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Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. While treatment may require comprehensive team management and consultation with other specialists, there a few critical and basic steps that can be performed on an office visit that offer the opportunity to ificantly improve quality of life in this patient population. A key first step is a thorough clinical examination to physically map the pain site and identify potentially involved nerves.

Only limited evidence exists on how best to manage neuropathic pain, but Clit Northshore in pa a combination of surgical, manipulative or pharmacological methods should be considered. Experimental methods for more precisely characterizing the nature of the nerve dysfunction exist to diagnose and treat neuropathic pain, but additional scientific evidence is needed to unanimously recommend these options.

In the meantime, an approach adopted from guidelines of the International Association for Study of Pain tailored for gynecological pain is suggested. Modern obstetrical care has obviously progressed with the addition of pain medicine to management of labor, but application to gynecological pain receives less attention. Neuropathic pain is defined as a pain arising as a direct consequence of a lesion or disease affecting the sensory component of the nervous system according to the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest group of International Association for the Study of Pain definition.

Cardinal symptoms of neuropathic pain include hyperalgesia increased sensitivity to pain and allodynia increased sensitivity to touchalthough these are nonspecific. The study of pelvic neuropathic pain has likely been hampered by the wide, and confusing differential diagnosis to consider for abdomino-pelvic pain presentations.

Consequently, we will make recommendations for clinical practice based on more clear-cut disorders such as diabetic neuropathy. One unique pelvic neuropathy that we will touch on is pudendal nerve dysfunction, which appears to result from the convergence of myofascial dysfunction and anatomical nerve compression between the sacrospinous and sacrotuberous ligaments.

The most important characteristic to recognize is that neuropathic pain can be reliably detected using psychophysical clinical examination rather than using other diagnostic modalities electrical, magnetic resonance, x-ray, etc beyond the exam. We and others have applied these measures to characterize a limited subset of pelvic pain conditions which may have neuropathic components. The second most important principle in diagnosing neuropathic pain is recognizing it often involves changes in central nervous system processing, not just peripheral tissues.

In animal models multiple studies show that a completely peripheral neuropathy such as Clit Northshore in pa nerve ligation is maintained by changes in supraspinal neurons. With these principles in mind, we describe the approach to diagnosis and treatment of a few common pelvic neuropathic conditions below.

In practice, diagnosis of many cases of abdomino-pelvic neuropathic pain occurs predominantly following a recent surgical procedure. Outside of the perioperative period, gynecologists will mainly confront probable neuropathic pain in rare circumstances: when it presents as endometriosis invading into pelvic nerves or as spontaneous pain involving compression of pelvic nerves such as branches of the obturator, pudendal, or lateral femoral cutaneous nerves.

In contrast, women who present with the more common facial or distal extremity neuropathies should be referred to a neurologist for management. Superficial perineal pain vulvodynia and pudendal neuralgia have been suggested to be neuropathic pain conditions as well, but the research on nerve involvement is limited, and the exact mechanisms may be a combination of chronic mucosal inflammation and hormone or infection-mediated peripheral sensitization, rather than overt nerve disease. If the pain is presenting following a recent gynecological procedure, the clinician should take a thorough surgical history, focusing particularly on prior transverse abdominal incisions hysterectomies, inguinal herniorrhaphy, and appendectomies that place the iliohypogastric, ilioinguinal and genitofemoral nerves at risk.

Beyond sensory input, many of the pelvic nerves contain motor branches and damage can impair certain functions. Assessment of bowel and bladder function including incontinence may reveal potential pudendal nerve dysfunction. Pain after defecation several minutes to one hour is a positive for pudendal neuralgia according to the Nantes criteria Table 1. Modified from A gynecologist can at least begin the initial workup of neuropathic pain with two simple tools: a wooden cotton swab and a dermatomal map of the abdomino-pelvic region.

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Clinical examination by testing the response to a light touch such as a soft cotton swab is the best initial test for identifying probable neuropathic pain. Sites where pain is produced by light touch should be documented as allodynic. Evaluation should begin with sites adjacent to where the pain is reported and then gradually moving towards the site because touch of the painful site can trigger allodynia in adjacent sites, obscuring the diagnostic evaluation. The identification of sites with hyposensitivity after confirmed disc herniations has helped decipher Clit Northshore in pa representation of the pelvic dermatome.

