Interstitial cystitis and pelvic pain in a 29-year-old woman.
In the beginning of 2004, I was 26 years old. I had recently acquired a Bachelorâ€™s degree from The Ohio State University, gotten a job, a promotion, and a new boyfriend. I was looking forward to moving out of my momâ€™s home, once again, and establishing my financial independence. After the first month, or so, of my new job position as Assistant to the Director of Marketing, I suddenly got a sharp, stabbing pain over my right ovary. The pain persisted and began cramping my entire pelvic region. Soon the pain evolved into a constant pelvic ache with stabbing shots of pain. I rated my constant pain level on a scale of one-to-ten at a range of seven to nine. I saw three different specialists, a gynecologist and two urologists. I was diagnosed with endometriosis, pelvic floor dysfunction, interstitial cystitis, with vulvar vestibulitis. To get through the day I required large amounts of narcotics, and relied on a T.E.N.S. stimulator. Nothing stopped the pain; it always â€˜broke throughâ€™. I could barely drag myself to work, and couldnâ€™t prepare my own meals, clean up after myself, or socialize. My pain began to flare up every night and I even developed a low grade temperature at times. My pain woke me nightly and prevented me from getting back to sleep often. I eventually became so debilitated that I was unable to work.
A life of chronic disability seemed inevitable for me. A doctor I had recently began seeing in early 2007 had mentioned that Dr. Schubiner had a unique way of looking at chronic pain and the stressors that activate it. I was interested in any alternatives, but I did not believe that the pain would ever go away. After meeting with Dr. Schubiner, I began reading Dr. Sarnoâ€™s The Mindbody Prescription. I was about half-way through the book when I began feeling a decrease in my pain. I began to realize how the stresses in my life and the emotional reactions to them had caused my severe pain. I began to dialogue with my unconscious mind whenever a twinge of stabbing pain came on. I was amazed to find that upon completion of the book, I had very few painful cramps throughout my day. I met with Dr. Schubiner to share my success. He gave me a guided meditation CD and his Daily Study Program for Patients with the Tension Myositis Syndrome, developed in consultation with Dr. John Sarno.
Today, I am a vibrant 29-year-old who is pain free and looking forward to her 30s. I have many short-, and long-term goals I would not have considered only four months ago. Now my future is anything I put my mindbody to. I cannot thank Dr. Schubiner and Dr. Sarno enough for giving me back my young adulthood.