Sore Pink Bits?
One in four women suffer from chronic vulvar pain at some point in their lifetime, according to the National Volvodynia Association.
AND women with chronic vulvar pain, or vulvodynia, are at a substantially increased risk for other chronic pain conditions, according to a University of Michigan Health System study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology (just in case sore pink bits weren’t enough!)
The new research reveals that women suffering from this painful vaginal condition have between a two and three times more likelihood of having other chronic pain conditions, including FM.
Vulvodynia is chronic vulvar pain that consists of burning, stinging, soreness, or rawness in the area at the opening of the vagina. To date, it has no identified cause, although a genetic component or nerve injury may be the culprit. The pain can be so severe that it makes exercise, intercourse and even sitting unbearable. The condition may occur for months, but can last for years.
“Chronic pain conditions like these can seriously hamper quality of life and it’s imperative that we understand the commonality among them,” says lead author Barbara D. Reed, a professor of family medicine at the U-M Medical School. “Chronic pain is starting to get a lot more attention, with more research being done on all of these disorders, as well as combinations of these disorders. I think the identification and treatment of these conditions will continue to improve.” (Yippee! – but there are huge numbers of these conditions; we need to get FM out ‘there’ so we can be first on the list!)
“Women who have these disorders often see physicians but are not given a diagnosis or are given an erroneous diagnosis and continue to suffer without being treated properly,” Reed says. “Until their symptoms have a name, it can be really discouraging because patients begin thinking it’s all in their head.
Millions of people have chronic pain. This report stresses the need to further study relationships between these types of disorders to help understand common patterns and shared features.
Posted on August 20, 2012, in Fibromyalgia and tagged Barbara D. Reed, bệnh đau cơ xơ, bladder pain, burning, chronic, chronic pain, chronic vulvar pain, Conditions and Diseases, 線維筋痛, 纤维肌痛, disorders, Fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgie, Health, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, La fibromyalgie, National Volvodynia Association, Obstetrics & Gynecology, pain, rawness, Relationships, soreness, stinging, University of Michigan, فيبروميالغيا, vagina, vulvar pain, vulvodynia, פיברומיאלגיה. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.