Mod Pizza vs My Body

I went to Mod Pizza last night. I ordered a gluten-free pizza with mushroom, garlic, and vegetable toppings and dairy free cheese. It was soooo good! But unfortunately, my stomach didn’t like it. My stomach fell heavy sensation, it feels like someone scrapping my stomach lining, and I fell nauseous all night. I thought the symptoms occurred because I ate too much pizza. I drank 1 tbsp of olive oil before bed and put on my TENS unit on my stomach.

When I woke up this morning, I feel better. The stomach discomfort has gone and also the nausea. But then I ate the pizza leftovers for lunch, omg the pain came back after 15 minutes. I feel nauseous again. I don’t know what ingredients in that pizza that my body disagrees with 😞 Seriously, it was a gluten free, dairy free, veggies pizza!

I’m on my bed, again. I just drank 1 tbsp of olive oil, hopefully, it will neutralize the pain soon. I’m so tired of any kind of pain 😭

Back to Square One

I relapsed. I eat fry food, a little bit cheese here and there, sugary drinks, food additives, too little veggies, too much carbs, too much fish😞 It’s difficult not to eat the restricted food when you’re invited to dinner by family, almost every day. I started to loosen my diet restrictions, stop exercising , not even walking, and 2 months later I’m crying because of severe pain, short menstrual cycle, and feel depressed.

What I’ve done?! 😭😭😭

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!