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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.
Topic: "For The Love Of The Pen...."
Guest Authors: Tonya Jackson and Ben Fletcher
Ben Fletcher is one of the UK's youngest published writers, he is the writer and creator of the BHS Bellwood series which has gained increasing international media attention over the past year. Ben Fletcher are currently working to produce the sitcom to his book sometime in the next year. As well as working on BHS Bellwood, Ben is also the managing director of a Media and Recording Company in the UK and works as an independent journalist, public speaker and has previously trained as a radio presenter and producer.
Author Tonya Jackson refers to herself as "Healthy Brain Tonya" For an entire year, Mrs. Jackson had been experiencing excruciatingly painful headaches and didn't know the source from which they came. It wasn't until her husband did some deeper research and found a neurologist that it was determined that she had a brain disease called trigeminal neuralgia. On March 4, 2014, she had brain surgeryand is now healthy and working on her writing career.
Today's show will feature Soula Mantalvanos, an artist, designer, and advocate for those with chronic pelvic pain. Soula is to be a guest on the show to discuss the patient perspective of receiving a diagnosis and treatment for Pudendal Neuralgia.
Get excited for the next episode of the Pelvic Messenger, Stimulating Science with Dr. Kenneth Peters, on August 21, 2014 (1:30 PM EST).
Dr. Kenneth M. Peters is Professor and Chair of Urology at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan. He is also Chair of Urology at Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, Michigan, and Medical Director of the Women’s Urology Center in Royal Oak, a unique multidisciplinary center dedicated to women with chronic pelvic pain and voiding dysfunction. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr Peters subsequently completed his training in surgery and urology at William Beaumont Hospital, where he also completed a fellowship in female urology and urodynamics.
Widely recognized as a leader in research, Dr. Peters is internationally known for his work on interstitial cystitis, neuromodulation for voiding dysfunction, nerve rerouting surgery to restore voiding in spina bifida patients, and adult human stem cell injection for stress urinary incontinence.
Dr. Peters is an active and well-respected clinician, educator and researcher. He specializes in the treatment of voiding dysfunction and female urology. He has written numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on incontinence, interstitial cystitis and neuromodulation. He has twice won the Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) clinical research award.
Serious conversations started several decades ago in the United States around whether to legalize marijuana, and we took baby steps toward ratification with California’s Proposition 215 which voters passed by fifty-six percent in 1996, making medical marijuana permissible by law. Though we believed otherwise, medical-marijuana was and is not a new trend.
Medical scholars have been studying, using and writing about marijuana for a long time, leaving behind hundreds of journals written between 1840 and 1930 documenting marijuana-use as an acute pain reliever; and also to treat emaciation, neuralgia and convulsive disorders as well as nausea.
Legalizing marijuana will not increase its number of users; it will merely remove the threat of punishment for those who do. For example, the man or woman who did not care for alcohol during prohibition did not suddenly develop a thirst for it when alcohol was legalized.
100 people die a day from prescription drug overdose, writes the Washington Post; and in comparison, there are no deaths attributed to marijuana overdose. Yet the drug that allegedly kills 100 people a day is legal, while medical marijuana is illegal.
Does this mean prescription drugs are accepted because they are legal? And marijuana is illegal because no one has overdosed on it yet?
Dr. Sanja Gupta had this to say when making the comparison, “Most frightening to me is that someone dies in the United States every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose, mostly accidental. Every 19 minutes. It is a horrifying statistic. As much as I searched, I could not find a documented case of death from marijuana overdose.”
In this episode of the Pelvic Messenger, our guest, Dr. Robert Echenberg spends almost 90 minutes discussing PGAD; helping listeners to understand more about this sensationalized disorder known at PGAD. Dr. Echenberg discusses at length why PGAD is a chronic pelvic pain disorder and why it is NOT a sexual disorder.
PGAD is characterized by unwelcome and intrusive genital arousal episodes that is unrelated to desire.
Dr. Echenberg has seen numerous patients with this condition, included among the more than 1200 patients he has seen with a variety of chronic pelvic and genital pain disorders such as Interstitial Cystitis, Vulvodynia, Pudendal Neuralgia, and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.
In the latter half of the show, we discuss his three pronged approach to treating PGAD condition.
For more information, please visit Dr. Echenberg's website: http://www.instituteforwomeninpain.com/dr.-echenberg-answers-questions-on-pgad
Please enjoy the show.
