I’m honored to share my process and experience with the community via the Pelvic Health Summit hosted by the International Pelvic Pain Society and Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine.
Click above to watch and learn more about my approach and to hear from leading experts in the field.
Let’s be real, I am a fairly private person, and have a severe public speaking phobia. I was shaking the entire morning prior to the interview and fumbled to find my words while filming.
I never thought I would publicly share the details of my life or my menstrual cycle on social media.
I would rather crawl under a table.
But, the desperation and isolation associated with debilitating pelvic pain and sharing resources to help others find tools that could help alleviate their pain, is more important to me than my personal ego.
A little over a year ago, I was laying on the floor in crippling pain, plagued with constant nausea and vomiting, frustrated that my body was not functioning in the manner in which I wanted.
At first, I tried to find workarounds and muscle through the day, by carrying plastic garbage bags, a heating pad, ginger water, and nausea medication everywhere I went.
But, my body revolted, and I could no longer power through. I found myself spending lots of time on my floor, lying extremely still to seek comfort. I had to take a Leave of Absence from my corporate job and grad school, because I couldn’t physically keep up with my daily life demands.
I felt as though my body had betrayed me.
I wondered if I would ever be able to get my life back.
I wondered if I would be able to function in society again.
Since I have trouble staying still, I found myself deep in research and searching through social media for a community to not feel so isolated. Reading community stories made me feel less alone, but it made question if there was any hope, because so many women reported suffering for years.
I decided to use my nursing and health coaching background to pour over evidence based data to find out what I could do to heal myself.
I learned and incorporated the foods necessary to rebalance my hormones and decrease inflammation. I took two yoga teacher trainings to learn and incorporate poses to help retrain the overactive and spastic muscles contributing to daily excruciating pain. And I re-dedicated myself to daily self Reiki to rebalance my nervous system.
Medically, my research lead me to connect with the amazing Dr. Allyson Shrikhande, who offered innovative treatment options to calm the muscle spasms in my pelvic floor responsible for debilitating pain during my period.
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Dr. Shrikhande and her partners created Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine as a private medical practice which takes an individualized approach to treating pelvic pain and pelvic disorders with a whole-body, minimally-invasive method. Having Dr. Shrikhande as part of my care team, helped me to be able to get off my floor and stay off of my floor, to create a new life.
At times I ask myself:
“WTF am I doing?!”
I wonder why I left my corporate job and how I ended up where I am today.
There are days when I don’t want to make my hormone balancing smoothie, eat a plate of Brussel Sprouts or go on my yoga mat. And trust me… I was never thrilled to go to pelvic floor PT.
Being forced to slow down and make lifestyle adaptations made me recognize that I have to choose myself every day in order to maintain my own personal wellness