Chronic pelvic pain patients are a tough bunch. We have to be. We’ve endured pain, frustration and loss in just about every area of our lives, from jobs to relationships. We’ve spent endless hours waiting in countless doctor’s offices for an uncertain diagnosis of an obscure condition that we don’t want to have and doctors don’t want to treat.
If you are a doctor who deals with chronic pelvic pain, believe your patients. We are suffering. Nobody seeks a diagnosis like this. It is an invisible illness which is humiliating to explain, and horrendous to live with. It takes a toll physically, mentally and emotionally. And, not only is there no cure, but available treatments are often ineffective and can even cause more suffering.
Help us if new treatment options become available, and if those don’t work, help us with ways of managing the pain. Sometimes that’s the best we can do.