The topic of Ketamine infusions can elicit some strong concerns. Some clinicians are familiar with a type of infusion known as “Ketamine comas,” in which people are placed in a medical coma and stay in an ICU for treatment. This is often viewed as quite extreme, and risky; and leaves many wondering the efficacy of such a treatment when the patient is not actively participating in recovery from a brain/pain connection. For clarification, the coma is not the only protocol available. Ketamine infusions can involve: 1. Outpatient “awake” protocol 2. Low-dose inpatient protocol 3. Ketamine coma. (In addition, there are now physicians who prescribe compounded ointments with Ketamine as one of the medications. This is not the same as an infusion. There’s not enough data at this time about efficacy and safety of this approach with topicals.) Our guest blogger, Dr. Allison Wells, MD, is sharing information about the outpatient procedure. ~ Tracy Sher of Pelvic GuruRead More
True story – During graduate school (Northwestern shout out) for physical therapy over 15 years ago, I distinctly remember turning to a friend in class and stating emphatically, “Mark my words, I will NEVER EVER do what the therapist is doing in that video. NEVER. Why are we even seeing this in class?”. You may wonder…Read More
Have you ever heard of pelvic physical therapy before? Many have not, but this specialty can be a crucial part of someone’s complete medical care – for women, men, and even children. As one my patients recently said, “I had no idea this sort of thing exists, but I’m sure glad I found it because…Read More
If you have an interest in pelvic health, you’ll likely want to bookmark this post for reference! What an exciting year for Pelvic Guru! I started Pelvic Guru in mid-2012 with the goal of providing good information, injected with humor at times, regarding anything related to pelvic health. The amount of support and engagement on…Read More
September was officially Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, but the awareness should go on all year. Here’s the latest trending of “hot topics” regarding #ovarian cancer on Twitter in the month of October (2012). Check it out. The links are provided. Women’s Health Mag @WomensHealthMag Taking aspirin may reduce your risk…Read More
Pelvic Guru is excited to share GYN cancer recovery advice from a patient’s perspective. The words of wisdom are from a strong, wonderful woman who has gone through a comprehensive treatment plan including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to fight stage 3 endometrial cancer. She has taken a very dedicated, proactive approach to recovery and is doing…Read More
“Generally, a woman has the same treatment schedule and will feel good at certain times during the chemotherapy cycle. When she is feeling strong enough to exercise, she should. If she is not feeling well, rest is important.” http://www.everydayhealth.com/ovarian-cancer/exercise-for-ovarian-cancer-patients.aspx?xid=tw_womenscancer_20120227_cancer Exercise is highly recommended when you feel you can tolerate it. Choose exercises that you can…Read More
Gynecologic cancers include malignancies of the female genital tract involving the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, Fallopian tubes or ovaries. A common treatment involves radiation therapy (also known as radiotherapy). Radiation therapy involves treatment with high energy rays (such as x-rays) with the intent to shrink or kill cancer cells. The Radiation Elephant in the Room:…Read More
It is with great passion and sincere hope that I share this website link with you. There are so many patients we touch every day who crave love and intimacy, but feel isolated and alone because they cannot tolerate having full sexual intercourse. This happens to both men and women. For example- Some male patients have severely painful ejaculations or pain with any touch to the genitals; while women may not be able to tolerate vaginal penetration at all due to pain or adhesions/scarring from gyn radiation therapy. This is real, but we can help. If an individual’s goal is to have full sexual intercourse, then we want to aim treatment at achieving this. However, just remember that it may not be an end goal OR it just may not be realistic for that individual. Here’s another option.
This will continue to be a hot topic we will further explore in additional postings.
Here’s another link for the ABC story featuring this website: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/cancer-survivor-creates-website-sex-love/story?id=14285437&page=2#.T5S3UO33DPARead More