Confused. Adhesions/pudendal neuralgia

I've been suffering with chronic pelvic pain for two years with no diagnosis.

I've had MRI's, X-rays and 2 laparascopys. During surgery they found bowel adhesions. Which would explain my seriously distended stomach. I look pregnant.

What it doesn't explain, for me, is the pelvic pain. It is very low down and after doing lots of research through this site I have found information on Pudendal nerve entrapment. I have all the symptoms of this and I've found a Doctor in the UK who knows his stuff.

I don't know whether to go through with paying to see him privately, as it may be the adhesions causing all my pain, but i'm not convinced. Especially as I've been told the scar tissue is high in the stomach on the right where my pain is left sided in my pelvis.

Could it be referred pain? I take gabapentin and it does help, i'm confident it's nerve pain.

I'm just wondering if anyone on this site has bowel adhesions and lower pelvic pain which worsens at period times?

I'm positive I haven't got endometriosis as the last laparascopy was performed by an endo specialist.

Just a bit lost again as the pain is still as bad as ever and I don't know where to go next

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  • Hi chetchie it was 3years before I was diagnosed with pudendal neuralgia dr sent me MRI scan 3 injections numerous pain killers and scans on my bladder bowels and I was at my wits end as nothing showed up then they sent me to painmanagement and the consultant told me what it was they tried with all types of meds and then I paid private to see mr wong at the spires in Bristol that was 3 years ago I am still I pain but not as bad as before op My consultant as put me on 250mg am 200 at 8pm and out of all meds I tried these are the most effective I hope you soon get some relief as the pain is horrendous kind regards

  • Can i ask how you were diagnosed??

  • Hi chetchie it was 3years before I was diagnosed with pudendal neuralgia dr sent me MRI scan 3 injections numerous pain killers and scans on my bladder bowels and I was at my wits end as nothing showed up then they sent me to painmanagement and the consultant told me what it was they tried with all types of meds and then I paid private to see mr wong at the spires in Bristol that was 3 years ago I am still I pain but not as bad as before op My consultant as put me on 250mg am 200 at 8pm and out of all meds I tried these are the most effective I hope you soon get some relief as the pain is horrendous kind regards

  • There is a theory that if there is tightness or thickening (including adhesions) in the fascia (sheet of fibrous connective tissue that runs throughout your body), it can pull on other areas and cause pain. There is a link between a relaxed stomach and a relaxed pelvic floor. Whether this is enough to cause pain rather than contribute or exacerbate, is another question, though. I'll pm you later with more.

  • I have pudendal neuralgia and like you, went through endless tests with no answers. I am in so much pain ALL THE TIME! During my period it's just downright disabling. I don't think it's referred pain and gabapentin doses have to be so high to even help.

  • I've been through all this and nothing works. Most days I consider suicide as only option. Pudendal shots were useless. I have neuropathy through my whole body am losing the muscular power in feet and hands. Lost use of one leg but the pain since my hysterectomy for long undiagnosed endo seems to be the trigger. Nerve something or other is only diagnosis. Tired of not being able to hold anything, be able to stand up straight, lie down without having knees slightly bent, painful BM's, incontinence the humiliation of being probed by eternal clueless specialists - it's been 17 years now and I've had enough. I'd like to hear one hopeful message on this blog but I think I'm going to just quit it.

  • Md169,

    I'm so sorry you have dealt with these issues so many years... I'm 10 months in and I have lost the will to live. Chronic pain is so depressing

  • It is so hard to deal with. 2 years and there hasn't been a day without pain, every day I say I cant do this anymore! Cant imagine how you're feeling. I have found lots of info from this site to be honest and I have booked in with a specialist tomorrow who knows about pne. I'm hoping he will have some advice. The good thing about this site is that there are people who are in the same position as you. Feel free to message me at any time if you want to talk :(

  • They may be honest but I see no answers. As for specialists all they are are wastes of time and money and the trips to see them hurt

  • careful about the so-called pudendal decompression surgery, A LOT of people have gotten worse from that surgery

  • What did your specialist tell you?

  • you can get a pain pump as a last resort or a spinal cord stimulator

  • 5 days in hospital trying spinal cord stimulator. Whole body numbed and tingling EXCEPT TO PELVIC AREA AND RECTUM where scar is. Got impacted again and went into agonizing pelvic pain blood pressure shot up had to have bowels manually evacuated which reduced some of the pain. Doctor took out stimulator this had failed too.

  • I have the same symptoms as you after almost 5 years I am still no further foward and at my whitts end to be honest tens machine I have tried is useless to me I am waiting on a perception for the same medication as you let me know if you find out anything else about yout pain I will keep you updated about mine going to c my gyno soon x

  • it's just awful isn't it. today has been the worst day in a long while for me. I'm on tramadol gabapentin and morphine. my back is in agony and my pelvis feels like 10 stone.

    I'm going to have a nerve block near the pudendal nerve to see if that is the cause of my pain. I have to pay for it privately but if it works then it'll be worth it. I will let you know if it helps :(

    sorry you're in pain, I feel so sorry for everyone on this site with no answers because it is pretty much soul destroying haha.

    I'll let you know if I get any more info xx

  • Be careful with the nerve block, my mother and I both have PN, she has had a nerve block in London by a specialist who is very PN a aware and she is so much worse since having it, her bladder has stopped working and now she has a permanent catheter. I also no of two other ladies who have been made worse.

  • I had bowel adhesions removed in 2012. I had started with pain that, at times, radiated across my abdomen. At the onset of my pain it did worsen at the time of my period, the initially thought I had an ectopic pregnancy, eventually it just became constant. Did they say why they did not remove them during the lap? My Dr thought I had endometriosis and did the lap and found adhesions but no endo. Even post-op I was in less pain than when I went into hospital that morning.

  • My pain is specifically in my pelvis though :( so I'm just confused.. As the adhesions are high and the pain is low on the left.

    Nope he didn't say why he didn't remove them! Just discharged me and sent me to pelvic pain clinic :( just dont know what's going on lol

  • What did the specialist say in UK?

  • My understanding is that when I had the major surgery for the adhesions the specialist told me that they cannot remove adhesions as they are scar tissue, all they can do is divide them to ease the tethering they cause in the pelvis/bowel etc. However I have since learnt that dividing adhesions does double the adhesions. I don't know why you think they were removed as that is an impossibility. For example if you had a scar (which is what an adhesion is) on your hand, surgical removal would only leave another scar. That is my understanding.

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