Although there are theories on what triggers PBS, the actual cause or causes are not yet known. Nor is there a clear way to diagnose it other than the pain lasting more than six weeks and ruling out all other possible causes, so be prepared as the process can take quite a while.
Currently, there is no cure, but there are things that can be done to help alleviate symptoms and improve daily function. These vary from the simple, such as good bladder habits and avoiding certain foods and drinks through to medication and surgery. You can read more about the treatments here.
Some people find counselling that has been specifically developed to help individual’s cope with chronic pain useful. If this sounds like an option you’d like to explore, you can read more about it here on the Australian Pain Management Association website.
Ask your doctor for more information and a referral to a specialist counsellor in your area.
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