Hi all, I've just been to the QE & saw a very nice Dr Rea who explained a lot.
For years I have done body combat & boby pump exercises thinking it was good for me. Then I also did kegel exercises because I have a cystocele. I don't have incontinance problems which is what people normally get with a bladder prolapse, so in hindsight I didn't need to do the kegals. I needed the opposite. Relax & lengthen the core muscles not tighten them up even more.
He explained the pudendal, cluneal & sciatic nerve all travel in front of or through in some people the piriformas & obturator muscles. If these muscles are too tense this then puts pressure on all or some of these nerves.
When my pain started I panicked. Every day I would get a heart sinking feeling when I felt the burning & aching. I know now that was the worst thing for me to do as when you panick & get upset, you tense. So it's been a vicious cycle for years.
He also said it then becomes a psychological problem too because if you know something is going to hurt (sitting/sex) then you tense up which just makes the problem worse.
He's advised I continue with yoga & stretches but not Pilates or any kind of up training.
He's also sending me to a physiotherapist with the NHS.Its a ongoing problem that I have to heal myself.unfortunately there's no magic pill which would be so much easier!
He gave me some helpful websites to look at & also recommended the book - A headache in the pelvis.
Websites are- britishpainsociety.org/patient home.htm
pelvicpain.org.uk. Which we all know