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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.
- Serrapeptase (40,000 SPU x 3) : anti-inflammatory
- Nattokinase (2,000 FU x 3): pain-support, anti-thrombotic
- Pycnogenol (60mg): hormone balancing, antioxidant
- NAC (1200mg): detoxification, anti-inflammatory
- DIM (150mg): hormone balancing
- Vitex/Chaste Berry (40mg): hormone balancing
- Curcumin (500mg): anti-inflammatory
- Multivitamin and mineral supplement: methylation support
- Vitamin D (1000-4000IU + fatty food): methylation support
- Magnesium (400-1200mg): sleep support
- Milk thistle/Silymarin (300mg): 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: detoxification, immune support
- Melatonin (5mg): sleep support
- Cramp Bark (as needed)
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.
- lemon water
- 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
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 _/||\_