Hello everyone! My name is Natalie. I'm a 26 year old woman about to be married in 2 months(!) and decided to take this program after reading the book Pain Free for Life by Doctor Brady.
Basically, my chronic pain journey started about 6 years ago with vaginismus and vulvodynia. Eventually the vaginismus went away, but the vulvodynia and dysparuenia persisted and actually got worse and worse. I've done pretty much everything you can think of to get rid of this, botox injections, meds, acupuncture, you name it. Unfortunately as well, about a year and a half ago a new symptom was added to my list with an IC diagnosis (actually just constant bladder urgency, no pain) that arose completely out of the blue one day and has not gone away at all since.
I started doing Dr. Brady's 6 week program via his book but found I was having a hard time doing it as it lacked structure and guidance, as its basically just very short 5 minute visualizations and free form emotions-based journaling. Eventually I just got frustrated and quit. But in the 2.5 weeks I was doing it, I found that my nerve pain went down to about a 2 most days (starting at an 8 before). However, the bladder was still being pretty stubborn and the dysparuenia was still there. IC was never mentioned in Dr. Brady's book, so I suspect this had something to do with it not wanting to relent.
I just read about how people with IC have done this program with great success, and after reading it I drove to work with no bladder urgency. That was a surprise! It came back later but I was still happy to see it go away, even for a little while. Anyway, as you can imagine, I want to get better so I can have normal, pain free intimacy with my future husband. I've spent years crying over this, and I really want to take control of my life again. I do feel that this the answer for me, but I'm pretty scared to start of course. But I'm hoping with more structure and support, I can finish this program and be happy about that, regardless of the results--though I'm hoping for good ones.
Anyways, I'd always appreciate encouragement and success stories from other people who have gone through this process--particularly those who have had chronic pelvic pain and IC. Thank you all!