MRI

I had an appointment with Dr. Xiaoming Guan last week. He is very knowledgeable about Endometriosis and Adenomyosis. Well, he is on Nancy’s Nook Endo specialist list (Facebook group), of course he’s good! Nancy’s Nook Endo specialist list is a list of Drs/surgeons who have good records on treating Endometriosis. Skilled and very knowledgeable doctors! You will not waste your time and money when you’re on their hands, that’s all I want to say.

Dr Guan did a physical examination, and he found a nodule on the posterior area of my uterus, nearby my rectum. When he poke it to check, it was sooooo freaking hurt! The pain shots from my butt to my lower abdomen! 😭 He said my Endometriosis is pretty severe. My doctor in China never mentioned about Endometriosis on posterior area, they only found Endometriomas on my both ovaries. And the doctor have never di physical exams just like what Dr Guan did.

He mentioned about my Adenomyosis. He said it will be difficult to treat Adenomyosis surgery wise, he ordered me to do MRI so he can have a better look of my condition. After he get the result, he will decide what treatment plan for me.

So, here I am today, on Texas Children’s Hospital Women’s Pavilion waiting room waiting for my MRI schedule time. I came way too early, so I just decide to hang out here while drinking kombucha.

I have to stop eating 3 hours before the MRI. They told me they also will give me an IV that has some kind of dye so they can see the color image on the MRI. Eeeekkk… that’s make me nervous, I don’t like needles!

The procedure will take 45 minutes. And the MRI machine is the one that looks like tunnel. Oh mannn… That’s make me even more nervous!

The MRI cost is expensive, about US$1,350. I have to pay about half out of my pocket, the rest will be covered by my insurance. I’m so broke, I don’t have $750 to pay it. But luckily my in-laws want to pay it for me. Yay me!

Okay, I need to get ready, I’ll give you update later. Please pray for me 🙏🏼

Update:

The radiology department nurse and receptionists are nice. The radiologist who assisted me to do MRI were also very nice. Very good service from Texas Children’s Hospital Houston.

When the MRI scan started I was a little bit freaking out. Getting into small tunnel like space made me feel a little bit claustrophobic. I had a few seconds of initial stage of panic attack. My heart beat so hard, my body felt cold, and my breath start to shorten. The panic attack gotten worse when I open my eyes. So I decided to close my eyes and tried to imagine that I’m laying down on my bed, meanwhile I tried to control my panic attack. I had to survive the 45 minutes scan in that small chamber! I told my self, “you have to pay $1,350 for this, you can’t be controlled by your madness! Women up and take the control back!”. Well, I did it. I fought back the panic attack. Enjoyed Josh Groban’s music from the earphones that they gave me and fell asleep for eww minutes during the procedure 😂😂😂

The radiologist told me that she will send the result to Dr. Guan’s office on Monday or Tuesday. She also advised me to call the Dr’s office to ask about the follow up appointment.

After the MRI finished, I walked out of the Radiology Department. I saw Dr. Guan and I said hi. I told him that I just finished my MRI. He said he knows it, the radiologist called him, and the result is very interesting. I stopped, saw him and his nurse walked away, rushing to the radiology department. I was wondering, why the radiologist has to call him and said she found something very interesting? Is it something bad? Is it something good? What is that interesting thing? Why she has to call Dr. Guan? These questions in my head really bothers me 😞

But I cannot do anything about it, can I? Whatever it is, it exists in my body. I just need to hear the reality next week. I don’t want to think about it anymore… I don’t want to feel depressed 😞

Failed. Again… and Again…

Long story short. These last 10 days I ate all of the NO-NOs. And here’s what happened:

The biggest bloated belly I’ve ever had in my life! I will need at least one week of my proper Adeno/Endo diet to return my belly’s original size.

It’s almost 2AM on March 15, 2019. Let the counter starts now!

KombuFin!

I asked my husband to buy me Zantac because I have stomach irritation – Yup, My NSAID finally do me harm! Anyway, he came home with my favorite Gluten-free dairy free muffins and kombucha. I didn’t even ask for it! I feel loved 🥰🥰🥰

Valerian Root for Menstrual Pain and Rectal Pain

I ran out CBD oil and kinda low on money so I can’t order a new batch. It’s about $125 for a 60ml bottle, I can’t afford that right now because I also need to buy some other supplements to manage my Adenomyosis and Endometriosis symptoms. So I decided to order Valerian root from iHerb.


Buy it here, get 10% OFF for your first order and get 5% OFF if you are an iHerb returning customer. Or use the code: AJV3199 when you check out. 

Valerian works as a muscle relaxer and for me it works well to reduce menstrual pain cause by muscle spasms. I have rectal pain around my ovulation day. Diclofenac, cramp bark, even CBD oil barely able to touch this kind of pain. I always feel suffer because of it. It feels like somebody stabbing around my rectal area over and over again! But 30 minutes after I take 1000mg of Valerian root capsule, the pain has slowly gone. I was amazed! Finally, something works, lol. Another good news is, this capsule is very cheap. For 250 capsules of 500mg valerian root, I only pay $10.79 😀

Okay, now the tricky part. Valerian root makes me feel drowsy. Not a good solution for a day time pain reliever, especially when I have to do some work. I tried to find a way to get around this side effect. I remember that Spirulina will give us an energy boost and will make us stay awake, that’s why we shouldn’t take it before our bedtime. So….. my solution was to take Valerian root capsule with Spirulina tablets. Problem solved! LOL

Yes, I was playing a lab rat here. But since it worked, I couldn’t complain :p

I have to warning you about the smell of this product. It smells like sh*t, LOL. Seriously, it’s so stinky! But I don’t mind, as long as it helps with the pain :p

Anyway, I’m still struggling not to cheat while doing my Endo diet, but I will keep trying until I can go back in track just like before.

Until next time, ciao!