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Update on left sided pain and pelvic irritation Update on left sided pain and pelvic irritation

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Unread 12-11-2003, 09:47 AM
Update on left sided pain and pelvic irritation

That is the same pains that I am having! I can only sit for about 15 min and I start hurting the only time it doesn't hurt is when I am lying down flat. It feels like something pressing on the tops of my leg where it meets my pelvis on the left side. I had a bladder infection last week and I have finished all my antibiotics and it has cleared up. I went back to my uro yesterday and she said that she couldn't find anything wrong in her dept,that I should see my gyn about it. I saw her last week and she did a pelvic exam and an ultrasound and couldn't find anything. I also have severe back pain and if I stand too long or or walk around [-like shopping]I get really weak feeling. I am so tired all the time. I want to feel good again!!! I don't know where to go next. I am losing my ins benefits at the end of the month,too. I was put on temporary lay-off at work because I have been out so much. He told me to check back in feb if I am feeling better. In the meantime I won't have any ins though. Unless I can get back on the state ins again. I have several prescriptions waiting for me at the pharmacy right now that I can't afford the deductible on. So I just have to wait until I get some money from somewhere. My portion of the bill is about $135.00 for 3 prescriptions.I hope all of you get to feeling good soon!!
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Unread 12-11-2003, 10:18 AM
Update on left sided pain and pelvic irritation

I found this link about Levator Ani Syndrome. It doesn't say anything about abdominal pain though.
Unread 12-11-2003, 11:37 AM
Update on left sided pain and pelvic irritation

Dear Sisters...

Levator Ani Syndrome (as I understand from what I have read and what the PT has told me) is when the Levator Ani muscle(s), which make up part of the pelvic bowl of muscles, spasm or become very tight. It apparently can cause rectal and vaginal pain and pain in the butt area.

I have pain in the area of my obturator muscle which is also part of the pelvic bowl of muscles... it manifests as very low pelvic pain.

The PT told me that women with levator ani syndrome can also have pain with intercourse.

I am no expert on it but I know (from what the PT told me) that it is often overlooked and so I mention it especially when you have so many other things come up negative.

So...for the ladies who mentioned rectal pain and butt pain I just thought it would be worth looking into to see if it fit some of the symptoms.... and if it did it would be worth asking the doctor about it.... I know how hard it is to search for an answer and keep coming up empty Also, keep in mind (especially if you have had pain for a long periods of time) that there may be multiple components to the pain problem now. The Mayo docs I saw think my primary problem is still endo but the pain from that is wreaking havoc with the muscles around my pelvis and those muscles are causing pain now too... (It's some neuropathic referral process in the spinal column).

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Unread 12-11-2003, 01:38 PM
Update on left sided pain and pelvic irritation

Thanks so much for the info.I've found some info. on the web about the Levator Ani Syndrome.I've been studying over it and found it very interesting.I sure do have a lot of the symptoms.If nothing tells us anything with the colonoscopy I will sure bring this up to the Dr.There has to be an answer somewhere.I didn't mention that I've also been to a pelvic floor therapist.My uro-gynocologist sent me to her.The uro-gyn. diagnosed me with pelvic floor spasms.She said vaginal spasms but it has always felt more rectal to me.I was having these terribly during intercourse at the point of orgasm(not a good experience) but it feels more rectal.It doesn't happen as often now.Relaxation is my way of dealing with it when it does happen.The uro-gyn. said that the whole thing was most likely caused by surgery.She called it surgical trauma.She says she sees a lot of this after hysterectomy,or any kind of pelvic surgery.Thanks again.

Unread 12-11-2003, 05:59 PM
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Dear Jenny,

Best of luck to you finding an answer.

If you are seeing a pelvic floor PT, you could ask her about the Levator Ani Syndrome... The PT I saw who mentioned it is a women's health specialist...


Unread 12-11-2003, 07:32 PM
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I am no longer seeing the pelvic floor therapist. I had 5 or 6 visits with her this past summer. That is all my insurance would cover, but she was very helpful and very knowledgeable. In some ways the therapy helped and in other ways it seemed to aggravate the pain, but overall I don't regret going. I really did learn a lot. I hope you soon find relief to all your pain too.

Unread 12-11-2003, 07:40 PM
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Dear Jenny...

That is interesting... I have seen two PTs for pelvic pain recently. The first just made everything worse.... which I found out later could be because the internal pain she thought was myofascial may actually be endometriosis (at least that is what the Mayo doc thinks)... so she was essentially massaging endo... eek

The second one has actually been helpful... she is staying away from the worst areas and focusing more on the obturator attachment... she works on it with massage, antiinflammatory gel and ultrasound and e-stim with the same thing. Her thought was that the tight obturator (which could be a side affect of the endo - who knows) caused tendonitis in the attachment... It has been helpful at reducing some of the pain in that area.

Best of luck!

Unread 12-13-2003, 06:36 AM
Update on left sided pain and pelvic irritation

WOW! I have been off the computer for a few days so I was shocked to find so many of us sharing the same symptoms. Let me tell you what happened at my last PT visit. He does electrical acupuncture stimulation. I told him once again exactly where the pain originates from (on the left side where the groin meets the leg). I asked him to feel my groin on both sides because the left side has a little lump or mound that kind of rolls around when you feel it, it is subtle so I wasn't sure he would feel it) He took the probe and found the trigger point in the groin and then took the other probe and put in on my big toe on the left side (which is the pelvic trigger point- that point burns really bad when he puts the probe there). The object was to connect the electrical flow between both points. It was the "RIGHT" place. While he was doing it I felt the pain that one of you talked about in the buttocks just to the left of my anus. I told him this. He also worked on some points that are supposed to clear up hemorroids. Does anyone else have them? I have had them since my first pregnancy 28 years ago. I feel like there is a lump on the left side of my anus on the inside and when I sit down that is where it all gets aggitated. Yesterday I was up all day working getting ready for Christmas and I hardly had any irritation. I did have the left sided pain as the day went on. I have been keeping that settled down with the Xanax obviously because it keeps my muscles relaxed. Maybe we are all tight "butts" LOL. Anyon else have type A personality? But honestly I do feel sometimes that my rectum is really tight. I will read the site that was referenced earlier. Good luck to everyone and let's all try to have a great holiday and not get too stressed out.
Unread 12-13-2003, 10:08 AM
Update on left sided pain and pelvic irritation

Hi Kelou,
That's so interesting what happened at your PT visit.Sounds like we are all experiencing the same kind of pain.It will be interesting to see how we all get diagnosed (if we ever do ).I don't know about you all but I am not giving up. I've got to get back some quality life.I honestly would rather deal with the heavy periods and ov pain than this ! I hate complaining but I need a break ! And yes I have the hemorroids too.Arn't they fun? I'm kidding of course. Well thanks for letting me vent. Did you mention stress? Me ...are you kidding ? :hair: All of you have a great holiday!
Unread 12-13-2003, 12:17 PM
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Hi everyone,

I just wanted to say that I saw my pcp this week and he prescribed an anti inflammatory, in the meantime I have an appt with a neurologist in Jan. THe pain is unbearable at times.

I am still having bladder spasms, and my bladder feels like its being pulled. Had an ultrasound last week and it was fine. Will this ever end? I hope we can find out what this pain is we all share, could it still be healing?

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