Sufferers of chronic pelvic pain are not alone

“Ongoing research is unlocking some of the mysteries surrounding pelvic pain and the management of symptoms,” says Dr. Nickel, a Queen’s urology professor.

Chronic pain affects up to 20 per cent of the general population and can cause serious side effects such as sleep disturbance and depression, while affecting work performance and the ability to socialize with family and friends. Patients with prostate and bladder pain often experience moderate to severe discomfort, but they do not always have a good understanding of why the pain is occurring and how they can minimize their symptoms.

Dr. Nickel and colleague Ian Gilron are taking part in Cafe Scientifique, informal get-togethers held across Canada where experts interact with community members in a relaxed atmosphere.

“The goal of the cafe is to help people gain a greater understanding of the pain and to learn more about treatments to manage their pain,” says Dr. Nickel, who works out of Kingston General Hospital and established the Kingston Prostatitis and Interstitial Cystitis Chronic Pelvic Pain Research Clinics 15 years ago.

Dr. Gilron, an anesthesiologist and researcher who specializes in the study of new pain treatment, will use the cafe as an opportunity to talk about several common pain conditions, the impact of chronic pain on regular daily life and therapies that are currently being studied.

Click here for details on the Cafe Scientifique event in Kingston.