Nerve Pain

Nerve Pain
Chronic pelvic nerve pain is a challenging condition that can negatively impact your daily life. Getting to the bottom of nerve pain requires a skilled approach and the experience to connect symptoms that may seem random. Dr. Maurice Chung is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat chronic pelvic nerve pain, getting you back on your feet and back to your daily routines. Schedule an appointment with Alliance for Women’s Health in Lima, Ohio, to begin a path toward relief from chronic pelvic nerve pain.

Nerve Pain Q & A

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What is pelvic nerve pain?

Pelvic nerve pain is a type of neuropathic pain that occurs in the pelvic region. It can be intermittent or steady. Some people find that their discomfort levels change according to their activities.

Pelvic nerve pain has a variety of symptoms. Often, it’s marked by pain that:  

  • Begins in the lower abdomen and extends to the sexual organs
  • Radiates to the lower back or abdomen
  • Worsens when sitting and improves when standing
  • Occurs in the perineum area
  • Comes on during sex, urination, or bowel movements

What is pudendal neuralgia?

Your pudendal nerve runs through your pelvic region, including your urethra, genitals, anus, and perineum. Pudendal neuralgia is a rare condition in which your pudendal nerve is compressed or otherwise compromised.

Symptoms of pudendal neuralgia include:

  • Pelvic pain that is burning, stabbing, or aching
  • Sensations of numbness or unusual temperatures in the pelvic region
  • Pain that worsens when sitting and improves when standing or walking
  • Presence of a lump or bulge in the vaginal or anal area
  • Changes in urinary function, including painful urination
  • Constipation or painful bowel movements

Pudendal neuralgia is often called cyclist’s syndrome, Alcock’s syndrome, or pudendal nerve entrapment. It is known as a “rule out” condition because reaching a diagnosis involves ruling out multiple other conditions that could be the source of your pain.

What are the treatment options for pudendal neuralgia?

Once Dr. Chung rules out other possible conditions, he develops an individualized treatment plan for each patient in his care. Treatment options depend on your overall health, medical history, and the type and severity of your symptoms.

Treatment options include:

  • Pudendal nerve blocks: to immediately relieve nerve pain
  • Trigger point injections: to relax muscle contractions impacting your pudendal nerve
  • BotoxⓇ injections: to paralyze nearby muscle tissue, reducing pressure on your pudendal nerve
  • Superior hypogastric plexus blocks or ganglion of impar blocks: to decrease pain
  • Radiofrequency ablation: uses radio waves to impede transmission of pain signals
  • Cryoablation: uses cold temperatures to impede transmission of pain signals
  • Spinal cord stimulation: uses electrodes to deliver minute electrical current to block pain signals

As with all aspects of gynecological or urological care, Dr. Chung takes the time to diagnose your condition accurately and craft a customized treatment approach. His holistic treatment approach looks at your reproductive and urinary function as an interconnected system, not as discrete physiological parts.

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