend (cyber) introduced me to Dr Nick Christelis. One of these days we’re going to meet, but in the meantime I’ll go ahead and include a post about this wonderful man and his associates.
My aim for this website is obviously to create awareness for Pudendal Neuralgia and any issue that relates to it. So far it’s been difficult and a very slow progress as far as getting practitioners/specialists to connect, listen and introduce themselves and share their learnings. Of course that does have a lot to do with these wonderful professionals being caught up in their work, but also their limited time to get stuck into social media. And this is what I’m loving about Dr Nick Christelis’s group, they’re using social media to meet and mingle, learn and spread word.
It gives me so much hope, not only for Pudendal Neuralgia but for other Chronic Pain disorders. If practitioners are able to connect to each other, listen to their patients and then share what they’ve learned, awareness and appropriate treatments will approach us much faster. Bring it all on!
Definitions of Pain is a must read for anyone who’s ever felt their descriptions of pain are not understood.