ARILEX Center for Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain, led by board-certified anesthesiologist, Gary G. Theofilis, DO, MBA, DABAM, DAAIM, is an advanced pain treatment facility that offers pudendal neuralgia treatment to women in or around Atlanta, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Milton, GA, and throughout the United States.
What is Pudendal Neuralgia?
Pudendal neuralgia is a condition that occurs when the pudendal nerve is damaged or irritated, resulting in chronic pelvic pain. The pudendal nerve is the nerve that runs straight through the buttocks and into the perineum. The perineum is the section of skin between your anus and vagina. Imagine sitting on a bicycle—it’s that area that touches the bicycle seat and makes you a little uncomfortable after each ride, hence why pudendal neuralgia is also known as bicyclist syndrome. Pudendal neuralgia can cause symptoms of numbness in the vaginal area, sharp burning sensation, or more sensitivity to the area. This can make using the bathroom or sexual intercourse uncomfortable.
What Causes Pudendal Neuralgia?
There are several causes of pudendal neuralgia including excessive sitting, the thickening of ligaments, or a tumor pressing against the neuralgia nerve. Injuries and surgeries in and around the pudendal nerve area can also result in pudendal neuralgia. It is common in women as a result of child birth.
How is Pudendal Neuralgia Treated?
Treatment usually is a combination of medical intervention and lifestyle changes. If the pudendal nerve is irritated from sitting or cycling too much, lifestyle changes are ordered where you sit up and stand straight more to alleviate pressure being placed on the nerve. Nerve blocking is also a common treatment.
Dr. Gary G. Theofilis, a board-certified anesthesiologist in interventional pain, addiction medicine, and integrative medicine, will assess your condition and determine where your pudendal nerve is being compressed. From there, he will devise treatment based on where you’re having pain. Sometimes, the lesion that women have may be felt more toward the top part of the vagina as opposed to the bottom or middle part. Treatment is all dependent on the individual patient’s needs.
How Much Does Pudendal Neuralgia Treatment Cost?
Costs will vary based on the specific treatment needed and the individual needs of the patient. All costs will be discussed prior to treatment during your personal consultation at ARILEX Center for Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain. For your convenience, we accept cash and credit cards as forms of payment.
If you suffer from pudendal neuralgia and are in need of treatment, contact Dr. Gary G. Theofilis, a board-certified anesthesiologist in interventional pain, addiction medicine, and integrative medicine from ARILEX Center for Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain. We serve women in and around Atlanta, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Milton, GA, and throughout the United States.