Levator Ani Syndrome
Spasms, Anxiety and Meditation
Written by Mike from the USA.
Levator Ani Syndrome
The first thing I’d like to say is that it seems many of the people writing about levator spasms seem to have one thing in common, and that is they are very anxious.
This is understandable for anyone who is suddenly experiencing unusual pain in their bodies. But, from my own experience with this condition, I have no doubt that it is often CAUSED by an emotional state that is more anxious than the average person experiences in the first place. Out of everything I say, this might be the one piece of help that I can’t reiterate enough.
Levator Ani Syndrome
When we get sick, we want immediate relief, a pill, a cure. I am not saying medical methods do not help with this problem: they do. I am saying that too many people will not see the importance of the emotional connection between this condition---and getting better.
For the past 3 weeks, I have been religiously engaged in daily meditation. Out of everything else I have tried, this seems to be helping the best. I am more relaxed and I have noticed a significant relaxation in the area of the rectal muscles. Also, I am not having to urinate as often and I have a stronger urinary stream.
I remember years ago that I went to a hypnotherapist and that helped for a while. The problem was that she moved out of state---and I had a hard time finding another hypnotist I trusted. I do remember one of the specialists telling me that exercise was important but he said that doing any exercises that concentrated on the abdominals was not a good idea. It makes sense. Has anyone else been told this by their doctor?
We're all Different
I would also like to say that I can only tell you what has or has not worked for me. I tried the Botox injection and it only made a difference for a couple of days. Yet, I do not want anyone to think I get the last word and that it is a useless method. It’s possible that it might work for you, we’re all different. I also tried the galvanic stimulator, but it only made my problem worse.
I can tell you that a doc once prescribed me Baclofen and that helped a lot. Also Robaxin (Methacarbamal). I remember that making a huge difference back when this first started and the muscle actually hurt. It hardly ever hurts now.
You might want to consider getting caffeine out of your diet. For me, I noticed that consuming caffeine would immediately cause problems with my rectal area. Also, if you already have anxiety problems, caffeine is a stimulant and will only make it worse.
A Way Forward
Another thing I’d like to say is don’t throw in the towel and think you have to just live with this. My condition is dramatically better than it used to be because I kept hammering away. I kept reading, I kept going to doctors, I kept doing research on the Internet. I really feel that knowing there is probably a strong connection between anxiety/stress and your illness is going to help you.
I strongly encourage you to try meditation or hypnosis. It’s not bizarre magic or mysticism as a lot of people think, which causes them to shy away from it.
It is merely a way to put your mind in a more relaxed state.
Also, there is a book called “A Headache in the Pelvis” that you might want to check out. At least go to their website and do some reading. I have not read the book, I just know that it is out there and, from what I read at the site, it seems that they know what they are talking about.
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The IBS-Life.com team would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Mike for his continued efforts in helping others to cope with this distressing condition. Mike has written a previous article about Levator Ani Syndrome here.
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