Thursday, September 8, 2011

Vulvadynia SUCKS.

I hate having vulvadynia. I hate it more than IC times like a billion.

I can handle IC. Peeing every 20 minutes. Feeling like you're peeing glass shards. Spending every spare moment hugging a heating pad. Being in a bitchy mood EVERY single second of the day because your life sucks. Yeah, I can actually handle that. I've done that.

What the doctor ordered!

About 6 months ago I stopped going to our support group meetings. Mainly, for two reasons- One, I felt pretty good most of the time, and being there made me feel sorry for the people in pain. Two, because the group is at a Urology group different from the one I use for IC treatment, and I decided I was tired of hearing people slam my doctor.

At first is was just a mild annoyance, but it started to add up, and it made me start to think negatively about my Urologist.

Thankfully, my husband was there to be my sounding board, and we were able to figure out why I was annoyed with the meetings, and why it was better that I not go. We also discovered that my doctor has helped me so much with me just following her advice, and that it was worth continuing to use her for my Urologist.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Physical Therapy

I recently finished a round of physical therapy & have since had several IC patients ask me about the results, etc. I decided to do a blog post about it to help answer some questions & break down what all was involved. I am only referring to my specific therapy regime, with my specific therapist, and cannot guarantee results or methods. Having said that, I personally believe that each IC patient suffers from PFD- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and I believe Physical Therapy to be a huge step in recovering from PFD.

I decided to start with a FAQ, then I'll follow that with a break down of what we did at each session of PT. I hope this helps those looking for answers, and gives anyone reading this a better idea of what living with & treating Interstitial Cystitis/Vulvodynia is like!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"Pain is your new normal"

Sounds like something your sergeant would say during boot camp, right? Well, it has sort of become my motto these past few years! I told my Physical Therapist what I meant, and she got it. My pain threshold has been raised (or lowered, depending on how you look at it) so that I am used to living in the level of pain that I have on a daily basis- it is my new "normal", the new "me".

I hadn't really noticed how used to pain I was until a couple of days last week I realized I had spent a couple hours with NO PAIN (at all!!) and it didn't hit me until the pain started up again. Wow, I wasn't in pain! That's kinda cool! (It's also kinda weird, as it feels like something is wrong with me!) Made me realize how much PT has helped me, and how far I've come since being diagnosed. So I thought I'd do a post about how I came to this point in my life.