May 15, 2008
The Anatomy of a Pudendal Nerve Flare
I finally got the replacement part for my kneeling chair and not a moment too soon. I'm in bad shape.
Last Thursday night I got injured doing my favorite activity in the world. It's amazing how the slightest shift in position can be the difference between pleasure and days of pain. Essentially, my partner came down and scraped the front of my snooch a couple times. Now everything around the opening of my urethra (sorry, I haven't found a better term for that) feels inflamed.
The next day when I became aware of the extent of the injury, I found myself thinking, "Ha, what would a pudendal nerve decompression surgery do for this? Nothing!"
Oh, how short-sighted we can be...
The initial trauma sent pain signals through my pudendal nerve to my brain. Those pain signals caused the nerve to flare. It was only a minor scrape. I have no doubt that it has healed by now. The flare is drastically worse than the original injury. At this point, the only source of relief is lying on my back. I can't even stand without pain.
I have my first CT-guided pudendal nerve block next Wednesday. At this rate, I should definitely be able to test of efficacy of that procedure.
The results should also verify if the decompression surgery is right for me.