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    Help! It has been a while but I am starting to enter a bad flare that i know is related to pelvic floor muscles. I miss working out - taking classes at my gym - I've been limited to doing boring elliptical and light weights. I miss kickboxing and step classes so much! I decided to go to a body works class which a full body work out on most muscles in your body. I skipped the entire abs section (15 min) but did the rest..and boy am I paying for it. I can't believe how I used to be able to do these things less than a year ago but since my diagnose its like clockwork.

    Well I was up seriously all night - I took ditropan to help w/ the sasms but it really didnt do anything. I slept for maybe an hour or two. I'm a speech language pathologist in a school and commute up to an hour to hour and a half a day so I am very nervous that it will get worse. Before I go into work today, I wanted to post and ask you all your advice to help allay a pelvic floor flare? Like some other people posted I know what to do when it is diet related but the muscle aspect is harder for me to understand.

    Can I take naproxen? That is a muscle relaxer I believe...
    Also, I am have my first PT appointment next Monday but maybe I should call to see if I can move it up? I have a feeling this isn't going away in a day...any help would be appreciated! Thanks so much...hope everyone is feeling good today.

    Whitney

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    Naproxen is an anti-inflammatory medication (generic for Aleve) and it's a problem for many of us. You might call your PT and ask for some advice.

    It may be that you took on too much exercise too fast if you haven't done a lot in several months. I hope you feel better quickly.

    Hugs,
    Donna
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      Usually when I do that, I use ice the first night, then heating pads after that. I also have a prescription for a muscle relaxant & that helps as well. I also use pain medicine until it's over. I hope you feel better soon. I'm a teacher & fear of those kind of flareups has dramatically reduced my exercise, which has left me overall unfit and given me trouble in managing my weight. Even if the elliptical is boring, don't give it up - it does keep you in better shape than avoiding exercise altogether, which is what I tend to do.
      Kadi

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      • #4
        I was having severe pelvic floor muscle spasms in the beginning and went to pt for myofascial release work for two months. It helped quite a bit and I was given pelvic stretches to do at home. Taking warm baths in epsom salts may help, along with sitting on a heating pad. Ativan also helped me to get the muscles relaxed.

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        • #5
          Another thing that did help me was camomile tea. It has a very relaxing effect on muscles.

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