Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Recommended Reading for Pelvic Pain

Summer is not far away and if you are like me, you love to have a new book to read if you are lucky enough to be on the beach or poolside. I thought I'd share some of the books that fill my bookshelf here at the clinic that deal with pelvic pain disorders, so that you can develop a better understanding of the issues you may be dealing with.
A Headache in the Pelvis - David Wise, PhD; Rodney Anderson, MD-This book has great information about diagnoses such as chronic pelvic pain syndrome and interstitial cystitis and also looks at things from a man's point of view which is often not  the case with books dealing with pelvic pain.                                                                                                                                   

Heal Pelvic Pain - Amy Stein, MPT - This book is written by a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor dysfunction. The book discusses diagnoses from IBS and endometriosis to pain with intercourse and urinary incontinence. It also includes stretching and massage programs that you can do at home.                                               
Completely Overcome Vaginismus - Mark and Lisa Carter- This book is written by a couple who have actually dealt with vaginismus first hand. It is a great manual that gives you step-by-step instructions for dealing with this disorder. It recommends involvement of both partners as well as healthcare professionals and gives you tools for home treatment. It also includes a journal and workbook to work through some of the emotional issues that go hand in hand with this diagnosis.                                                                                                                                            
The Vulvodynia Survival Guide - Howard Glazer, PhD; Gae Rodke, MD -This book is a great source of general information about vulvodynia and discusses some of the more common symptoms, treatment options and female anatomy. Though there is a lot of focus by the authors on biofeedback as treatment for vulvodynia, and I, as a clinician, have a different view of what works best for patients, I feel that this book is a good resource for understanding what is going on with your body. I believe that the best treatment options should be discussed by the patient and their health care providers.

If you are like me and love to load up your Kindle, Nook or Ipad with things to read, many of these titles are available as ebooks. Also, check your public library to find out if they have anything available. You'd be surprised what you can find at the library! I know Austin's public library has at least 3 of these books available for loan.

As with any new information, I recommend discussing your questions and concerns with your healthcare provider, hopefully your pelvic floor physical therapist! They can further explain this information and answer any questions that you have.