When dealing with persistent pain, there are often many factors that can contribute to exacerbating or easing pain symptoms. The pain and symptoms can seem to be all over the place or have no pattern to them, leaving you feel frustrated and hopeless at ever feeling better.
As a pelvic floor physical therapist, I look at all the physical aspects (muscles, nerves, posture, strength, etc) that can contribute to pain. As a women’s health coach, I am able dive deeper into how other factors like stress, food, sleep, activity and even your thoughts might be contributing to your pain.
To start, I encourage you to keep a journal of your day. This can be really simple, just a list of what you ate, drank, what happened (“stressful day at work” or “went to yoga with a friend”) and how you feel. Bringing awareness is key, because naturally, we want to disconnect from our pain.
Keeping a journal is a great way to step back and take a look through a wider lens. After a week or two, a pattern will appear and you may be able to begin to determine if there is a certain food that could be making the pain worse, or maybe you notice on they days you take more time for yourself, you feel better.
Getting in-tune with your day and all that is in it, empowers you to make decisions based on this valuable information. A lot of my clients will say “
It is so helpful to know what increases my pain, because if I have a bad day, I can look and see what it was and know I can change course and move forward, instead of finding myself in a downward spiral of despair (which leads to more stress and more pain).”
Research has shown that certain foods have been found to increase symptoms of pelvic pain. This is a long list, and know that typically, ALL of these foods do not cause pain in ALL people.
However, as you start to track what you’re eating and your symptoms, you may find a strong correlation. In that case, you then can eliminate that food for 3-4 weeks and see how your symptoms respond when you begin to re-introduce that food.
Common Foods Worsen Pelvic Pain:
- Nightshades (tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers)
- Coffee and tea
- Baker’s Yeast
When you are dealing with pelvic pain, it can often feel like you are not in control. Having people on your team that can guide you is so important, but no one knows your body like you do. Ultimately, you are in charge and when you can take control of the things you can control (food, activities, sleep) you are better equipped to deal with the things you cannot.
Need help figuring out where to start? Need someone on your team that can help offer things you can be doing to manage your pain yourself?
I offer a complimentary strategy call so we can discuss what problems you are experiencing and develop a strategy for you to gain control of your health.