06 Jul Anonymous Musings: July 6th, 2017
Symptoms of Chronic Pelvic Pain [CPP]
A symptom is the patient’s subjective perception of disease or disturbance in the body. Pain is always subjective, since only the person experiencing it can describe it. In order to effectively treat and relieve pelvic pain and dysfunction, the root cause of the person’s symptoms first have to be found and an accurate diagnosis established.
In sufferers of Chronic Pelvic Pain, this is absolutely crucial as often sufferers go from doctor to doctor and specialist to specialist without improvement, often feeling alone, helpless, and abandoned when help or a remedy is not forthcoming.
A list of the main symptoms of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome include:-
- Anal, bladder and abdominal pain,
- Discomfort and pain during bowel movements
- Sense of incomplete evacuation/voiding of bowel movement
- Restriction and or inability to pass wind
- Pain when sitting
- Tailbone, backside and lower back pain
- Pressure and throbbing in the pelvis, rectum and genitals
- Hip pain
- Genital pain
- Perineal [crotch] pain
- Pain during and after sexual intercourse and orgasm
- Urinary urgency and frequency
- Pain during urination and reduced urinary stream
- Groin pain – both sides
- Pubic bone pain
- Coccyx bone pain
- Burning sensations in the rectum and genitals
- Inability to sustain physical activity or sitting for long periods of time
- Disruption to sleep and sleeping patterns
- Fatigue, mood swings, appetite changes and slow weight gain over time
- Behavioral and emotional changes
- Social withdrawal
- Sex withdrawal, loss of libido and intimacy issues
- Loss of self esteem
- Anxiety, and
A sufferer is likely to feel or experience a combination of all of these symptoms during their Chronic Pelvic Pain journey. An awful characteristic of the affliction is that the pain and dysfunction is felt and experienced every day. Left untreated there s no meaningful relief from the ongoing torment. It becomes the most important thing in the sufferer’s life, it becomes overwhelming, and dark thoughts inevitably permeate to a feeling of helplessness, defeat, anger, frustration, and even suicidal tendencies.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that 4 out of 10 Chronic Pelvic Pain sufferers have thought of suicide as a means to ending their suffering – heaven knows the actual suicide rate since those sorts of statistics have simply not been kept.
This story details the life journey of one individual and is not intended to be a substitute for competent medical advice and or professional treatment.
Some of the medical information contained in this story is not the original work of the author. As best as possible, original sources and web sites have been credited and referenced.
Other than the personal account, this story has been adapted from information which is freely available to the general public.