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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, 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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, My pain on April 23, 2013
Closure really is something. Feeling like a niggling concern is finally put to rest can be so satisfying, it brings me such calm. Slowly, my pelvic chronic pain niggles are finding their place and providing me with the peace my body and mind needs so I can let go, move on and most of all feel my injury is clearly understood.
I had another session with the wonderful Raffaele who continues to treat me fortnightly. I was ready to call the next nerve block last week but after yesterday I’m hopeful again and thinking I was in some kind of a flare. I can’t expect (but I will!) that with my effective management flare ups will cease to happen. As I test my capacity and lift my full litres of milk occasionally, walk the dog and go out more often, I’ve got to expect at some point the body is going to say, ‘hang on love, you’re lifting too much milk!’
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, Who can help on March 15, 2013
I struggle hearing about people’s pain since my own experience with it. In trying to do my bit to help, I’ve found the world of pain provides endless gifts of empathy, understanding, love and compassion. And the gifts don’t stop there, they keep moving, evolving, they are passed on… around and around…
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Another year gone by since the pop! Now I know what practitioners mean about peeling onion layers. My onion layers have gone something like this:
Removal of pelvic thickened ligament Peripheral stimulation device implant Diagnosis Nerve blocks Medication … Could it be my Traditional Chinese Medicine?
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, Pudendal Neuralgia on February 25, 2013
Well it’s hardly a birthday celebration! But certainly a time to reflect and assess myself and the achievements of PudendalNerve.com.au. The total visits in 12 months total an astounding 21,500 and the search terms are a clear indication that still, so little is understood of Pudendal Neuralgia worldwide.
The first note must be of thanks and of course, has to go to my husband Theo. Without Theo’s daily help this site simply wouldn’t be up and running…. neither would I!
Second note worthy thank you, and certainly something that can be celebrated, has to be the beautiful connections I’ve made in the past year. I’ve met the most inspiring, energising, kind, compassionate people, whether practitioners, therapists, chronic pain sufferers, or people attached to the pain system, you have been my encouragement and empathy. Your pain and/or knowledge inspire me to continue and get to the bottom of this dreaded pain issue (in the hope of resolving it not only for me but for all of us!), and/or try to voice my improvements for an ignorant WorkCover system.
As far as my personal 1st year status goes, I definitely have ‘progress’ to celebrate; I’m running on Nerve block no. 3, refreshing my pelvis as required with a newly installed bidet, taking minimal amounts of Endep, in much less pain but still much limited with capacity and in need of daily help. Although I still need regular massage, I’m able to work a little from an accommodating home setup, thinking a lot more, delegating-delegating-delegating and finally, but not least, have taken a plunge into the wonderful world of Chinese Medicine which I believe may finally be able to reach my pain. Stay tuned for another update on that soon.
(image) Nerve Block Cake & Candle
To sum up, here are some stats that may be of interest to my subscribers and visitors (and my very loyal spies!).
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 [...]
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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.