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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

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

 EVALUATION TOOLS

RECOMMENDED READING

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.

ANNUAL MEETINGS

International Pelvic Pain Society 25th Annual Meeting, Sept 29-October 2, 2022, Orlando, Florida.

Painweek, Sept 6-9, 2022, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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