MRI

I had an appointment with Dr. Xiaoming Guan last week. He is very knowledgeable about Endometriosis and Adenomyosis. Well, he is on Nancy’s Nook Endo specialist list (Facebook group), of course he’s good! Nancy’s Nook Endo specialist list is a list of Drs/surgeons who have good records on treating Endometriosis. Skilled and very knowledgeable doctors! You will not waste your time and money when you’re on their hands, that’s all I want to say.

Dr Guan did a physical examination, and he found a nodule on the posterior area of my uterus, nearby my rectum. When he poke it to check, it was sooooo freaking hurt! The pain shots from my butt to my lower abdomen! 😭 He said my Endometriosis is pretty severe. My doctor in China never mentioned about Endometriosis on posterior area, they only found Endometriomas on my both ovaries. And the doctor have never di physical exams just like what Dr Guan did.

He mentioned about my Adenomyosis. He said it will be difficult to treat Adenomyosis surgery wise, he ordered me to do MRI so he can have a better look of my condition. After he get the result, he will decide what treatment plan for me.

So, here I am today, on Texas Children’s Hospital Women’s Pavilion waiting room waiting for my MRI schedule time. I came way too early, so I just decide to hang out here while drinking kombucha.

I have to stop eating 3 hours before the MRI. They told me they also will give me an IV that has some kind of dye so they can see the color image on the MRI. Eeeekkk… that’s make me nervous, I don’t like needles!

The procedure will take 45 minutes. And the MRI machine is the one that looks like tunnel. Oh mannn… That’s make me even more nervous!

The MRI cost is expensive, about US$1,350. I have to pay about half out of my pocket, the rest will be covered by my insurance. I’m so broke, I don’t have $750 to pay it. But luckily my in-laws want to pay it for me. Yay me!

Okay, I need to get ready, I’ll give you update later. Please pray for me 🙏🏼

Update:

The radiology department nurse and receptionists are nice. The radiologist who assisted me to do MRI were also very nice. Very good service from Texas Children’s Hospital Houston.

When the MRI scan started I was a little bit freaking out. Getting into small tunnel like space made me feel a little bit claustrophobic. I had a few seconds of initial stage of panic attack. My heart beat so hard, my body felt cold, and my breath start to shorten. The panic attack gotten worse when I open my eyes. So I decided to close my eyes and tried to imagine that I’m laying down on my bed, meanwhile I tried to control my panic attack. I had to survive the 45 minutes scan in that small chamber! I told my self, “you have to pay $1,350 for this, you can’t be controlled by your madness! Women up and take the control back!”. Well, I did it. I fought back the panic attack. Enjoyed Josh Groban’s music from the earphones that they gave me and fell asleep for eww minutes during the procedure 😂😂😂

The radiologist told me that she will send the result to Dr. Guan’s office on Monday or Tuesday. She also advised me to call the Dr’s office to ask about the follow up appointment.

After the MRI finished, I walked out of the Radiology Department. I saw Dr. Guan and I said hi. I told him that I just finished my MRI. He said he knows it, the radiologist called him, and the result is very interesting. I stopped, saw him and his nurse walked away, rushing to the radiology department. I was wondering, why the radiologist has to call him and said she found something very interesting? Is it something bad? Is it something good? What is that interesting thing? Why she has to call Dr. Guan? These questions in my head really bothers me 😞

But I cannot do anything about it, can I? Whatever it is, it exists in my body. I just need to hear the reality next week. I don’t want to think about it anymore… I don’t want to feel depressed 😞

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 😭

TENS Unit to Relieve Menstrual Pain

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.

