Hi everyone, I've been struggling for a year and half with pelvic pain, which might be called levator ani syndrome or perhaps pudendal nerve neuralgia / entrapment. I have tried many things to become pain free but no matter what I do, I can't seem to reduce my symptoms - they seem to have a life of their own. I suffer with tension, tingling, and what feels like a foreign presence that moves between the perineum and back of the rectum. It is debilitating and frustrating. I have a very long medical history which includes 3 urethral stricture operations, at age 12, 14, and 23, a paralyzed wrist for 6 months due to a fall, bipolar disorder resulting in 5 years of intermittent, involuntary pscyh hospitalizations, and an L5-S1 discectomy and an inguinal hernia operation at age 36. I also had something called hyperacusis for 2 years after having a punctured ear drum. Prior to this "non bacterial prostatitis" as they call it, I had two other symptoms - a tight, uncomfortable feeling in my upper chest/left shoulder, and a hellish two week period of interstitial cystitis where I was urinating 15 times a day. I have been to a proctologist and was told it isn't hemmorhoids. A gastroenterologist who I actually like said "Western medicine doesn't have good answers". I was scheduled for a CT scan but at the last minute decided it was a waste of time and money. Initially I thought maybe my hernia mesh was somehow involved. I have delved into the TMS area once again, and just finished the Mind-Body Connection. My pelvic floor therapist also suggested I explore this area (though it certainly contradicts the work I'm doing with her). There's no doubt I have a lot of anger, especially about my dad, an M.D who doesn't think very much of the hell i went through with the urethral stricture operations as a kid and the resulting terrible time I had trying to deal with that in puberty. I understand accepting the diagnosis is key. Perhaps the bit I struggle with is the electric sensations I get in the pelvis, thinking the pudendal nerve has been entrapped or irritated along with a muscle spasm. I worry that I did it to myself during masturbation. I felt something "glitch" back there. Perhaps it's the same thing as the "snapping" feeling I had in my back that precipitated my back surgery. I'm just working through this and I appreciate anyone who reads and offers feedback. Thanks.