Category Archives: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

24Oct/16

Women in pain

Recently I gave a talk to a group of female health professionals at the Inspiring Women in Medicine meeting entitled ‘Women in pain’. I spoke about the significant societal problem of women suffering persistent pain, which isRead More…

21Sep/15

Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is a painful condition, often exquisitely so, located in the vulva, which is the skin surrounding the vagina. Usually unexplained, this troubling condition can arise seemingly from nowhere, interfere with intimate relations and hence attemptsRead More…

22Oct/14

Girls, stress and pain

I have seen a number of teenage girls over the past year who are affected by chronic pain. They are often referred because of recurring headaches or migraines but we discover that there is widespread sensitiveRead More…

12Dec/13

Persisting pain and chronic stress — how much do they cost your business?

Persisting pain and chronic stress –> 20% of people suffer chronic pain according to recent figures. The number who describe feeling stressed is also high. In many cases, those who are in persisting pain will alsoRead More…

10Dec/13

Uncomfortably numb

Feeling numb can mean that the self has lost its physical presence, or in an emotional sense, feelings have become blunted. These are both different constructs of loss for which we are compelled to seek anRead More…

13Aug/13

Endometriosis & Melatonin | Women and Pain Series

Chronic pelvic pain is a troubling condition for many women. The reason for pelvic pain varies but certainly includes endometriosis where the lesions impact upon nerve health and function (see here) with consequential sensitisation. The purportedRead More…

05Nov/12

Women and pain | Part 1

  ‘As many as 50 million American women live with one or more neglected and poorly understood chronic pain conditions’  Generally I see more female patients than male. This observation supports the view that chronic pain is moreRead More…