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symptoms getting worse

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by si30mona, Feb 5, 2020.

  1. si30mona

    si30mona Newcomer

    Hi everybody, I'm a new comer. I suffer from vulvodynia for a while. I underwent a series of physical treatments to release my pelvic floor muscles but with momentaneous results. Now I'm attended by an osteopath specialised in pudendal neuralgia with good outcomes but thanks to him and to my web researches I realized that perhaps my pain could have emotional roots. I came across Doctor Shubiner's book "Unlearn your pain" and I decided to start journaling. I'm on my 15th day, but since yesterday my symptoms got a bit worse, I wonder if it is a possible effect of the Educational Program. Sorry if my english is not perfect, I come from Italy. Thanks to whoever will decide to answer to me :)
  2. Benjiro

    Benjiro Peer Supporter

    Hello. Welcome.

    May I suggest you read: https://www.tmswiki.org/forum/threads/day-19-extinction-bursts.16651/ (New Program - Day 19: Extinction Bursts)

    ^Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better—especially if you’re just starting to reach emotions that have been buried a long time. There is naturally going to be some resistance—these emotions are painful, may even dangerous (so your brain thinks).

    I also recommend:
    https://www.tmswiki.org/forum/threads/a-word-about-outcome-independence.562/ (A word about outcome independence)

    ^Why being focused on the pain actually reinforces it. It takes effort — but learning to be outcome-independent (not caring about where the pain level is at any given moment)—can reduce the pain because it nullifies the pain’s purpose—which is to distract from unconscious emotions.

    Sounds like you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading and journaling and don’t be surprised when the pain goes away. A lot of people find it helpful to immerse themselves in success stories to activate their body’s healing potential.
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  3. si30mona

    si30mona Newcomer

    Thank Benjiro for your support and suggestions. I will read the links you posted :)

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