Hello July!

It’s been 2 months since my last post and these last 2 months have been a crazy month! Let’s catch up a little bit, shall we?

US Visa

I traveled to Shanghai and Guangzhou several times to deal with my US immigrant visa. It was exhausting and very stressful! But the good news is, I got the visa, yay! We will move to the states by the end of this month ^_^

Cats

I rescued a 3 months old kitten at the end of May. He has ringworms all over his body and also ear mites in his ears. I treated his ear mites for 3 weeks, the vet told me he was cleared, but guess what? The mites came back as soon as I stop the medication, LOL. Now I have to do the whole process again… plus he still has ringworms. I have another cat that I rescued 5 years ago. I tried my best to separate those two. I even quarantine the new cat in a separate room, but guess what? My older cat got ear mites from him! Oh God, it’s so frustrating coz my older cat is very cranky and difficult to handle -_-”

Pain

In May-June, I had 32 days cycle, this is a new record. I’m not sure it’s a good or a bad thing. Out of the 32 days, I have 15 pain-free days and 6 days of discomfort. I think it’s the best pain-free record for the last 2 years.

In June-July, I had 27 days cycle. Out of 27 days, I have 12 pain-free days and 3 days of discomfort. The cycle was shortened, I guess it’s because of the moving stress and also I ate eggs and duck a couple times. I also ate goat cheese to check whether I was sensitive to it. The result was I’m a little sensitive to it but not as bad as cow cheese. So I think a little amount of goat cheese, once in awhile will do no harm for me.

I have less rectum pain and sciatic pain. Last month I had no sciatic pain at all, yay! I’m on day 6 of my period right now, so we will see what’s going to happen this month :p

I had stomach irritation these last 3 days because of the painkillers. I always take Diclofenac with Domperidone to help to ease any possible stomach irritation, but apparently, 3-4x50mg diclofenac+domperidone a day for two days was too much for my stomach. I had to take 1 tablespoon of olive oil before I eat and also I only eat rice porridge and soup to help my stomach to heal.

Adeno/Endo Diet

I think this month I didn’t do the Adeno/Endo diet as well as the previous month. I had constipation for about 2 weeks, I’m pretty sure I drank lots of fluids, so I’m not sure what caused it.

Exercise

I barely do yoga but I did lots of walking.

Energy

There are some days that I felt exhausted. The travels really drained my energy, but in general, I think I have pretty good energy level.

Supplements

I’m still taking the same supplements as the previous months.

For Spirulina I take 9x500mg per day, sometimes I take more If I feel discomfort. It’s a good alternative for a painkiller for me but only work for light pain or discomfort. I also take red raspberry leaf tea for any uterus discomfort or light pain.


So far, the diet and supplements really help with the pain. Stress management is still hard for me. I will try my best to do better this month.

Thanks for reading. I wish you all a good health and pain-free days!

Day 30

It’s been a month since my last update on this blog, I think I have a good news to share. I reached the 30th day of my monthly cycle. It’s a miracle! I have never reached Day 30 of my cycle these last 5 years!

As I mentioned before on my old post, I started to develop Adenomyosis symptoms when I moved to China in 2013. Since then, my cycles had shortened from 28-30 days cycle to 23-25 days. It’s tiring when you have menstruated most of the time and you have to feel the pain on that time.

So, let’s talk about what’s going on these last 30 days

Less Pain, Yay!

I have more pain-free days compare to my last cycle. Including this morning, I have 10 pain-free days compare to 3 pain-free days on my last cycle.

Cycle Length

Last cycle: 24 days

Current cycle: 30 days and still counting

Endo/Adeno Diet

  • I eat better this cycle, more greens, orange, and red vegetable.
  • Completely cut off dairy, wheat, eggs, and all meats except fish
  • Sugar: almost cut off completely, I only take a little sugar from fruit and raw honey (1tsp per day)
  • I drink plenty of fluid: in average 1.3L-2L of lemon water every day + 0.5L plain water + 0.7L of herbal teas (raspberry leaf tea + Yogi’s women moon cycle/kava/other herbal teas)
  • A limited amount of fruits. I’m avoiding fruits that taste too sweet for me, such as oranges. Bananas (1pc/day), mangoes(1 small-medium), pineapple(the max is quarter of the fruit), and apple(1 small-medium) are fine. Any fruit that not too sweet is fine.
  • Tempeh is a NO NO for me. I ate 3 small slices of Tempeh as a test for food sensitivity 2 weeks ago, 30 minutes later I had cramps, lower back pain, and rectum pain. FYI, I’m from Indonesia, for Indonesian, Tempeh is one of the main food that common people eat every day. I really missed to eat it. I have been avoiding to eat it these last 2 years because it made of fermented soy. I read that the oestrogen level is lower when a soy product is fermented that’s why I gave it a try again. The answer was, my body is too sensitive to any kind of soy product including the fermented product. This reality made me feel very sad.

