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  • KaraLynne
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    I did want to add that Gokhale's method, from what I've read about it (and I've come back to it again and again), might be easily misunderstood.

    From what my PT says, I need to tuck my pelvis--so that when I am lying down my back is flat on the ground with only room for a perhaps walnut-sized ball down at the bottom of my back. This is actually a pelvic-neutral position, but since I used to stuck my butt out a lot, it feels like I'm tucking it forward. It would be easy to take Gokhale's method and really, really stick out your butt. But, for me, my posture before PT was very much an S-shape where I stuck out my butt a lot. From what I can tell, Gokhale is actually recommending slightly curving the very bottom of your tailbone. So, for me, that actually involves tucking in my butt more rather than sticking it out, which is what my PT recommended. If I consciously keep my pelvis tucked in all day, I am much less likely to go out of alignment and more likely to have a pain-free day. I'm definitely following my PT's advice, so I'm not sure it's exactly Gokhale's, but this is what works for me.

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  • KaraLynne
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    I agree--my PT spent a lot of time working on posture and hip alignment--which definitely causes problems. When I am not sitting properly, standing properly or lying down properly, I go out of alignment and in time, the pain starts.

    I've been working on my doctorate and sitting at desks at a computer a lot, making my posture even worse. I think this is what caused my problems in the first place.

    I think the posture issue just causes a downward spiral for your muscles.

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  • izazen
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    It depends on the definition of "posture."

    We may have "great posture" according to western standards ("tuck your butt in, stand straight up, pull your stomach in," etc.) but Esther - on the video - thinks that standard is not a natural posture and can lead to problems.

    She studies primitive peoples and observes how they do things.

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  • endogirl2
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    Hello!

    Yes, I have looked on their web site and it's got a ton of great info! I wonder if I can buy some aloe at the vitamin shoppe for less money? I'm taking a probiotic which is kinda expensive so I don't want to get the aloe yet and be spending $65 a month on supplements. I am really lost right now. My endo was fine until August 2010. I slipped down the stairs at home, only the last 4 and it was only a soft fall. After that my periods have been bad but the pain is in my butt area, more pubic bone if that makes sense. I didn't realize it could be residual from the fall down the stairs until afew months later when my husband mentioned it. I went to the chiropractor and got an x ray done and it showed my L5 was crooked. I was working with him for awhile to put it back but I didn't feel he knew what he was doing so I switched to someone else. Only during day 2 of my period which is the worst day for me I have trouble peeing. It's soooo hard to pee. I have to push and push like I'm going to burst a vein in my head and I have a wave of nausea come over me. There is never any buring or frequency. I'm just confused if it's possibly endo on my bladder or if it's still something from when I fell. This past month after my period ended I haven't improved much, have some mild bladder pain but I believe it's from the muscles in my pelvic floor feeling tight.

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  • cmclien
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    I like it

    Originally posted by endogirl2 View Post
    HI!
    Just wondering how you like the desert harvest aloe? How long have you been taking it? Does it help? I have NOT been diagnosed with IC but I do have endo and get some rectal type pain, I am beginning to think it might be pelvic floor related and sometimes I have bladder pain - wondering if I should add the aloe to my diet.
    I like the aloe, I think it is a good natural anti-inflammatory and has alot of healing properties to it. I will probably stick with it, maybe just cut back on the daily pills once I feel really good. Right now I take 3 pills 2x/day. Its expensive so I buy 3 of the 180 count capsules so I can get the 4th free. Makes it more reasonable that way. Have you checked out their website? Lots of good info on it about IC and aloe.

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  • suzannes
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    Danskos

    I don't know about posture but I do know that my pain has improved since I started wearing danskos to work. I use to wear low heels 2 inches and swore I'd never put Danskos on my feet. But I feel much better with them on. I have to chaperon my daughter's Prom next week and I'm not looking forward to wearing heels for four hours!

    Suzanne

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  • ScarednConfused
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    I 100% agree. I have learning about all that stuff a lot lately and it can definitely cause problems. maybe not everyone with IC but i guarentee for some it is related. i work in an alternative health doctor's office and i know first hand how it can cause all sorts of problems.

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  • bubbe1
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    posture

    Hi,
    I have noticed recently, that I tend to slouch over my bladder, especially when watching t.v. or shopping and that when I straighten up, my bladder feels much better.
    I'm going to make a more conscious effort to stand correctly and I'm going to try to get my DH to do it too. He has a terrible back which is alway hurting him.
    Thanks for posting!
    Laurie

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  • amaranthe
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    I do have horrible posture too. (Even in grade school and even now, people are always telling me to straigten up and stand up straight.) Every time they had one of those scoliosis screenings in school, they ALWAYS picked me out to go because of the way I walk. (But, I never had it.) Anyway, it is something to think about since I also have PFD. Thanks for posting!

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  • endogirl2
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    HI!

    Just wondering how you like the desert harvest aloe? How long have you been taking it? Does it help? I have NOT been diagnosed with IC but I do have endo and get some rectal type pain, I am beginning to think it might be pelvic floor related and sometimes I have bladder pain - wondering if I should add the aloe to my diet.

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  • cmclien
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    Maybe for those with PFD

    Originally posted by izazen View Post
    The link below is for a video I found while googling about posture.

    http://www.paleoplaybook.com/2010/10...l-posture.html
    I don't know, I had PT on my knees last summer and the PT told me I had excellent posture which I didn't know about myself. But maybe in those of us with PFD? which I don't have. Just guessing, but maybe that goes along with all of those tight muscles.

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  • purpleviolet
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    maybe

    I've always had bad posture and I thought I read somewhere that people with IC have different posture. Makes sense if our pelvis is tight.

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  • izazen
    started a topic I wonder if posture isn't at the root of problems.

    I wonder if posture isn't at the root of problems.

    The link below is for a video I found while googling about posture.

    Its about an hour long but fascinating. I tried some of the tips she recommends and I felt much better at once. Its all a matter of proper alignment. Put your weight over your heels and lean forward a tad so your butt goes out - see how it pulls your lower abdomen into nicely into place?

    I'm going to watch it again with my husband as he has problems with his back while mine involve pressing on my bladder when I'm anxious which is like all the time and I want to be able to stand correctly so I can avoid doing that.

    http://www.paleoplaybook.com/2010/10...l-posture.html
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