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Current Rheumatology Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-3971
ISSN (Online): 1875-6360

Male Pelvic Pain: Beyond Urology and Chronic Prostatitis

Author(s): Jeannette M. Potts

Volume 12, Issue 1, 2016

Page: [27 - 39] Pages: 13

DOI: 10.2174/1573397112666151231110656

Price: $65


Chronic pelvic pain in men has often been misdiagnosed as prostatitis. After excluding serious or acute urological, neurological or colorectal conditions, it is essential to approach these patients with a much more comprehensive criteria. Thoughtful interview and methodical physical examination can very often reveal pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, Myofascial pain syndromes, Functional Somatic Syndrome/Central Sensitization Syndromes and/or psychosocial distress. One must be aware that many of these syndromes frequently overlap. Acknowledgement of these conditions and validation of both their physical and psychological distress is paramount to creating trust and confidence in the patient. These are the cornerstones for empowerment and self-care required in the management of chronic pelvic pain.

Keywords: Central sensitization syndromes, chronic pelvic pain, empowerment, functional somatic syndromes, myofascial pain syndrome, myofascial trigger points, neuroendocrine dysfunction, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, prostatitis, self-care.

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