Exercise

Well, I didn’t do very well with the exercise effort. I could only do 2-3 times of yoga/walk in a week. I will do better, promise.

Energy

I have more energy these last few weeks, I think the supplements regime started to show the result! Yay!

Supplements

Serrapeptase

I increased my Serrapeptase dosage from 3×40,000IU to 6×40,000IU per day. The first week after I increased the dosage something happened to my body. My stomach swelled so big and it felt really hard when I touched it, almost like a stone! I also felt pain in my both ovaries (felt like someone squeezed my ovaries really hard!) and also my rectum (squeezed and stabbed pain). These pain last for about a week, but the swelled belly last for about 10 days. I’m not sure it was a good sign that Serrapeptase fighting the Endometrioma/Adenomyosis/Fibroid or something else. I wouldn’t know until I have my next sonogram.

Btw, I lost my weight again, mostly the fat from my stomach. Now I can see and feel with my hands how swollen my uterus is and how swollen my ovaries are, it’s amazing and scary at the same time. You can feel it there, your enemies, laughing… hijacking your body, ready to twist your ovaries at any time…

Enlarged Ovaries

Spirulina

I started taking Spirulina 11 days ago. The one that I bought is 500mg tablets Organic Spirulina from Healthy Origins. I started with 1 tab x 2 per day and now I’m on 2 tabs x 3 per day. The first day of taking Spirulina I felt feverish, I read it’s a  normal reaction for some people because it’s high in protein content that increases metabolism which may elevate the body temperature. I also have the same reaction on the day I increased the dosage to 2 tab x 3 per day.

Spirulina has so many benefits for our body, but the benefits that really caught my attention are it regulates the menstrual cycle, relieve pre-menstrual syndromes, support immune system, and support the growth of healthy bacteria in our guts. These benefits are essential for people like me, who is living with Adenomyosis, Endometriosis, and Fibroid.

I’m quite sure that Spirulina is of the causes that I have a longer cycle this month, but to prove my theory, I have to wait until few more cycles to see whether I still have longer cycles.

Current Supplements List
  • Serrapeptase (40,000 SPU x 6) : anti-inflammatory
  • Nattokinase (2,000 FU x 3): pain-support, anti-thrombotic
  • Pycnogenol (30mg x 2): hormone balancing, antioxidant
  • NAC (600mg x 2): detoxification, anti-inflammatory
  • DIM (150mg x 1): hormone balancing
  • Vitex/Chaste Berry (40mg x 1): hormone balancing
  • Curcumin (500mg x 2): anti-inflammatory
  • Multivitamin and mineral supplement: methylation support
  • Vitamin D (1000-4000IU + fatty food): methylation support — I still haven’t taken this separately
  • Magnesium (400-1200mg): sleep support — I only take 100mg x 2
  • Milk thistle/Silymarin (300mg x 1): detoxification support
  • Probiotic: immune support, intestinal support, hormone balancing
  • CoQ10 (100mg+high fat meal): mitochondrial
  • Omega-3 (500-4000mg): stress support, at this moment I’m taking cod-liver oil because I have that on hand, I will change to this after I finished my bottle.
  • Spirulina (500mg x 6): detoxification, immune support
  • Melatonin (5mg):  sleep support
  • Cramp Bark (as needed)

So far my effort has shown a good result related to pain. It’s a baby step, but I know I can do this. For the whole information of my efforts since last month, you can check it here

I still have a long way ahead of me, I’m not sure whether all of these efforts will get rid of my fibroid and endometriomas, or shrink my uterus because of the damaged that caused by Adeno. We will see in few months! Meanwhile… I feel grateful because I have less pain and I have more energy.

I wish you ladies health and pain-free days!

April 2018 Update

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Welcome Back, Pain!

I will have my period in few days. I started to have light lower abdomen pain and rectum pain (my greatest enemy!) four days ago, it was day 20 of my cycle. The last time I felt no pain at all was on day 17 of my cycle, so I had only 3 days of pain-free days this month, LOL! Yes, I will just laugh at my ironic life!

Yesterday I had the pain all day. I made 1L of raspberry leaf tea to be drunk all day, it helps to relieve the pain but it didn’t get rid of it completely. In the evening I just remember that I bought a new “weapon” for this battle, it’s called Cramp Bark. As its name indicated, it works to relieve cramps. I read that it works well for menstrual cramps.

I mixed 17 drops of Cramp Bark with 1 cup of warm water and drank it, 30 minutes later the pain started to decrease. I also drank raspberry leaf tea to support the Cramp Bark. Around 10 PM I felt no pain at all. Yay!

This morning I felt no pain at all when I woke up, but I know I will have pain sometimes later today. So I decided to prepare for the worst. I made a liter of tea made of raspberry leaf and Yogi’s Moon Cycle tea and a cup of Cramp Bark tea.

