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 _/||\_

Sleepless Night, Thank You Pain!

My period started earlier this month, I think it’s because of too much fish in my diet. It’s down from 27 days cycle on Nov-Dec 2017 and 28 days on Dec 2017- Jan 2018 to 24 days on Jan-Feb 2018. Darn fish! 😡

Pain wise, it’s  about the same as my last period. Until yesterday (Day 10). Well, it’s my own mistake, I ate sambal (Indonesian traditional spicy salsa-like sauce) with my dinner because I barely feel pain all day (cocky!). I had to learn the hard way, again! 😰

I stayed up late to make a big batch of fruits and veggies juice. Around 11:30 PM I felt cramps on my right lower abdomen, I took 1x500mg valerian root capsule (It works as muscle relaxer) I thought it will help to relieve the pain, but I was wrong. When I finished my juice around 00:50 AM, my pain escalated so fast. I had rectum pain (3-4/10), right lower abdomen pain (2-3/10), and lower back pain (2-3/10). Around 1 AM I took Serrapeptase+Nattokinase, it usually helps to relieve the pain that was not that severe, but the thing was it continues for hours, I couldn’t sleep at all. I cried because I felt frustrated, none of my medicine worked. At 3:50 AM I made a coriander+ginger decoction, I felt slightly better around 5 AM. I took diclofenac+pantoprazole around 6 AM. I feel much better one hour later. It’s official, I didn’t sleep at all last night! It’s the first time in my life it happens. 😭

I need to stop doing stupid things that hurt me >_<

Endo Diet Phase 1: Day 2&3

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Day 2

  • Weight: still the same
  • Fluid: water, lemon water
  • Breakfast: banana, carrot+ginger juice
  • Lunch: baked carrot, zucchini, chicken liver and fish — I felt lower abdomen discomfort not long after that. I think it’s the chicken liver (halal, not organic) and fish (leftovers from last night – I ordered from Indian restaurant, I didn’t know what kind of fish it was)
  • Snack: carrot+ginger juice
  • Dinner: baked salmon, carrot, zucchini — no discomfort or pain all night
  • Exercise: yoga

Day 2 was pretty easy, no cravings whatsoever.

Day 3

  • Weight: still the same
  • Fluid: water, lemon water, chamomile+osmanthus tea
  • Fruits: banana
  • Breakfast: — I missed my breakfast >_<
  • Lunch: Grilled zucchini, squash, and arugula
  • Dinner: garlicky spinach and baked cod
  • Snack: lemon filled olives, banana
  • Exercise: yoga, walking

I craved brownies and green tea latte all day. It’s hard when you see your husband eat brownies and you can’t have it >_<

I took a bite of beef patty from my husband’s plate at lunch to see how’s my body react, well… one bite was too little, no reaction! LOL

Thoughts

~ I still feel worried that I eat too much fish (it’s 4 days in a row now!) and causes me more pain on my next period (about a week for now). I usually eat non-plant based food (salmon sushi) once a week only. Again, I have no proper protein source other than meats for now. I guess I can eat bok choy or broccoli, but I will need to eat a bunch of it to keep my current weight!

~ It’s difficult to get organic chicken at a local groceries store. I can order it online from Taobao, but the price is quite expensive and so far I can only buy the whole chicken. I need to search harder…

~ The book‘s diet plan sample mentioned having bone marrow broth as a snack. I went to the biggest groceries store in Nanjing to buy cow’s bone marrow, it has it but in the packaging didn’t say that it’s from an organic farm or a grass-fed cow. So, I didn’t buy it. I’m still thinking what snack options I can get.