Proposal Essay English 102 Final

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Is the pain, “All in my Head”, or is it something else?

A Research Proposal

Heather Brown

English 102 Class 34055

Lesson 8: A Research Proposal

Instructor: Susan Rockwell

31, December, 2011

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Heather Brown

English 102 Class 34055

Lesson 8: A Research Proposal

Instructor: Susan Rockwell

31, December, 2011

Interstitial Cystitis(IC)/Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS)

Is the pain, “All in my Head”, or is it something else?

It is estimated that over 3.3 million U.S. women, or 2.7 percent, who are 18 years of age or older have pelvic pain and other symptoms, such as urinary urgency or frequency, that are associated with IC/PBS. An estimated 1.6 million men, or 1.3 percent, who are 30 to 79 years old have persistent symptoms, such as pain with bladder filling or pain relieved by bladder emptying, that are associated with PBS (“NIDDK”). My preliminary research shows that the government is giving more money for research, doctors are learning more, and patients are taking their health care into their own hands concerning this very confusing and painful disease. My thesis supports will focus on how IC/PBS is diagnosed, where the pain is coming from and the many treatments options that are available once you’ve been diagnosed with IC/PBS and how it is possible to get some relief from the pain.

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Through my research I hope to explain how paramount this disease really is and what can be done about it. The benefit to this paper is that it will give knowledge to the readers about the dire situation and will help them to be proactive about it. Through the research I am hoping that I can better understand and make changes in my own health care decisions so I can live without so much pain. I want to write about this subject because I have been struggling with my health issues over the last 20 years and pain has been a major factor in my life. I also want to educate myself on Urinary disorders and pain so I can help my family members if and when these symptoms occur. Finally, I am the Leader of the Phoenix I. C. Support Group and since I. C. is now such a ruling factor in my life, and since part of my project will focus on the importance of the support group to it’s members, part of my audience with be the patient that has been diagnosed with IC/PBS and those who understand the great need to have a good support system. The other audience I hope to reach is Doctors, and especially those in the Urologic and Gynecologic specialties that don’t have much experience with IC/PBS or Chronic pelvic pain and misdiagnose all too frequently.

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Review of Sources

I have found several sources on the internet and in online databases such as Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome from the NIDDK website and Complementary and Alternative Therapies as Treatment Approaches for Interstitial Cystitis, from reviews in Urology, and, Ending Pelvic Pain from the Women’s Health Channel. I’ve also gone to the library and found numerous books which I will also use. But, because this is such a “confusing” topic in the medical field right now, I want to make sure to have the most current information. Most of the web sources I have researched (the ICA, the ICN) agree that the more misdiagnoses that are given out, the longer people are suffering from pain and it will continue to do this unless Doctor’s and patient’s can get better educated and the government can provide more funding for research. Most of my sources cite experts in the industry and they discuss and seem to share the same goal that they want people to be educated about their health through early diagnosis so the appropriate treatment can be used.

Some of the general Websites, like NIDDK, give current facts showing statistical information related to Kidney and Urologic disorders. One book (Wendy Cohan’s) offers...
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