Mapping the pain site in relation to the pelvic dermatome helps identify the pathological nerves. With regards to pelvic neuropathic pain, injury to any peripheral nerve pudendal, genitofemoral, ilioinguinal, etc or plexus coccygeal, lumbar, hypogastric, etc may elicit sustained pain.

The degree of spread into adjacent areas, or of spontaneous pain to appear in contralateral, unprovoked sites should be discretely queried. Evidence of autonomic abnormalities such as erythema, or less commonly sweating, may suggest central components to the pain, and may point to a need for central agents to successfully abolish pain. Much anatomic variability exists with the course of the ilioinguinal nerve, but it can innervate the superomedial thigh, mons pubis and labium majus.

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Pelvic and perineal peripheral branches likewise can be sources of pain. Pain exacerbated with sitting should direct assessment towards the perineal branches of the ilioinguinal, genitofemoral, pudendal or lateral femoral cutaneous nerves LFCN, L2—L3. LFCN compression under the inguinal ligament can result in medial tight pain and over to the adjacent labium majus. Obturator nerve branches L2—L4 supply mainly the medial thigh, but transobturator sling placement has been linked to both thigh and groin pain suggesting variation in nerve distribution.

Taut bands or trigger points are characteristic findings more suggestive of myofascial involvement, and trigger point injections with local anesthetic directly into the affected areas can simultaneously achieve diagnostic and therapeutic goals. To enhance specificity, many experts routinely employ diagnostic nerve blocks, particularly with readily accessible peripheral nerves such as the ilioinguinal, the lateral femoral cutaneous, and the pudendal via a transvaginal approach. While gynecologic surgeons should easily gain comfort in performing abdominal or perineal nerve blocks, more sophisticated testing can be conducted by a neurologist.

Modern quantitative sensory testing can apply precise thermal or electrical stimuli to characterize nerve, electromyographic, and cortical evoked potentials that quantify and potentially localize the site of impairment.

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While some widespread central pain conditions have demonstrated consistent deficits on QST, future work is needed to validate its specific ability to evaluate nerve damage in pelvic pain conditions. Normative values for vaginal sensation have been determined that could allow for future comparisons, and impairments in tactile thresholds have been reported in women with suspected pudendal neuropathy.

All patients experiencing chronic pelvic pain should be given benefits of comprehensive multimodal and multidisciplinary pain management, which refers to interventional nerve blocks, surgical interventions, including decompression of entrapped nerves, treatment with medication proven its efficacy in treatment of neuropathic pain in general, physical therapy modalities, psychological counseling and training and treatment with complementary alternative medicine.

In this review we will focus on nerve blocks, decompressive surgical interventions and medication management. Nerve blocks should be considered the first step in managing a compressed nerve for because they can provide diagnostic information while providing acute pain relief. For many of the peripheral neuropathic pain disorders of the abdomen and pelvis, nerve blocks using local anesthetic, with or without steroids, are used to reduce the spontaneous ectopic activity of the involved nerve. Particularly for pd pudendal nerve pain and vulvar pain, a series of monthly local anesthetic blocks have reduced symptoms in small, uncontrolled studies.

Although high quality evidence is limited, many clinicians view a clinically meaningful degree of improvement as interpreted by the patient, persisting around two to four hours depending on which anesthetic is used following a block to warrant a series of repeated blocks. An interval separated by a Clit Northshore in pa weeks to a month is generally accepted. The occasional patient will experience dramatic, prolonged reduction of symptoms. These patients had a wide variety of mononeuropathies distributed across different segmental dermatomes.

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We typically inject in the office either bupivicaine 0. In particular with pudendal neuropathy some practitioners prefer a CT guided approach transgluteally versus the classic obstetrical transvaginal injection approach medial to the ischial spine, but evidence is predominantly anecdotal and limited to a select group of specialized centers globally. Nevertheless, it has been recently demonstrated that pain scores after diagnostic nerve block predicts outcome after surgical management of neuroma.

When an acute mononeuropathy is suspected, aggressive decompressive efforts by physical therapy or surgery may be the most ideal treatment after conservative approaches have failed. In the ideal setting, an anatomical cause for Clit Northshore in pa pain can be identified and reversed.

Sadly, the published literature is sparse with reports of treatment of such conditions following pelvic surgery. Nevertheless, several case reports warrant mention. The best example is acute ilioinguinal or iliohypogastric nerve entrapment following fascial closure of abdominal wall incisions, such as with inguinal herniorrhaphy, pfannenstiel incisions, or even lateral endoscopic port closure. Both failed an aggressive initial attempt at nonsurgical medical management.

