“If my doctor’s had more knowledge in pain science or chronic pelvic pain, I’m sure they would have given me the treatment needed to help me find relief and try to prevent me from developing Central Sensitization . ”
If my math is right, I’ve been living with chronic pain for over 15 years. I started feeling pelvic pain symptoms (debilitating cramps, abnormal bleeding, Vulvodynia, chronic urinary tract infections, IBS) around 13 years old.
Chronic illness isn’t new to me. I grew up with an incredibly strong mother living with Lupus/Fibromyalgia/Arthritis. She even had both hips replaced at the same time! I know, what a badass right? One of the earliest memories I have, is trying to swing from my mom’s bed trapeze (the aid to help her sit up in bed). And quickly being told, sternly, that it was not a toy 😛. As a child, I saw glimpses of strength and resilience whenever my mom would walk without an aid, or walk instead of using a wheelchair at an amusement park. I saw my mom have good days and very bad days and because of that, I believe it contributed to developing the strong empathy I have towards others today.
I’ve become quite the couch potato since getting diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, Endometriosis and Fibromyalgia. Some days, it is all I’m capable of doing. However, there are some days and even parts of the day, I know I’m doing it out of pure routine and habit. There have been too many times lately that I’m stuck staring at the Netflix screen, flipping through the selection and realizing I’ve run out of options. Because of this, I thought I’d share with you some alternatives to fill your day other than a Netflix binge, that won’t require much physical exertion.