• 01:22

    Dr. Mario Castellanos: Understanding The Differences in your Chronic Pelvic Pain

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    Join our original "Pelvic Messenger" Elisabeth Oas, as she interviews Dr. Mario Castellano of Phoenix Arizona. He is here to discuss some of the underlying causes of the biggest diagnoses chronic pelvic pain patients deal with. While many of us, have IC, Endo, Pudendal Neuralgia and more...we also often might have other diagnoses going on we are unaware of, that are either mimicking these bigger players or making them worse. In either case treating these other diagnoses is important to feeling better!! I think we can all agree that being able to recognize the subtle differences in our pelvic pain can be hard, especially when everything is hurting at once. Tune into this show to help yourself with gaining the insight on how to do this!!

    Dr. Castellanos expertise includes pudendal neuralgia, pelvic congestion syndrome, pelvic floor muscle spasms, interstitial cystitis, and pain related to vaginal mesh procedures. He has special skills in pudendal nerve decompression surgery, ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks, and Botox trigger point injections. He is also a fellowship trained minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon for the treatment of complex pelvic pathology and pelvic pain.

     He has presented at national congregations and published on various topics related to chronic pelvic pain. He is an active member of the AAGL and the International Pelvic Pain Society. It was his research and work presented at the 2014 IPPS annual conference, that inspired us to have him on the show! Discussing these very complicated and critical topics can make a world of difference for the overall well being for the patient living with pelvic pain.







  • 01:08

    Alliance For Pelvic Pain - Interview

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    NEW DATES (the date was changed due to weather in NYC, updated 3/5/14):  The Rescheduled Conference will be held on May 31 to June 1, 2014 in NYC.

    We are pleased to talk with Amy Stein, PT and Dr. Robert Echenberg of the ALLIANCE FOR PELVIC PAIN. They are here to discuss the 2nd Annual Patient Conference, designed to help women and men figure out how to truly heal and help living with chronic pelvic pain.


    Please join our conversation by listening live at 3:00 pm Pacific time or 6:00 pm Eastern time

    The Alliance for Pelvic Pain is offering a special discount to Pelvic Messenger listeners:  $50 of the registration fee or $100 off for patients that will be flying to NYC to attend the conference (maximum discount is $100).  To redeem discount, when registering, under comments, write in, “Pelvic Messenger Listener”.  Those using this discount must pay by check, money order or wire transfer (Discount not valid with paypal payments).

  • 01:15

    Amy Stein: In the Media on Pelvic Pain

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    Amy Stein, DPT, BCB-PMD, will be speaking about her experience in promoting pelvic pain awareness, and what changes she has seen in the media including her episode on Dr. Oz, ABC's 20/20, Prevention magazine, and Elle magazine.  During the past 15 years as an expert pelvic floor physical therapist, she has seen the changes in pelvic pain and the media.  She will also discuss her new video, which is over 2 hours long:   Healing Pelvic and Abdominal Pain:   The ultimate home program and a guide for practitioners.  She will discuss how each media piece and the video came about, and what the reactions were with each event.

    Check out the video and the articles on: www.healingpelvicandabdominalpain.com and www.beyondbasicsphysicaltherapy.com

  • 01:06

    The Holy Grail of Prevention of Pelvic Pain

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    Dr. Frank Tu's current research focus is in the field of female pelvic pain disorders, where he is funded by an NIH/NICHD K23 grant to study pelvic floor musculoskeletal dysfunction in visceral pain disorders such as endometriosis and painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis. He is also a co-investigator on an NIH/NIDDK multisite grant, Multidisciplinary Approach to Pelvic Pain. 

    Dr. Tu and Dr. Hellman will join the Pelvic Messenger to share how their research is progressing.

    Dr. Tu's Clinical Trial for Chronic Pain Risk Associated With Menstrual Period Pain:


    Article on the Mechanisms of Brainstem Modulation:


    Article of Risk Factors for Pelvic Pain:




  • 00:52

    Yoga for Pelvic Pain

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    Synopsis: Yoga for Pelvic Pain will help listeners understand the basics and tradition of yoga and why it can assist them with relief of their pelvic pain. It will also provide a guide as to how to get started in your own area, answer a few common concerns, and help to set your expectations as to the health benefits that can be achieved through yoga.
    Our Guest expert: Dustienne Miller is a board certified women's health clinical specialist and Kripalu Yoga teacher. She has a private physical therapy practice in Santa Rosa CA (www.flourishphysicaltherapy.com). Dustienne  has created a yoga DVD entitled “Your Pace Yoga: Relieving Pelvic Pain” for her patients healing pelvic pain (www.yourpaceyoga.com).
    Your host & Pelvic Mesanger: Laurie Haughton was diagnosed with Endometriosis in 2006, she has been an active moterator in the online Endo community on FaceBook, and also co-facilitates the Ottawa Endometriosis Support Association, in Ottawa Ontario Canada. A professional equestrian, and photographer, with a back ground in public relations, she's an advid foodie & retro loving gal, who is fighting the battle to live her life to its full potential dispite "Endo" and is currently happy to say that the score is in her favor!

