So I laid in bed for 10 days straight. People say they get bed sores from less time spent sick in bed, but that didn't happen to me. Instead, my vulvodynia almost went away.
Needless to say, it was the fulfillment of a long-held fantasy. ALMOST. As life returned to normal, the pain came back.
But I still think back on those 10 days and wonder what went right. Here are some theories:
- At least one vulvodoctor thinks guaifenesin is key to easing fibromyalgia and vulvodynia. Guaifenesin is an expectorant, which I was taking the first few days of the cold.
- The only thing I was eating was toast. Literally only. Specifically Kinnikinnick's gluten-free bread, both with raisins and without. Buttered with soy-free dairy-free butter.
- I spent ten minutes or so every day massaging my pelvic muscles and practicing relaxing them. (Through the vaginal wall.)
- I spent most of my time lying down.
Since that time, I have fantasized about recreating the experiment to see if I get the same results. But what made my pain cool down so much?!
At the time, I thought it was the limited diet. Or maybe, fantastically, the guaifenesin. I knew the muscle massage would at least contribute something.
But I've tried limiting my diet. I've done muscle massage regularly for at least one period of time since. I haven't taken guaifenesin, but I think if it worked we would've heard more about it by now.
And now, having lived with vulvodynia for almost two more years, I think spending all that time lying down is what made me feel so much better.
So. I want to spend another 10 days lying down to prove it.
In fact, I think we should have a vulvodynia lie-in. Like a sit-in but lying in our beds to see if our pain levels subside. Like a virtual sleepover for 10 days.
Oh, I would love to do this. Sometimes my work schedule gives me 4 or 5 days off in a row. Maybe next time I will try a mini lie-in!