Society Logo
ME/CFS Australia Ltd
Please click here to donate ME/CFS South Australia Inc

Registered Charity 3104


Mailing address:

PO Box 322,
Modbury North,
South Australia 5092

1300 128 339

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday,
10am - 4pm

ME/CFS South Australia Inc supports the needs of sufferers of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related illnesses. We do this by providing services and information to members.


ME/CFS South Australia Inc aims to keep members informed of various research projects, diets, medications, therapies, news items, etc. All communication, both verbal and written, is merely to disseminate information and not to make recommendations or directives.

Unless otherwise stated, the views expressed on this Web site are not necessarily the official views of the Society or its Committee and are not simply an endorsement of products or services.

Become a Member
DOCX Application Form (Word, 198 KB)
Why become a member?

Vulvar pain linked to Fibromyalgia and chronic pain

Thursday 9 August 2012


From American News Report:


Doctor viewing scans with patientVulvar Pain Linked to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain


Women with chronic vulvar pain, or vulvodynia, are at a substantially increased risk for other chronic pain conditions, according to a University of Michigan Health System study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The new research reveals that women suffering from this painful vaginal condition have between a two and three times more likelihood of having other chronic pain conditions, including fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and bladder pain.

Vulvodynia is chronic vulvar pain that consists of burning, stinging, soreness, or rawness in the area at the opening of the vagina. To date, it has no identified cause, although a genetic component or nerve injury may be the culprit. The pain can be so severe that it makes exercise, intercourse and even sitting unbearable. The condition may occur for months, but can last for years.

“Chronic pain conditions like these can seriously hamper quality of life and it’s imperative that we understand the commonality among them,” says lead author Barbara D. Reed, a professor of family medicine at the U-M Medical School. “”Chronic pain is starting to get a lot more attention, with more research being done on all of these disorders, as well as combinations of these disorders. I think the identification and treatment of these conditions will continue to improve.”

For the study, Reed and her colleagues used data from a follow up survey of nearly 2,000 southeastern Michigan women. The original study findings revealed that over 25 percent of women surveyed had been experiencing chronic vulvar pain, but only two percent of them ever sought treatment.

“Women who have these disorders often see physicians but are not given a diagnosis or are given an erroneous diagnosis and continue to suffer without being treated properly,” Reed says. “Until their symptoms have a name, it can be really discouraging because patients begin thinking it’s all in their head.

“Millions of people in theU.S.have chronic pain. This report stresses the need to further study relationships between these types of disorders to help understand common patterns and shared features.”

One in four women suffer from chronic vulvar pain at some point in their lifetime, according to the National Volvodynia Association.


The above originally appeared here.


Arrow right

More Fibromyalgia News



blog comments powered by Disqus
Previous Previous Page