  • 00:46

    Women's Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis with Dr Williams

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    Join Pain Waves Radio for our third ever broadcast as we are joined by Dr. Christina Williams (OBGYN), Co-Medical Director at the BC Centre for Reproductive Health. We will be discussing women's pelvic pain and endometriosis and taking listener calls. Looking forward to hearing from you on Pain Waves Radio!
     [DISCLAIMER: The Content provided on the Show is for informational purposes only and is not professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care, nor is it intended to be a substitute therefor. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider properly licensed to practise medicine or general health care in your jurisdiction concerning any questions you may have regarding any Content obtained from this Show and any medical condition you believe may be relevant to you or to someone else. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard or read or seen on this Show. Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before embarking on a new treatment, diet or fitness program.  DO NOT LISTEN TO THE SHOW unless you have read and accepted the complete terms and conditions found at http://www.painbc.ca/node/4 and on the www.painbc.ca website (click on "Privacy Agreement/Terms and Conditions" at the bottom of the home page).]

  • 01:15

    Alliance for Pelvic Pain Interview!

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    Please join us in for this very special show in which we will start to "Connect the Dots" of your experience with pelvic pain.
    In celebration of ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH we are pleased to bring here 3 members of the ALLIANCE FOR PELVIC PAIN. They are here to discuss the upcoming 1st ever patient conference, designed to help women figure out how to truly heal and help living with chronic pelvic pain.
    Join us live , as we take call and talk in depth with:
    Internationally known GYNO, AUTHOR and CPP specialist:
    Dr. Deborah Coady
    Author, CPP psycotherapist: Nancy Fish
    Author and Internationally known pelvic pain physical therapist: Amy Stein

  • 00:52

    The Connection Between Nutrition and Pain -- Pain Waves Radio by Pain BC

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    Is there a link between nutrition and pain? Tune in on Friday, January 30, 2015 @ 11am to find out.

    Dr. Caroline Coombs, ND is a licenced naturopathic physician and health educator. She currently teaches weekly sessions on Nutrition for pain management at the ChangePain clinic in Vancouver. She also runs private practices in Vancouver and Port Moody and is the resident Naturopathic physician for the LULORA collective, an online health and wellness company.

    Caroline’s interest in pain and nutrition began as a child when she saw her father recover from chronic pain using nutrition. She is passionate about sharing evidence-based nutritional advice to those in chronic pain that will help them decrease inflammation, heal more efficiently and prevent all types of chronic illness. http://www.changepain.ca/dr-caroline-coombs-nd/

    Don't miss your chance to ask questions! Call (877) 289-0308 (toll-free) to ask Dr. Caroline Coombs your questions.

    Pain Waves Radio is sponsored by Pain BC. Whether you're living with pain; supporting someone in pain; or providing care to patients in pain... we offer the tools and resources to help you!

  • 01:01

    Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain & Candida: How Our Self-Care Impacts Our Hormones

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    Today I invited Jessica Drummond, MPT, CCN, CHC, to talk about how our physical and emotional health impacts our hormones. 

    In this episode, you will learn:

    The top 3-5 leading causes of pelvic pain
    How the pain manifests
    How pelvic pain effects our sex life
    The connection between candida or gluten sensitivity and pelvic pain
    How our emotions and intuition play a role in chronic pelvic pain
    What a woman with pelvic pain can do today to see results
    What is Wurn technique?
    What is the best path for seeking treatment for complex pelvic pain?

    Join us.

    Jessica Drummond, MPT, CCN, CHC, the Founder and CEO of The Integrative Pelvic Health Institute, is passionate about caring for and empowering women who struggle with women’s health conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS, bladder pain, low libido, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, period pain, painful sex, and post-surgical, orthopedic, or pregnancy related pelvic conditions.  She is equally passionate about educating and supporting clinicians in confidently and safely using integrative tools to treat chronic pelvic pain, bowel and bladder, and other women’s health issues.  Having over a decade of experience as a women’s and pelvic physical therapist plus owning a private women’s health clinical nutrition and coaching practice gives her a unique perspective on the integrative, conservative options for pelvic pain management.

    Jessica was educated at the University of Virginia, Emory University, The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and Duke Integrative Medicine.

  • 00:46

    Can Music Therapy Help People in Pain? -- Pain Waves Radio by Pain BC

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    *Note: If you missed the live recording and still want to ask questions, please email Gemma at president@mtabc.com.

    Join us as we interview Gemma Isaac, an accredited (MTA) music therapist and certified in Neurologic Music Therapy. As the music therapist at the Burns, Plastic and Trauma Unit (BPTU) at VGH, Gemma facilitates music therapy programs for patients, their families, and healthcare staff alike. http://gemmamusictherapy.com/

    How does music therapy work?

    Music therapy is facilitated through a variety of interventions including patient song choices, music making, song writing, improvisation, and guided relaxation. Other times, the music therapist works alongside other healthcare disciplines such as nurses, physiotherapist, or occupational therapist, using music during physical rehabilitation to inspire movement and promote encouragement by accompanying movement through musical cues, which also helps peoople become distracted from the pain. Visit www.mtabc.com or www.musicheals.ca for more info.

    Don't miss your chance to ask questions! How can music therapy help you and your loved ones better deal with pain?

    Pain Waves Radio is sponsored by Pain BC

    Whether you’re living with pain; supporting someone in pain; or providing care to patients in pain… we offer tools and resources to help you! Join us! Together, we can make a difference.

  • 00:15

    Resources for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

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    This show will provide you with website resources for bladder, bowel, and pelvic pain conditions. Patients frequently ask for reputable resources so I thought it would be helpful to create a show with a comprehensive list. This is not all-inclusive but would be a good starting point if you are looking for resources and/or support. 

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