Similar relief has been described with release of an entrapped branch of the pudendal nerve a year after cystocele surgery and in two patients who potentially had lumbosacral nerve roots compromised at time of uterosacral vault suspension that responded to prompt suture removal within two weeks of the original surgery. Many cases clearly do resolve with observation and pain control, and clearly a dialogue with the patient will guide how quickly this decision is made.

The surgical management of pudendal neuropathic pain deserves separate mention. Surgical decompression of the nerve aims to free it from a compressed position between the sacrospinous and sacrotuberous ligament. The predominant approaches have been described through either the transgluteal or transischiorectal fossa by two separate French teams.

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These small studies suggest that prompt recognition and release of potential nerve entrapment after surgery can be effective, but that further research is needed. Particularly for pudendal nerve release surgery, referral to a specialist may be best, given the limited experience most gynecologists will have with these surgical approaches. Unfortunately, failure rates and improvement over conservative management for these revision procedures are unknown based on the lack of comparative studies with any ificant long-term follow-up.

Similarly, small case studies have suggested either abdominal wall or retroperitoneal ligation of injured ilioinguinal, iliohypogastric, or genitofemoral nerves can be effective when a release is not feasible. In specialty pain clinics a variety of more aggressive interventions have been described to attempt to alter aberrant pain processing at all potential targets of the neuraxis— including radiofrequency ablation of Clit Northshore in pa nerves, lumbar sympathectomy or stimulation of the peripheral nerve, spinal cord, brainstem, or cerebral cortex.

Unfortunately, adequately powered, pelvic pain-specific randomized controlled trials are generally lacking and extrapolating from a small of case series to general practice is risky given the wide potential for adverse outcomes when targeting neural structures involved in critical homeostatic processes. Pharmacological therapy is used frequently for neuropathic pain, although the specific data for pelvic pain disorders is also quite limited.

Unfortunately, only about half of patients experience clinical relief in randomized trials on medications, and frequently only partial relief. The classic diabetic polyneuropathy and post-herpetic mononeuropathies are generally treated with tricyclic antidepressants or atypical antidepressants and anticonvulsants.

Of note, multiple randomized controlled trials have shown that lamotrigine, an anticonvulsant, does not appear to be effective for a of neuropathic pain conditions. For abdominal wall nerve entrapment syndromes there are only a few case reports reporting relief with anticonvulsants or antidepressants. Many women will have already tried nonsteroidal antiinflammatories to self-manage neuropathic pain, but unfortunately the data on efficacy is limited. Level 1 evidence exists that opioids produce superior analgesia to placebo in neuropathic pain over short periods of time, but these have not been Clit Northshore in pa studied in abdomino-pelvic neuropathic pain conditions.

Chronic utilization is complicated by multiple side effects, least of which are effects on visceral functions such as constipation. Localized peripheral nerve disorders may also be treated with the application of topical local anesthetics lidocaine trandermal patches. Manual techniques such as physical therapy pose minimal risk, and may be appropriate when suspected concomitant myofascial dysfunction is present such as the presence of muscle spasm that plausibly is contributing to nerve dysfunction.

Connective tissue release, embedded in many physical therapy programs, may produce an effect by resolving ectopic nerve activity.

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These modalities can be difficult to standardize, unfortunately. While basic research has demonstrated exercise is beneficial for peripheral neuropathy and related chronic muscle pain additional clinical research is required to prove its efficacy. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation TENS is often incorporated with pharmacotherapy and has good evidence for efficacy from a double-blinded, randomized controlled trial of active transvaginal TENS vs.

Similarly, acupuncture may also have a role, given its efficacy in a randomized controlled trial for diabetic neuropathy. This brief episode highlights the fact that clinicians familiar with pelvic neuroanatomy should feel comfortable using some simple principles to judiciously manage patients with pelvic neuropathic pain. Early recognition of entrapped nerves can permit application of approaches to remove or reduce acute compression including physical therapy or acute surgical revision.

Selective nerve blocks may aid in making the diagnosis of a potentially reversible process. When these initial efforts prove ineffective, the use of antidepressant and anticonvulsant type neuromodulators can be safely prescribed by gynecologists to reduce symptoms, in combination with judicious use of shorter-acting pain relievers. Evolving approaches to change aberrant nerve activity such as surgical ligation or invasive neuromodulation will require further investigation.

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