SanYinJiao (SP6)
SP 6 Clinical Usages
  • Tonify Yin and Blood, all Spleen disorders.
  • Digestive disorders, sinking/prolapse.
  • Gynecological issues, male sexual issues, difficult labor (expel fetus).
  • Menstrual issues (irregular, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea).
  • Bleeding disorders, uterine bleeding, cool blood in hot skin diseases.
  • Insomnia, palpitations, and other anxiety-related emotions.
  • Dizziness, hypertension.
ZuSanLi (ST36)
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.
  • Psychological/Emotional disorders – PMS, depression, nervousness, insomnia.
GuanYuan (CV4)
CV 4 Clinical Usages
  • Generally, useful for deficiencies of Yin, Yang, Qi & Blood.
  • The main point for tonifying Prenatal Qi – exhaustion, weakness, chronic fatigue/diseases.
  • The main point for Kidney deficiencies of Qi, Jing a/or Yang – low back pain, bone disorders, early morning (5 a.m., “cock-crow”) diarrhea. rectal prolapse.
  • Genito-urinary issues with Deficient a/or Cold Patterns – incontinence, clear copious urine, nocturia.
  • 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.
QiHai (CV6)
CV 6 Clinical Usages
  • Generally, useful for Qi tonification.
  • Women’s health – hernia, uterine bleeding, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation/cramps), amenorrhea, leukorrhea.
  • Men’s health – impotence, seminal emission, nighttime urination, hernia.
  • Deficiencies of the lower and middle warmers – abdominal distention, bloating, edema, poor digestion, loose stools, diarrhea, fatigue.
  • Tonify ST/SP Qi Deficiencies.
  • The main point for prolapse of any type – rectum, uterus, etc.  Lower abdominal and/or genital pain swelling.
  • Stroke, loss of consciousness, weakness of the muscles and body generally.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Main point for building and storing Qi (energy), useful for deficiency conditions – asthma, shortness of breath, general fatigue, etc.

ChongMen (SP12)
SP 12 Clinical Usages
  • Used for a variety of urinary disorders (retention, painful) due to its functions of draining dampness, clearing heat and regulating urination.
  • Abdominal pain, hernia, hemorrhoids by regulating qi and invigorating blood.
FuShe (SP13)
SP 13 Clinical Usages
  • Abdominal pain, abdominal masses (fibroids, cysts, etc.), hernia, thigh pain – regulates the liver, qi, and alleviates pain.

These are my favorite points to relieve lower back pain:

Note: the picture above mentioned that the points are called “B” points but some different reference calls it “UB” points.

 

ShenShu (UB23)
UB 23 Clinical Usages
  • For all Kidney system related issues from a Chinese Medicine perspective which affect the brain, bone, hair, teeth a/or hearing.
  • Male deficiency related sexual problems: impotence, premature ejaculation, spermatorrhea, sterility, exhaustion following ejaculation.
  • Female sexual and reproductive disorders: irregular cycles, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, cold uterus, frigidity, infertility, leukorrhea.
  • Tonification point in deficiency conditions: exhaustion, weakness, chronic fatigue, good point for the elderly as Kidney Jing is naturally depleted.
  • The main point for acute or chronic low back pain, sprains a/or strains.
  • Useful for KD related ear issues: tinnitus, deafness, chronic ear infections.
  • Useful for dampness issues and water metabolism issues – edema, fluid retentions in the lower abdomen.
  • As the kidney system provides the root of the bodies energy many psychological conditions will respond well to tonification of this point as well – depression, anxiety disorders.
DaChangShu (UB25)
UB 25 Clinical Usages
  • Main point for low back pain especially when related to constipation a/or menstruation. Combine with local points such as GV 3UB 26Shiqizhui (between L5 and S1), UB 31UB 32GB 30 & distal points such as GB 34GB 39GB 41UB 40UB 57UB 58UB 60 & UB 62.
  • The main point for all intestine related issues: constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, colitis, IBS, etc.
  • Regulates the function in the colon so as potential uses for poor assimilation, limited weight gain despite eating many calories.

Rectum pain

For rectum pain, I usually put the patches on UB27-34 and UB48 points. Its really help!

Where to buy this TENS unit?

I bought mine on Taobao.com which practically the Amazon of China. But if you live in the US or other countries, Amazon will be the best place to buy it.

There are two kinds of TENS unit, one that is rechargeable and the other one is use battery. Me, personally choose the one that rechargeable. Something like these:

Let me know your experience with your TENS unit! <3

Source:

modernreflexology.com

yinyanghouse.com

 

 

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!