February 2nd, 2022 10:13 am

And The Elephant in the Room is… Inflammation!

By |2023-02-17T10:32:00+11:00February 2nd, 2022|Categories: Blog, Help, Professional|Tags: , , , , |

'Pain is a unique experience' we've all heard it, and by now, most of us believe it. But, after viewing my personal genetic report, I'm now sure that pain is a unique experience.  Perhaps it's not even pain for some of us. It's not for me! This genetics investigation exposed the elephant standing by my side the last 15 years – actually, it's been with me all my life but it took an accident to begin its stampede! Official diagnosis – not pain; it's inflammation.  And it always has been! 

February 22nd, 2021 9:18 pm

A Chat With Anne-Florence Plante (my Diagnosing Physiotherapist)

By |2023-11-07T11:01:51+11:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: About, Advocacy, Learn, My treatment, Online, Personal resources, Pudendal Neuralgia|Tags: , , , , , |

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January 3rd, 2020 4:31 pm

Bitter Sweet and Still Confused

By |2022-09-06T11:40:14+10:00January 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog, The pain|Tags: , , , |

That was my endnote for 2019. As life evolves within my 3km radius, I find myself looking back less and less and looking forward more and more. Bitter, defines the heartache of not being able to see loved ones as often and the missing perks of our previous city life. Sweet, is being defined by new friends, the gallery, our new home and the sea that surrounds us. As for confused, another year has passed and I still don't feel anyone can quite define what's going on with my body. Does it matter heading into a new year?

April 15th, 2014 9:21 am

National Pain Report, My Story: A Pain in the Coccyx

By |2021-02-20T11:17:13+11:00April 15th, 2014|Categories: About, Advocacy, Blog, My treatment, Online|Tags: , , , , , |

(http://americannewsreport.com/nationalpainreport/my-story-a-pain-in-the-coccyx-8823596.html) The National Pain Report, my story. April 14th, 2014 by Soula Mantalvanos I begged my neurosurgeon to do anything, even to chop my coccyx off. But after getting opinions from other surgeons, he suggested not to go the invasive path as we had the option for an implant called a peripheral stimulator, a treatment that was reversible. It made more sense.

April 23rd, 2013 11:31 am

My ‘Fatty’ tail aint fat afterall!

By |2023-02-17T10:32:01+11:00April 23rd, 2013|Categories: About, Blog, My treatment|Tags: , , , , |

Closure really is something. Feeling like a niggling concern is finally put to rest can be so satisfying, it brings me such calm. Slowly, my pelvic chronic pain niggles are finding their place and providing me with the peace my body and mind needs so I can let go, move on and most of all feel my injury is clearly understood. I had another session with the wonderful Raffaele who continues to treat me fortnightly. I was ready to call the next nerve block last week but after yesterday I'm hopeful again and thinking I was in some kind of a flare. I can't expect (but I will!) that with my effective management flare ups will cease to happen. As I test my capacity and lift my full litres of milk occasionally, walk the dog and go out more often, I've got to expect at some point the body is going to say, 'hang on love, you're lifting too much milk!'

October 23rd, 2012 10:28 am

Back to life

By |2023-01-24T16:12:34+11:00October 23rd, 2012|Categories: About, Creativity, Living, The pain, Workcover|Tags: , , , , , , , |

...please gear up with me, imagine the drum rolls and the biggest mountain you can imagine with me standing on the tippy top yelling because this IS real, IT'S true, IT'S official: I'M BACK AT WORK!!!!!!!" No, I've not overdosed on my medication and the stress of a chronic pain issue has not damaged me enough to be hallucinating.., I. AM (wiggling heaps but all the same). SITTING. IN. A (very nice ergonomic). CHAIR. TYPING. THIS. POST!!!!

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