I have lived with chronic pelvic pain most of my life but had my symptoms dismissed and misdiagnosed for over 15 years. Since 2018 I have been diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis/BPS, Endometriosis, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Tarlov Cysts, Fibromyalgia and Lupus (SLE).
I hope that what I share on my blog will help others advocate for themselves, better navigate the healthcare system and find the care and treatment they deserve.
I write as a hobby, to spread awareness and shine light on pelvic pain and my struggles living with chronic illness. What started as a coping strategy, has now turned into something that gives me great meaning and purpose.
I advocate to help ensure a better future for all and to assist pelvic pain patients and their families in coping with their chronic pain and emotional stress.
I create to put something good into the world. Since becoming chronically ill and unable to work as a designer, it gives me back a sense of purpose and achievement.
What The Community Is Saying
The Happy Pelvis is encouraging, full of helpful resources and directories and accurately covers all the basics of pelvic pain with sensitivity and commonsense. It’s the best patient run site I’ve found where everything is in one place and the information is written really clearly and accurately. It’s the pelvic pain website I’ve been looking for, I send it to everyone who contacts me about pelvic pain and doesn’t know where to start or where to go next.
Helping others has enabled Michelle to find purpose in her pain and I have no doubt that she will continue to offer hope and education to so many through The Happy Pelvis.
Martina Skrela, PT + Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist
If you are interested in my health journey or how to make the best out of life when living with chronic pelvic pain, take a look at the latest blog posts below.
Do you have pain with intimacy? Debilitating periods? Chronic urinary tract infections? You're not alone!
Join pelvic health advocate Michelle M., as she interviews others in the community struggling with their pelvic health, as well as experts and practitioners who want to bridge the gaps in pelvic healthcare accessibility and bring awareness to the hurdles individuals face as a result of chronic pelvic pain.
Each episode contains powerful information to help you navigate and educate yourself to empower you to advocate for the care you deserve.
004: Dr. Nucelio Lemos talks about the emerging discipline of Neuropelveology
byThe Happy Pelvis
On this episode, Michelle and Dr. Nucelio Lemos chat about Neuropelveology and how it is a new concept in medicine that is not yet a subspecialty because it is still developing.
Neuropelveology is bringing together the concept of gynecologic laparoscopy, with concept with peripheral neural surgery to approach conditions that affect the intrapelvic portions (within the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen between the hip bones) of the lumbosacral plexus.
It can consist of nerve roots that form sciatic, the pudendal, femoral nerve. The nerves to the pelvic floor, the perineum and the legs. These nerves all originate and form in the deeper layers of the pelvis.
Neuropelveology uses advanced laparoscopic nerve surgery techniques to approach the nerve roots. With the knowledge that is learned from these approaches (which started with the goal of preserving nerves during surgery), they then learned more and more about conditions related to pain related to those nerves, such as endometriosis and a long list of other inrtapelvic conditions.
About Dr. Nucelio Lemos
Dr. Lemos did his medical training and postgraduate training in gynecology, urogynecology and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, as well as a PhD in Gynecology. He then attended a Fellowship in Pelvic Neurodysfunctions by the International School of Neuropelveology in Zurich, Switzerland.
He is currently the Chairman of the Scientific and Education Committee of the Latin American Pelvic Floor Association (ALAPP). He is also a Founding Member of the International Society of Neuropelveology and the Director of the School of Pelvic Pain of the International Continence Society Institute.
In 2017 he made his way to Canada where he was appointed Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he currently is creating the Pelvic Functional Surgery and Neuropelveology Clinic at Mount Sinai and Women’s College Hospitals in Toronto, Canada.
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