Hello everyone, after a few months of reading I finally found what appears to be a UK based forum for pelvic pain.
Here's my story (very briefly)....I'm a 52 year old male who has been cycling in the region of 7 to 8 thousand miles a year and in May this year I became aware of a lump type feeling in my perineum. Prostate checked out fine but things gradually degenerated pain wise to the point where I stopped cycling 4 or 5 weeks ago.
Bikes are a huge part of my life and it's all been very depressing. I pretty much self diagnosed pudendal neuralgia after recognising symptoms in a medical paper which used an Ironman triathlete as a case study.
I'm seeing a physio who is a women's health expert in pelvic pain and she agrees I have some compression nerve damage and hypertonic pelvic floor muscles. She has had me stretching my piriformis and doing relaxation exercises but the nothing is changing. I'm having a brief break from stretching as I feel it's making it worse. Symptoms are rectal ache, a sensitive penis (sometimes it feels like it's buzzing, really annoying) and perineal pain when I rub there.
So, is there any hope for me getting back in the saddle eventually?