Many "random" pains are treated with medication in hopes that it will eventually heal. Unfortunately, people with pudendal neuralgia can suffer for months before an accurate diagnosis is made.
Nerves are responsible for transmitting information between different parts of the body and the brain. When the nerve receptors become aggravated or damaged, it can result in pain and restricted movement. Pudendal neuralgia results when the pudendal nerve becomes inflamed. It has a tendency to be very painful which often causes people to seek out medical attention. Because pelvic pain can be caused by a variety of ailments, diagnosis can be rather delayed.
Anything that could cause damage or pressure to the nerve area in the pelvic region can result in pudendal neuralgia. This leads to a fairly long list of possible causes but some of the common sources of sensitivity are:
Any condition which causes nerve problems can result in a wide range of symptoms varying in severity from simply being uncomfortable to being in a great deal of pain. Individuals with pudendal neuralgia can experience any of the following primary symptoms:
Pudendal neuralgia is normally diagnosed after other possible conditions have been ruled out. The symptoms are often seen in a number of other conditions and diseases such as prostatodynia, pelvic congestion, interstitial cystitis, and anorectal neuralgia. Once other possibilities have been ruled out, your doctor will run tests in order to determine whether you are suffering from nerve entrapment or from a tension/compression problem. Treatment options will vary depending on whether you are experiencing a true nerve entrapment situation or if you have skeletal/muscular abnormalities. Treatment includes surgical decompression, physical therapy, and pudendal nerve blocks.
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