For years I have suffered from pelvic pain. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) in 2005 after an ultrasound showed dime-sized cysts on my ovaries. So of course any time I had pain in that region, I always blamed it on the PCOS. That was until about a year ago when I started having stabbing pains, and finally decided to go see a doctor about it.
After another round of testing, I was informed that they couldn’t find anything wrong and no large cysts were found. My doctor then said the next plausible option was for me to go to a gastrointestinal doctor, because it could possibly be something intestinal pressing on my ovaries. Might I add that when the new ultrasound was done, they couldn’t find my left ovary. Yeah, I know, and no one seemed concerned about that. I guess the only reason it concerned me is due to the fact that I had an ovarian cyst burst in September 2015 that sent me to the hospital.
With all that being said, I recently came across some articles that talked about the relatedness between fibromyalgia and pelvic pain. I use the term pelvic pain loosely, because the term pelvic pain is used to cover all regions in the pelvis area as well as the lower abdomen. Another aspect related to this pain is the bladder. Fibro sufferers have also reported bouts of urinary incontinence, frequent urination (even if you just went), and possibly burning during urination. I was actually kind of glad that I found this information, because it seems like as time has gone on I always feel the need to pee even if I literally just went. Sometimes I feel like I go more than an old lady on a diuretic. Anyhow…moving on….
I came across an article that summarized an actual scientific study from Oregon Health and Science University that published a study in August 2015. For some, this date may seem like a long time ago, but for those who know science like I do, 2015 is considered really recent in the realm of scientific studies. Out of all the subjects surveyed in the study, 93% of the fibromyalgia patients reported to suffer from some kind of urinary and/or pelvic pain either intermittently or almost consistently.
From what I discovered, the possible source of this pain is due to the tightening of the muscles in the pelvic region. Just like muscles in your back, they hurt when overly tensed or constricted. Keeping on this mind set, the only way I saw to help alleviate the pain is through physical therapy, or exercises specifically designed for the intent purpose of loosening muscles around the pelvis.
I am glad to see that researchers are taking these symptoms seriously, and I truly hope that more studies are to follow in the field of fibromyalgia. I truly hope this helped answer some questions for at least one of you. Below are some links to websites that list out exercises designed to help strengthen the muscles in the pelvic region. I tried to find ones with pictures, because if you’re like me, I learn better when I’m able to see what it is I’m supposed to be doing.
Until next time my fibro warriors………..keep on fighting………
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