Living With Adenomyosis, Endometriosis, and Fibroid
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.
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.
Sometime last year, my Ayurvedic doctor shared me a post on Instagram about acupressure to relieve menstrual pain. I tried it, it works. But the thing is, when you’re in pain, you don’t want to massage yourself for 30 minutes straight. Ideally, you just want to relax and someone else will do it for you. But what if you’re all alone at home while you’re in pain? I came up with a solution for it. Yep, I bought a TENS unit!!!
What is a TENS unit?
TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a device that sends small electrical currents to targeted body parts, which are predominately used for pain relief and the treatment of pain and nerve related pain conditions (acute and chronic conditions).
I bought a rechargeable version for 168 yuan (about USD24.00). Yes, the buttons are all on Chinese. I had to translate each word into English to make sure that I have the correct mode. My favorite is the “continuous massage” option and I only use that all of these times. The other 11 options are useless! LOL
How do you use it to relieve menstrual pain?
There are some acupressure points that will help to relieve symptoms related to menstrual pain that causes by Adenomyosis, Endometriosis, or Fibroid. For me, I use it to relieve cramps and back pain when I’m having menstruation or ovulation.
To relieve your pain, all you have to do is to put each of the electrodes patches to certain acupressure points and turn on the TENS unit. I usually do it as long as I have pain. I’m not sure whether that would be dangerous, I don’t really care, as long as the pain is gone! LOL
These are my favorite points to relieve cramps or ovaries pain:
I need to warn you that massaging or put TENS patches on these points could be quite painful when you’re having menstrual pain but believe me, your menstrual pain will be relieved.
SP 6 Clinical Usages
Tonify Yin and Blood, all Spleen disorders.
Digestive disorders, sinking/prolapse.
Gynecological issues, male sexual issues, difficult labor (expel fetus).
Bleeding disorders, uterine bleeding, cool blood in hot skin diseases.
Insomnia, palpitations, and other anxiety-related emotions.
ST 36 Clinical Usages
Tonify deficient Qi a/or Blood.
Tonify Wei Qi and Qi overall – low immunity, chronic illness, poor digestion, general weakness, particularly with moxibustion, a very important acupuncture point for building and maintaining overall health.
All issues involving the Stomach a/or the Spleen – abdominal/epigastric pain, borborygmus, bloating, nausea, vomiting, GERD, hiccups, diarrhea, constipation, etc.
Clear disorders along the course of the channel – breast problems, lower leg pain.
Earth as the mother of Metal – will support Lung function in cases of asthma, wheezing, dyspnea.
The main point for all menstrual disorders with Deficient, Cold a/or Stagnation Patterns – scanty menstruation, pale blood.
Sexual / Fertility Issues – infertility, impotence, seminal emission, amenorrhea, bleeding during pregnancy.
Yang collapse – chills, profuse sweating, SOB, unconsciousness.
Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: An important point for the storage and development of Qi (energy), useful for deficiency conditions – weakness, shortness of breath, sexual issues. May also be used in Tong Ren (no needling) to ease delivery.
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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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
Herbal tea: raspberry leaf tea, Yogi Women Moon Cycle
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
Target: 7-9 hours daily
Diclofenac + Pantoprazole/Domperidone or Ibuprofen
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 _/||\_
I have stopped consuming white rice for about 3 weeks now. It’s hard at the beginning, I have been eating white rice all of my life. I love the taste, I love to eat warm white rice with fried fish, sambal, raw veggies and basil leaves. It reminds me of my home country 😭 But I gotta do what I gotta do 😑
I tried to buy organic food as much as I can when I can find it and I have money for it, then I’ll buy it. I found a good supplier of organic grains on Taobao.com, the price is not crazy expensive, so it’s a very good deal for me!
For organic food in China, you can tell from the special label that being attached to the packaging.
I replaced my white rice stock with some varieties of grains. I prefer brown rice, black rice, millets, and buckwheat for now.
For brown and black rice, you have to soak it at least 7 hours. Usually, I will soak it in the morning and cook it for dinner.
Cooking brown rice can be challenging for a person who has never cooked it before. The first couple times cooking it was disastrous, I put too much water, it was mushy like a porridge 😆
Tonight, I got it right. I mixed a half cup of brown rice and a half cup of black rice with 2 cups of water. I also add 3 tablespoons of thick coconut milk and a half teaspoon of salt to make it tastier, and tadaaaa… it was perfect!
I had a better luck with cooking millets 😆
For millets, you don’t have to soak it. For 1 cup of millets, you have to add 2 cups of water.
I haven’t try to cook buckwheat yet, I will let you all know when I do 😬