If you are experiencing chronic pelvic pain that just doesn’t go away, there are chances that you could be suffering from genitofemoral neuropathy. Damage to the genitofemoral nerve leads to this condition. The most common causes of damage to the genitofemoral nerve are:
- Abdominal trauma
- Pelvic trauma and
- Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral Neuropathy is commonly associated with diabetes.
Genitofemoral neuropathy is often confused with other types of neuropathic pain. Common symptoms are:
- Sharp or shooting pain in the abdomen
- Lower back ache and
- Throbbing pain between the legs
The pain is persistent in a few people whereas others suffering with the same condition may experience it at times. Most patients report feeling the pain at short intervals of time. Standing for a long period of time and lying down can also cause the pain to flare up.
The pain caused due to genitofemoral neuropathy can be cured and controlled by various techniques. A patient needs to get a thorough examination done by a neurologist. Once it is confirmed that the genitofemoral nerve is involved, the neurologist can suggest a suitable treatment plan. The extent of damage to the genitofemoral nerve also determines the course of the treatment.
Most patients suffering with genitofemoral neuropathy report being cured by nerve blocks. This involves injecting anaesthetic agent into the nerve. This prevents the nerve from carrying sensations. 90% of the patients report being cured of the pain by nerve blocks.
However, a few patients report increased pain and discomfort after getting a nerve block done. Therefore, it is very important to inject the anaesthetic agent in the right place. Wrong diagnosis may prove disastrous.
Other forms of treatment include:
- Oral medications
- Steroid injections
- Electrical stimulation