Interstitial Cystitis is all caused by your mind and emotions.
Um.. Not so fast!
I have been there. I have been told by meaningful prayer leaders my disease was all in my head (or heart). I was only feeling bad because I had a sad childhood. Here I was a young woman who looked perfectly healthy on the outside claiming to be extremely sick without understating why. No one knew what to do with me.
It must be psychological!
I tried all conventional medicine had to offer but I was not getting better. IC is supposed to be “incurable” according to western doctors. It is indeed a real disease. It is diagnosed by going up and looking into your bladder with a scope and you can actually see it. It causes painful sores all over your bladder.
There is a popular blogger online who claims Interstitial Cystitis and many other pelvic disorders are caused only by stress and your emotions. You can totally heal by dealing with your emotions differently! No diet changes, no treatments, no doctors. This sounds to good to be true, and it was for me.
I followed her blog and even paid for her program. I did her emotion releasing exercises and I read all I could about mind body and disease. I travelled and saw a mind body doctor in Chicago and got diagnosed with it. It did not help my IC one bit, even with 1 year of trying everything they told me to do and reading and rereading Dr. Sarnos books.
Thankfully a year later I did get better but I would have gotten nowhere if I kept going with only mind body emotion theory. It was not a lost cause though! I shared all this with a friend of mine with IC and she also followed the mind body program and it worked great for her!
Me and this other woman had very different IC symptoms. You will find when talking to other women we all have slightly different symptoms and some of us have radically different symptoms.
This blog is written for the women out there who have read information on mind body and maybe even tried to heal this way but it did not work. I have to tell you there is STILL HOPE! IC is definitely EFFECTED by stress. Stress effects all disease, proven fact!
That in no way means you CAUSED your IC by not handling your emotions properly! We already are dealing with a tremendous amount of guilt about how we have to live, and now we are told we caused our illness by our emotions. Not cool.
If you are one of the women who did heal with only mind body techniques, that is fantastic! I would love to hear you story in the comments. We can only help each other by sharing what worked for us.
The fact is IC is VERY complex and there are many different causes and not everyone is the same. I got better through a combo of eating a moderate to low oxalate diet, healing my sugar addiction, going though over 100 NEAT treatments for my allergies, ozone therapy, and a gluten free diet.
I also had to totally change my diet to exclude toxins, colors, and well CRAP!
I needed to do all these things to get well.
I am writing a book about my story and I will reveal it all in time but please understand there is rarely just one problem with chronic illness and you often have to be your own detective when trying to get out of pain.
If you are someone who has gotten out of pain or even healed I would LOVE to hear your story below.
We are in this together and the more knowledge the more power we have!
Melissa is the Author of Healing Through the Pain How I overcame Interstitial Cystitis. She writes about health (physical, emotional and spiritual) from a vulnerable place, after overcoming her own challenges and healing Interstitial Cystitis. She is passionate about helping women realize their ability to make changes and move forward from difficult situations in their lives.
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