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A new fight to fight...Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Posted Aug 25 2008 6:28pm

So, as I mentioned in my first post, I went to see a urologist that specializes in IC this morning. I went out a little less of an IC patient and a lot more of a pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) patient. To be honest, I have mixed feelings about it as I've been working on this IC thing for a year and a half now, but I'm also calmed by the fact that it explains some of my symptoms that have been ignored until now.



Next steps:

Visit with a nurse practitioner to coordinate PFD care, review other options, etc. (tomorrow)

Start physical therapy for PFD (when my turn on the waiting list comes up)

Research the heck out of this (now until forever)



The PFD diagnosis also begs the question--is this connected with my PCOS/IR? I have a feeling that it is at least in one way. The Body Chronic moves very subtly, but if you look closely you can find the path it took. Sometimes you run into a chicken and egg problem, though and I fear that's where this will lead me.



So with that cat officially out of the bag, I feel as if I can actually focus on the PCOS/IR more than if IC were the main cause of my pain (note: IC may still be a diagnosis for me, but the PFD appears to be primary, the treatment of which could lead to much alleviated IC symptoms). I don't know why I feel somehow that I had to tackle one or the other if it were IC and PCOS/IR but with the PFD and PCOS/IR I can tackle the problem more holistically. Maybe that's something to explore in and of itself.



For now, here are some helpful PFD links that I have found thus far:

Transcript of a presentation by Dr. Moldwin from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine about PFD

IC and PFD from the Interstitial Cystitis Association

A very techinical analysis of PFD from Raul Ordorica, MD

A more narrative description from IC Advice

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