|Entry Date||February 17, 2021|
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|2. Tell us about your current program of research and/or activities and projects that you are currently involved in.|
My research interests include chronic and musculoskeletal pain, with a focus in female pelvic pain and associated sexual dysfunction. The projects in which I'm currently involved include 1) examining how exercise-induced muscle pain affects how our bodies modulate pain; 2) how COVID-19 has influenced healthcare and experiences of individuals with pelvic pain.
|4. Where do you see your career going in the future? What are your goals and aspirations?|
My goals are to develop a line of research that informs and improves clinical practice and care of women with pelvic pain. I hope that my works helps to reduce the stigma surrounding talking about pelvic and sexual pain and leads to more people getting the help they need.
|6. If you would like us to tag you on Facebook, please provide your Facebook link or handle:||Meryl Alappattu|
|5. Tell us something fun that you do in your spare time or any hobbies that you enjoy.|
My guilty pleasures (although I don't actually feel any guilt about these) are Bravo and TikTok.
|3. Tell us about how you got involved in pain and/or aging research. Was there a moment that inspired you?|
When I was working as a physical therapist treating people with pelvic pain, I was surprised (and frustrated) when some people seemed to do really well with the treatment I provided and others did not. For the patients who responded well to therapy, therapy was life-changing for them in a great way. For people who did not respond well, it seemed to me that I was just another failed stop on these individuals' journey to try and relieve their pain. I want to better understand what variables contribute to how well people respond to different therapies and what we as healthcare providers can do do maximize these positive outcomes.