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patient stories

Chronic pelvic pain

a typical patient profile

Medical condition

  • Suffered since having her second child 12 years ago
  • Vomiting and debilitating pain during menstruation
  • Developed varices on her buttocks and legs
  • Severe pain during sex
  • Rx HRT, pain killers, antidepressants

Social and Personal

  • No longer wants to have physical relationship
  • Struggles to cope at work being on her feet
  • Embarrassed to socialize
  • Husband struggling to understand
  • Heavy menstruation so unable to go out

Feelings and Thoughts

  • “My legs look horrible”
  • “I don’t want to go to the beach”
  • “I don’t want people to look at me"
  • “I don’t want to have sex, it’s painful”
  • “Is this my life now”


  • 42 years old
  • Married with 3 children (15, 12, 8)
  • Part-time employment
  • Husband in full-time


  • Used to cycle with the children
  • Weekend house by the beach

Family Support

  • Family all live close by
  • Parents help when chronic pelvic pain is at it’s worse

patient stories