I am a man who has suffered with pelvic tension myalgia for 2 years now. The first time I had the symptoms, my pain was a 9 out of 10, couldn't defecate without laxatives, peed every 5 minutes during the day and at night, ibs symptoms really bad, so I couldn't stomach anything with any kind of calories that also helped with my severe constipation, and couldn't sit down at all without extreme pain. I became anorexic. Fast forward to 1.3 years later and my wife left me, I tried to take my own life because the pain was just too much. I lost everything of any value to me, my wife, my son, my 3 pets, and her family who I was very close to as well. During these 1.3 years, I went to multiple specialists and had numerous expensive tests done, 3 trips to the emergency room, saw a psychiatrist, and went to a physiotherapist and still couldn't get any better. Finally about 4 months ago, all of the sudden, I got better and had no symptoms. I don't know if it was the extreme amount of walking I did and resting, but got better. I was ecstatic and thought I had beaten this thing. Well that is what chronic pain wants you to think. It wants to lift you up to only bring you back down again, like some kind of mad monster. Pain is a way of telling you something is wrong and can be a good thing, unless you have chronic pain. From what I can tell, chronic pain only serves one purpose. It is to destroy you as a person inside and out. I try to be a person with a good sense of humor most of the time, but it is becoming increasingly more difficult with this condition. Doctors want to say it's because you are depressed. No. I am depressed because of this condition. I used to be an athlete before this too. Now, all I can do is walk and try to rest and stretch. I can't sit for too long anywhere or extreme pain and I pay the price later. No one believes you are sick because there is not visible injury and some days you have less pain and some days you have more pain. I have friends and family who think I'm exaggerating everything. Hell, doctors think you are exaggerating everything. I can't take a lot of pain medication because they give me extreme constipation that just makes the pain cycle worse. This is truly a condition from hell. I have tried tumeric and can't afford acupuncture or massages every week. I am at the medical community's mercy and they are in the dark too with this condition. It is saddening to think productive people in society will become unproductive because of this horrible curse called pelvic dysfunction. I hope and pray everyone receives a cure for Christmas, but I just don't know if anyone cares enough about our cause to fund it and find it, so we continue to suffer.