Pain Education Makes a Difference
Pain education helps manage pain and improve quality of life
Taking care of persons suffering with chronic pelvic pain can be challenging for both clinicians and patients. Both are often frustrated by lack of pain management resources and poor communication. This website is designed to improve patient and clinician communication by ensuring that both use similar terminology and have knowledge about available resources. This page provides an overview of education and advocacy societies as well as access to clinical tools that can be used to facilitate pain care.
EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY
Many societies provide resources and advocate for patients with pain conditions. Here are some useful links:
International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health
International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health
VA HEALTH PROFESSIONALS RESOURCES
These resources are only available through the VA network.
VA Gynecology Virtual Community of Practice- website with women's health resources such as order sets and tools.
VA Talent Management System (TMS) Courses:
Evaluation of Chronic Pelvic Pain- TMS course # VA 43944
Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction- TMS course # VA 44783
Trauma Informed Gyn- TMS course # VA 40589
IMPORTANT PRIVACY AND SECURITY NOTICE: The questionnaires below are collect private health information (PHI). The questionnaires should be collected directly from patients. DO NOT mail, fax, or email them to patients, unless these modes of communication are equipped with encryption and security measures designed to transfer private health information.
Healthcare Professional - Pelvic Pain INITIAL Assessment Form.
This form can be used to guide the evaluation and treatment selection.
INITIAL PATIENT HISTORY Survey
This form can be used to collect the initial patient history.
FOLLOW UP PATIENT HISTORY Survey
This form can be used to evaluate patient progress.
Guide / Algorithm for evaluation and management of chronic pelvic pain conditions.
Chronic Pelvic Pain: A guide to performing a focused physical examination
This video was created by Jorge Carrillo, MD, Georgine Lamvu, MD and Christana Ajewole, MD with support from the IPPS*, the Orlando VA Healthcare System, and the University of Central Florida. The video was the recipient of the 2022 American Association for Gynecologic Laparoscopists IRCAD** Award for Best Research in Education and Innovative Ideas in Teaching. Additional support was provided by Dorothy Bestoyong, DO, Chensy Ouyang, MD, Jessica Feranec, MD, and videography was performed by Mr. Francisco Chavez at cisco_photography.com
Chronic pelvic pain in women: A review: Lamvu G, Carillo J, Ouyang C, Rapkin A. JAMA 2021, 325:23(2381-2389)
The complex intersection between pelvic pain and mental health in women. Witzeman KA, Pain Management, Vol 21, Issue #3, 2021.
Chronic overlapping pain disorders: Differential diagnosis and treatment. Witzeman, KA. Pain Management, Vol 21, Issue #2, 2021.
Continuous vs. cyclic combined hormonal contraceptives for treatment of dysmenorrhea: a systematic review. Damm T, Lamvu G, Carrillo J, Ouyang C and Feranec J. Contraception X, (1), 2019.
A 10-yr Analysis of Chronic Pelvic Pain and Chronic Opioid Therapy in the Women Veteran Population. Cichowski SB, Rogers RG, Komesu Y, Murata E, et al. Mil Med, 183 (11-12), 2018
Functional connectivity is associated with altered brain chemistry in women with endometriosis-associated chronic pelvic pain. As-Sanie A, Kim J, Schmidt-Wilcke T, Suddgren P, et al. J Pain (17)1, 2017
Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women: A review. Vincent, K. BMJ 2008
BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES
NEWS AND RESEARCH
International association for the study of Pain Presidential Task Force on Cannabis and Cannabinoid Analgesia Position Statement. PAIN July 2021; 162:S1-S2. Link: https://journals.lww.com/pain/Fulltext/2021/07001/International_Association_for_the_Study_of_Pain.1.aspx
Abstracts from the 23rd Annual International Pelvic Pain Society Meeting.
Effect of pain reprocessing therapy vs. placebo and usual care for patients with chronic back pain. A randomized clinical trial. Published online September 29, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.2669.
After reading this JAMA article, we recommend that you read the corresponding Washington Post article entitled: Chronic pain is surprisingly treatable- when patients focus on the brain.
International Pelvic Pain Society 25th Annual Meeting, Sept 29-October 2, 2022, Orlando, Florida.
Painweek, Sept 6-9, 2022, Las Vegas, Nevada.
FIND A COLLEAGUE
Learn more about integrative management of pelvic pain visit the International Pelvic Pain Society Website at www.pelvicpain.org
*International Pelvic Pain Society
**L’Institut de Recherche contre les Cancers de l’Appareil Digestif