WHY IS PELVIC HEALTH SO IMPORTANT?
Before my pelvic pain became a daily dilemma, I just thought my recurrent bladder infections (Or so I thought they were) over the years, were just plain bad luck. I had no clue about the connection that all my organs had to muscles, ligaments and other surrounding tissues. Female pelvic health relies on the health of the bladder and bowel function, pelvic floor muscle function, and visceral sensations (the ability to feel pain or sensation in an organ).
Our organs and muscles in our pelvis share nerves with other abdominal organs and surrounding areas, such as the buttocks, hips and thighs. If there is a malfunction of an organ, muscle or tissue, you are more likely to develop chronic pelvic pain. There is limited real estate in the small female pelvis, so this results in multiple disorders for many women. For good pelvic health, finding out what your pain generator is (if disease is present) and seeking a certified pelvic floor physiotherapist that can help you relieve pain associated with your pelvic floor and conditions.
WHAT COULD BE CAUSING THE PELVIC PAIN?
Below are some common pain generators:
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
- Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome
- Pudendal Neuralgia
- Bowel issues – IBS, Proctalgia Fugax, Crohn’s etc.
CLICK HERE to read about how I manage my IC/PFD flares
WHY PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP YOUR PELVIC PAIN
Your pelvic floor is an interwoven series of muscle fibres, tissue, and ligaments that are connected to your pelvis and tailbone. It acts as a support system for the organs located in your pelvic area, including your bladder, small intestine, rectum, the uterus and vagina. If one of these organs has an issue, your pelvic floor will either lose strength (Hypotonicity) or tighten up (Hypertonicity) depending on your situation.
A PFT can access you and create a plan to get those muscles to start functioning correctly which can then lead to complete, or even some pain relief. I have a hypertonic pelvic floor since my pelvic floor muscles have been trying to protect my bladder from repeated trauma for a ridiculous amount of years (Chronic UTI’s). I am currently working with my PFTs (Pelvic Floor Therapists) to teach these muscles to relax.
Here’s some proof that it can work: I was in a typical IC/Painful Bladder Syndrome flare about multiple times a week. It just so happened that one day when I was scheduled for physio, I had a debilitating flare. It was so bad, that I was in tears walking into the office. My PFT was able to get my pain down to a manageable level which proves to me, that my Pelvic Floor is playing an important role in my flares, not only my bladder.
This is one of the main treatments I’m currently doing for my pelvic pain. My Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist told me it won’t happen overnight but within 6-12 months of physio, I should be able to get the pain relief I need and learn all the tools I need to manage my pain without having to go twice a week. Yes, it’s a long time but I’m willing to keep going and trying so I can get my life back! I understand many people are different and what works for one person may not work for another but at the very least, please try it out. It could help you get your life back.
NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS + PAIN RELIEF
Below I will tell you what supplements I am on to help with my IC symptoms, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and possible Endometriosis. I am not here to promote any product. Below is what I am taking based on my own medical journey and research. Always ask your doctor before trying a new supplement.
- Marshmallow Root – repair the bladder lining
- Aloe Vera Pills – repair the bladder lining
- Magnesium Glycinate – for proper muscle function
- Vitamin D – my levels are currently low
- D-Mannose powder – UTI prevention
- Berberine – UTI Prevention
- Probiotics – overall health
- Warm baths
- Heating pad
- Ice packs
- Medical Marijuana – CBD Oil and plant
- Compound suppositories – Diazepam, Gabapentin, Amitriptyline, Valium combined
A lot of my pelvic pain is generated from my IC and endometriosis/adenomyosis, so I have adjusted my diet to focus on decreasing inflammation and eliminating trigger foods. Since starting this diet, it has allowed me to go from being bed bound every day, to a few good days a month. On the Nutrition + Recipe page, I briefly state various diets women with pelvic pain are trying to alleviate their symptoms, as well as some recipes I have tried and loved so far.
This site is NOT intended to be a substitute for medical care nor medical advice. All information on this site is for general information purposes only. This site is NOT offering medical advice & by viewing this site you understand that your medical choices are your responsibility.