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
Doctors of the USA welcomes Dr. Eric Lonseth, a Pain Management Specialist with a national reputation for excellence in the field of Interventional Pain Management, to talk about PHN (Postherpetic neuralgia) commonly known as After-Shingles Pain, its signs & symptoms and the risk & prevention that one must know in order to avoid it. Listen in as he shares how one can move beyond the pain with the many different treatment options available.
Fellowship Trained and Double Board Certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management, Dr. Lonseth specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of spinal disorders. He earned both his medical degree as well as Masters degree in public health from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship with the prestigious University of California, San Francisco serving as Chief Fellow. Due to his interest in public health, Dr. Lonseth participated in several medical missions to the Amazon region of Brazil to help indigenous people lacking access to adequate healthcare.
After having served as Director and Division Chief of pain medicine at East Jefferson General Hospital to serve the unmet needs of pain patients, Dr. Eric Lonseth now applies the knowledge gained over a decade to create a state-of-the-art pain management program. Using a multidisciplinary approach in the evaluation and treatment of chronic pain, Dr. Lonseth has successfully developed LonsethPainMD and Neuroscience & Pain Institute into an extremely effective center that treats some of the most difficult cases in the New Orleans area.
Check out his website.
For more information about shingles and PHN, there are several online resources such as the CDC and NIH, as well as a new website – www.WhatisPHN.com
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).
Has your doctor left you without answers for migraines, back pain, fatigue, muscle pain, brain fog? Are your symptoms too vague to even tell a doctor but you are not well? Heavy metal exposure is common every day and a whole generation is being born pre-polluted.
What are heavy metals and where could I be getting exposed?
Metals in the body can cause many problems.
? They lower our immune systems
? Allow survival of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and yeast in our bodies,
They tend to have an affinity for nervous tissue causing
? Chronic back pain
? Neck pain
? Muscle pain
? high blood pressure
? kidney stones
? fluid retention
? urination at night
? ? bladder infections
? heart problems
? inability to concentrate
? hearing difficulty or ringing in the ears
? speech disorders
This week on Beating Neuropathy and Chronic Pain, we’re going to talk about shingles. Shingles is a recurrence of the chicken pox virus, varicella zoster. If you had chicken pox as a child, the virus can be reactivated in your body and become shingles. It can present as unexplained acute mid-back pain and should be treated with antiviral medication within the first 72 hours of onset. Early diagnosis and treatment will lessen the duration and likelihood of complications from shingles.
One of the side effects of shingles is difficulty performing daily activities, pain, lesions, and postherpetic neuralgia. Post-herpetic neuralgia is a significant complication that occurs in about 50% of shingles sufferers. It presents as shooting pains, burning, or tingling that can last to months–or even–years after a shingles episode.
Treatment for shingles complications often consists of strong drugs, pain injections, and radio frequency ablation. There are some recent studies showing the effectiveness of other, less invasive modalaties for treating shingles and postherpetic neuralgia. These include TENS (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation) and LLLT/LED (low-level laser therapy and light-emitting diode therapy).
One study showed that treatment with TENS showed a significant lessening in the development of postherpetic neuralgia. This kind of treatment must be administered by a trained clinician. Another study showed LLLT was effective in treating both active shingles and postherpetic neuralgia. Yet another, related article shows LLLT was also effective in treating the same kind of herpes that causes cold sores.
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What does an avid Green Bay #Packer fan and Aaron Rodgers have in common? Hint: 12-12-12 "The Day the Fans Made"
How can you take a fun idea and life's challenges and make both work in positively exciting ways?
Are YOU a Giant Cheesehead?
Join Tamara Leigh's TREND ON with Jennifer Brilowski, Creator of the Official Aaron Rodger's Day for the Green Bay Packer Quarterback #12, sharing the incredible story behind #Let's Make 12-12-12 Aaron Rodgers Day.
Since then, the buzz created helped Jen launch Whirled Affairs and Soulflash Media businesses. Challenged by chronic pain with Occipital Neuralgia, Jen keeps life, her outlook, 12-12-12 fan page and businesses, strictly positive.
"Giant Cheesehead" author Jim Rice returns with sneak-peak at his 2nd Packers book.
As always, co-host Heidi Feemster's Business Minute and Tamara Leigh's TREND ON fashion.
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