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A Headache in the Pelvis: A New Understanding and Treatment for Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes [Paperback]

PH.D. Wise David , Rodney U. Anderson
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  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: National Center for Pelvic Pain Research; 5 Revised edition (May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972775544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972775540
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.4 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very happy 19 Feb 2013
By gabi
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1.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't work 17 April 2010
By Zilina
I read the book when it was first published and was very excited. I thought that I had found a solution at last. The author clearly has a powerful story as a pelvic pain sufferer himself.
I enrolled in the clinic offered by the author and followed the program for more than a year scrupulously.
For the first few months I thought that I was improving but eventually I came to the hard conclusion that it was probably only a placebo response.
At the end, the protocol did not work at all for me. I kept in touch with the other participants I met at the author's clinic and with some other participants also (altogether 12 people). I am sorry to report that none of us have recovered using the Wise-Anderson protocol. To be fair, one of the participants reported that he is slightly more functional but not pain free. For the other participants, the program made no difference whatsoever. Most of the participants to the author's pelvic pain clinic after 2-3 years eventually moved on to different treatments with more or less success.
I unfortunately noticed that the vast majority of the positive reviews on Amazon for this book and associated treatment are coming from people that are just reading the book or have just started the protocol and it may be a bit of wishful thinking. You can talk yourself out of pain for a while but it doesn't last unfortunately.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtually cured through the book and the clinic 19 July 2010
I am writing a review as this book and the clinic that is described in the book have helped to restore me to full health. I suffered with Chronic Pelvic Pain for three years and it was not until I spoke to the author and attended his clinic in California that I began to climb my way back out of the nightmare that my life had become.

The first thing to say is that the book makes it quite clear that this is an approach to consider when no pathological or mechanical reasons have been found for your symptoms. It also makes it quite clear that it cannot help everyone. Finally, the book does not suggest that this problem is "in your head" instead it talks about very real physical symtoms.

After reading the book I spoke to Doctor Wise a number of times before attending the clinic and he puts no pressure on you whatsoever to attend - I only experienced kindness and the relief of finally talking to someone who seemed to understand the bewildering array of symptoms I was experiencing. The book gives you a balanced overview of the current state of knowledge and treatment Chronic Pelvic Pain and then describes a multi-disciplinary approach to the problem incorporating physiotherapy, CBT and relaxation. The key is to learn how to heal yourself and I found that unless you follow all elements of the approach you will not acheive the results that you desire.

I attended the clinic a year ago I am now 99% cured apart from when I get out of the habit of following the programme. I am in email contact with a couple of others who attended the clinic and they have achieved significant improvement or near cure.
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