Chronic Pelvic Pain
What Is Pelvic Pain?
Chronic pelvic pain is a common complaint among women affecting 1 in 6. It can arise from your digestive, reproductive or urinary system. It can also arise from muscles and ligaments in the structures of the pelvic floor.
Pelvic pain might be caused by irritation of nerves in the pelvis, sometimes there is no evidence of disease, but that does not mean that you are not in pain. Often persistent pelvic pain can result from more than one condition. The intensity of your pain and its effect on you may fluctuate.
Quality of Life
From my clinical experience I am aware that chronic pelvic pain is linked to a reduction in quality of life, often because of anxiety, depression, disturbed sleep, experiencing feelings of low self -worth, reduced mobility, limited sexual relationships and difficulties at work.
Women with chronic pelvic pain often experience high levels of distress and disruption to their lives. When their pain is severe, they may find that they have to stop all activities; often finding they are unable to stand, walk or sit for any length of time because of their pain.
Activities that we take for granted are often difficult, often resulting in asking for help with housework, childcare and shopping, leading to feelings of guilt and worthlessness.
Some women who are able to continue working, often find the workplace difficult and have pain related absences from work; some have to give up their job leading to a loss of identity and financial hardship.
People with pain often report feeling irritable with others which can impact on their various relationships. They experience frustration, fear, anger and resentment.
Why see a psychologist?
Psychologists work with people to reduce their distress and enhance their wellbeing. They work with people with a wide range of physical health problems to cope with the emotional consequences of these difficulties, and to improve their quality of life. The fact that a psychologist is often recommended, does not mean that we think that the pain is not real or that it is “in your head”. Pain is complex and can affect people in lots of different ways, not just physically.
Let’s work together and I can help you manage your pain and regain control of your life
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