I started to have light lower abdomen pain and rectum pain again in the afternoon, 20 drops of cramp bark seem to work better but it’s only last for 3 hours for me. I’m not sure how will it handle the medium/high pain level, I guess we will know soon! The positive thing about it is, it doesn’t irritate my stomach at all. It’s a very important point for me! My painkillers have been more irritating my stomach lately >_<

Food Sensitivity Test

According to “Endometriosis: A Key to Healing and Fertility Through Nutrition” book by Dian Shepperson Mills, MA, and Michael Vernon Ph.D. HCLD, some people are sensitive to sugar, egg, yeast, wheat/gluten, and dairy. This food might cause bloating, pain, diarrhea, indigestion, sinus and catarrh problem, and subfertility.

For the last couple weeks, I have been doing experiments on my self to test how sensitive is my body to certain food. It was quite painful experiments because every time I found out that my body sensitive to certain food, I had to feel pain >_<

So far I found out that I am sensitive to:

  • sugar: bloating, pain
  • egg (including organic egg): inflammation, pain
  • meats (except a small amount of fish, twice a week is fine): inflammation, pain
  • gluten (yes, all grains that contain gluten): bloating, pain
  • dairy (all dairy products from cows, including organic products): bloating, inflammation, pain.

I haven’t checked about non-cow dairy products and yeast products. I will experiment with goat based dairy after this menstrual cycle but for yeast, I might have just avoided it.

Current Regimens

I started a whole new regimen a month and a half ago. It consists of supplements support, stress management, exercise, diet change, and lifestyle change. It’s mostly based on Dr. Andrew S. Cook, MD, FACOG and Danielle Cook, MS, RD, CDE book, The Endometriosis Health & Diet Program: Get Your Life Back. Let’s talk about it!

Supplements
Adenomyosis & Endometriosis Supplements
Adenomyosis & Endometriosis Supplements

I follow the Sample Endo Supplement Program from Dr. Andrew Cook’s book (page 133) and I added Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, and Spirulina into the mix. The book says that we need to take one supplement at a time and adding a new one every 5 to 7 days to test tolerance. And that’s what I did!

Here’s my daily supplement regimen, the intake timing is based on the best time to take it (I googled it for hours!). When I chose the supplements, I tried to find the one that as natural as possible, with no fillers, additives, coloring, yeast, soy, dairy, gluten, and organic.

As per April 5, 2018 – I haven’t started to take probiotic, vitamin D (currently have 400IU of D-3 in my cod liver oil and 400IU in my multivitamin), and spirulina.

 

Daily schedule:

  • 30 minutes before breakfast: Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, NAC
  • After breakfast: Multivitamin, Omega-3, Pycnogenol, Curcumin, Vitamin D
  • 30 minutes before lunch: Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, Vitex/Chaste Berry
  • After lunch: Magnesium, Milk Thistle/Silymarin, CoQ10
  • 30 minutes before dinner: Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, NAC
  • After dinner: Pycnogenol, Curcumin, Magnesium
  • 2 hours before bed: DIM, Melatonin, Probiotic
Endo Diet

NO: egg, dairy, gluten, sugar, yeast

A little: fish

YES: fruits, veggies, grains (rice, millet, corn, quinoa, buckwheat), healthy fats (olive oil for salad dressing/to be taken cold, coconut oil for cooking, avocado oil for cooking, ghee for cooking but I’m avoiding it for now), beans, pulses.

No more cheats start from April!

FLuids

Aim to drink, on average, half of your body weight (in pounds) of any non-caffeinated beverage (preferably water) in ounces. ie, if you weight 110 pounds (50kg), you should drink at least 55 ounces (1.6L) of fluid daily.

  • Water
  • lemon water
  • Herbal tea: raspberry leaf tea, Yogi Women Moon Cycle
  • Juices
Exercise
  • Yoga
  • Walking
Stress management
  • Deep belly breathing
  • Guided meditation: I listen to it every night before bed, my favorite is Michael Sealey’s channel on Youtube. You can check it here
Sleep

Target: 7-9 hours daily

Pain

It will take at least 3 months for the whole regimen to work. I will give you update later! Please pray for me that all of these regimens will work,  I really don’t want to have surgery to get rid of the endometriomas _/||\_

Mar 2018: PD1 – 7 Hours Battle

That’s me after battled intense pains for 7 hours straight. Diclofenac, Valerian root, Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, Turmeric, Magnesium, and massage, none of them helped with the pain. I could only be crying while watching The Big Bang Theory. Comedy usually helps to distract my attention from the pain, but not yesterday. I was so frustrated, I could only think about the pain >_<

I felt better around 6 PM, I took valerian root to relax my uterus’ muscles, it worked. Surprisingly I didn’t feel drowsy at all after that. I took Diclofenac+Pantoprazole after dinner to control the pain furthermore. Around 9:30 PM I took another Valerian root to help me sleep. It worked, I slept very soundly until the next morning.

One scary day has passed. Thank you my uterus for fighting alongside me with a great courage. We were suffering together yesterday. I promise to eat less fish, do more yoga, and take the supplements on time. Let’s heal together _/||\_