rystal Carroll, a mother of two in her 30s, began experiencing pelvic pain
during her pregnancy with her first child. The pain became worse after the birth
of her daughter, making it difficult to be intimate with her husband. After
suffering for about six months, she made an appointment with a pelvic
“I needed this not only for myself but for my marriage,” she said.
Carroll described her pain as a “barrier” not allowing penetration all the way through. It was so painful that she would end up crying and asking her husband to stop.
The specialist diagnosed her with interstitial cystitis, also called painful
bladder syndrome. She was prescribed medications and took them for
several months with no relief of symptoms and with added side effects.
She returned to the physician, who then tried twice-monthly injections
into the bladder and massage therapy. This provided enough relief that
Carroll was able to become pregnant with her second child, but she was
still experiencing pain.
“During those years I endured many treatments, hoping that if I gave it enough
time I would finally start feeling some relief,” she said.
She reached a point where she just shut herself off, avoiding all affection, because
she didn’t want to deal with the pain.
Not wanting to give up, she sought a second opinion through the Pelvic Health Program
at the Norton Healthcare – St. Matthews campus, where she met Ali Azadi, M.D., a urogynecologist with Norton Women's Specialists – Urogynecology, and learned about
a special physical therapy program for pelvic health issues.
After some testing and exams, Dr. Azadi suggested Carroll see the physical therapist to help loosen her pelvic muscles. He also started her on a new medication.
Carroll finally has found not only relief, but pleasure again.
“It’s a hard story to tell, but one I want to share in hopes it will help other women,” she said.
On June 17, 2015, the Norton Healthcare – St. Matthews campus launched New Vision for Expectant Mothers. The service helps pregnant women who are experiencing withdrawal symptoms from opiates, alcohol and other addictive substances.
New Vision for Expectant Mothers provides a medically supervised hospital stay for up to seven days. Pregnant women with substance dependency issues receive compassionate care focused on the health and well-being of both mother and baby, along with education about the dangers of using alcohol or illegal substances while pregnant. Services include a physical, complete laboratory workup, nursing assessment, medication stabilization and discharge planning.
Norton Healthcare’s two Breast Health Centers offer a number of imaging technologies to patients, including ultrasound, MRI, stereotactic biopsy, ultrasound-guided biopsy and MRI-guided biopsy. Both locations, Norton Healthcare Pavilion and the Norton Healthcare –
St. Matthews campus, recently added tomosynthesis, or 3-D digital mammography.
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011, tomosynthesis captures images at multiple angles during a short scan, creating a three-dimensional picture of the breast. Tomosynthesis reduces the tissue overlap effect in the images, decreasing false positive results and making it easier to detect breast cancer even in dense breasts.
Another new technology, iodine seed localization, has been offered at Norton Hospital since January 2015. A radioactive seed is placed as a marker at a tumor site prior to breast surgery. The seed can be placed up to five days before surgery, increasing patient comfort and convenience.
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