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  • smcclafferty
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    Thank you, that was a lot of great information. I want to bring this up to my doctor, actually I already did and he acted like he didn't know what was causing my symptoms, so I want to ask him specifically about the pudendal/and or sciatic nerve.

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  • Kara29
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    PNE is diagnosed by EMG and Diagnostic Nerve Blocks. The Pudendal Nerve is located kind of in your the middle of your butt cheeks. Here is a diagram: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...77/Gray829.png just use the blue positive arrow to make the pudendal nerve stand out.

    It is important to note PN is largely a “rule out” condition. In other words, because its symptoms can be indicative of another problem, extensive testing is required to ensure that your symptoms are not related to another condition. Some common conditions that PNE symptoms are similar include coccygodynia, piriformis syndrome, Interstitial cystitis, chronic or non-bacterial prostatitis, prostatodynia, vulvodynia, vestibulitis, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, proctalgia, anorectal neuralgia, pelvic contracture syndrome/pelvic congestion, proctalgia fugax or levator ani syndrome.


    Please talk with your doctor about your specific concerns. Only He/She can give you answers to your specific procedure and diagnosis.
    Last edited by Kara29; 03-21-2007, 02:56 PM.

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  • ICNDonna
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    My husband's sciatica was diagnosed by MRI.

    Donna

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  • smcclafferty
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    Thanks for all of the helpful info! I just wanted to know also, how do you know if you have it? I mean, what kind of test do they do for it? I might also add that my symptoms started right after I got my cysto/hydro/biopsy 11 weeks ago. And I've had them ever since. Could this have possibly been triggered by that procedure? Thanks again.
    Last edited by smcclafferty; 03-21-2007, 08:51 AM.

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  • Kara29
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    Pudendal Nerve

    Here's some more information PNE. I have Pudendal Nerve Entrapment if you'd like to PM me for more information.

    Primary symptoms of Pudendal Neuralgia include:

    · Pelvic pain with sitting that may be less intense in the morning and increase throughout the day. Symptoms may decrease when standing or lying down. The pain can be perineal, rectal or in the clitoral / penile area; it can be unilateral or bilateral.

    · Sexual dysfunction. In women, dysfunction manifests as pain or decreased sensation in the genitals, perineum or rectum. Pain may occur with or without touch. It may be difficult or impossible for the woman to achieve orgasm. In men, dysfunction presents as pain during erection, difficulty sustaining an erection or painful ejaculation.

    Difficulty with urination / defecation. Patients may experience urinary hesitancy, urgency and/or frequency. Post-void discomfort is not uncommon. Patients may feel that they have to ‘strain’ to have a bowel movement and the movement may be painful and/or result in pelvic pain after. Constipation is also common among patients with pudendal neuralgia. In severe cases, complete or partial urinary and/or fecal incontinence may result.

    · Sensation of a foreign object being within the body. Some patients will feel as though there is a foreign object sitting inside the vagina or the rectum.

    Here's some links regarding PNE.

    It describes what it is: It under the heading, (H) Self Help Tip of the Month - Understanding Pudendal Nerve Entrapment. http://www.ic-network.com/newsletters/jan03.html#H

    The websites at the bottom of this information are no longer in service, although there are other sites that are currently available for information and support.

    The one I have found to be the best is: http://www.tipna.org./
    They also have message boards much like the ICN.
    http://www.tipna.org/forum/index.php

    I also found this discussion:
    "An Introduction to PNE "
    Does Pudendal Nerve Entrapment Mimic IC and other Urologic Conditions?

    Speaker: Dr. Ken Renney, Houston Orthopaedics Sports Medicine Associates, P.A. Houston, TX
    Moderator: Jill Osborne, ICN Founder, Santa Rosa, CA
    Date: August 19, 2003 - ICN Guest Lecture Series

    http://www.ic-network.com/guestlectures/renney.html

    Kara

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  • leelee88
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    This could be your sciatic nerve....

    The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that runs down the lower limb. It is the longest single nerve in the body.

    The Sciatic supplies nearly the whole of the skin of the leg, the muscles of the back of the thigh, and those of the leg and foot.

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  • ICNDonna
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    I did a search and here's one definition:

    "The pudendal nerve is a nerve in the pelvic region that innervates the external genitalia of both sexes, as well as sphincters for the bladder and the rectum."

    You might want to do a search for pudental nerve entrapment.

    Donna

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  • smcclafferty
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    Pudendal Nerve?

    Can somebody kindly explain a little bit about what the pudendal nerve is for, or where it is located, and what kind of problems it can cause? I have a weird feeling down my left inner thigh, all the way to the foot, starting on the left side of the bladder, and it started when I got my cysto/hydro/biopsy 10 weeks ago, and hasn't healed since. I believe it is nerve related, since I am familiar with what nerve pain feels like. Does anyone know anything about the pudendal nerve?
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