The causes of IC aren’t clear. It can be found alongside other pain conditions like fibromyalgia, and some speculate that it’s triggered by allergies or hidden autoimmune disorders.
A physician may ignore psychological trauma because there’s not yet a pill to prescribe for it, even though it may be a major factor in the sexual pain that many women experience.
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Diagnosis is often a tricky process, especially if you have to negotiate indifferent providers, and especially since our vocabulary for these issues is so rudimentary and limited. Pelvic pain conditions can be interrelated to one another. You may suffer from more than one, or your symptoms may not perfectly fit a recognized syndrome.
And often, it isn’t even possible to pinpoint causes. Nothing seems “wrong”. but it hurts.
Vulvodynia pain can be either provoked (with flareups occurring after pressure or penetration) or spontaneous (when pain occurs for no obvious reason). It’s most often described as burning, stinging, aching, or general soreness, and it can be constant, or it can come and go.
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CBD (which is abbreviated from Cannabidiol, btw) is one of 100+ naturally occurring compounds in the hemp plant. THC — a compound found in hemp that gets you high, which is what most people think of when they think of cannabis — is another one. Unlike medical marijuana products (which are derived from plants with high concentrations of THC), CBD oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp. In other words, CBD oils can provide medical benefits without making you stoned out of your gourd. Oh, and here’s even more information about CBD if you’re still curious.
The main source of my pain is a lovely disease called endometriosis. It affects approximately 176 million people around the world. That’s a lot of people. Over the years, however, that endometriosis has evolved into other conditions that contribute to my daily pain such as Vaginismus, Vulvodynia, Insterstitial cystitis, and overall pelvic floor dysfunction. Here’s a helpful graphic to help you remember some of them:
I’ve had chronic pain for over a decade now, and nothing has helped me as much as CBD has.
# Zero appetite due to an almost constant state of nausea
# Inflammation all over my body causing severe aches and pains in my legs and lower back specifically