Treatment Options

  • Relaxation techniques: Special techniques including breathing exercises that you can perform on your own at home to help your abdominal muscles relax
  • Behavioral therapies: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, and psychotherapy can help reduce your anxiety, so you can focus on other things besides your pain.
  • Medical nutrition therapy: We can help you find foods that are less likely to upset your stomach.
  • Medication: Avoiding medicines that can upset your stomach, including aspirin and ibuprofen, may help you feel better. You may also need medication to help relieve your symptoms, including antidepressants for anxiety.
  • Pain management: Your treatment may include medications, stress management or alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, or other injections (see below)

Ilioinguinal Nerve Block

Transversus Abdominus Block

Similar to the ilioinguinal block above this block is placed higher in the abdomen to provide relief. A numbing medicine and steroid are injected on the side of the abdomen that is causing pain in the area where the nerves that send the pain signals are. The procedure can produce immediate relief and last for several months.

Epidural Steroid Injection

Sometimes the pain is coming from the back and wrapping into the abdomen or groin. When this happens an epidural may be a good option to manage the pain for 3-6 months.

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