Nettles for Iron, Energy & Liver Support

Nettles for Iron, Energy & Liver Support

Nettles for Iron, Energy & Liver Support

Chloe Hodder

Founder, Green Body Mojo

The singing nettles that grow wild in our gardens and countryside are often viewed as a weed and all-around menace, but they are a haven for wildlife, a delicious leafy green (nettle pesto) and potent herbal remedy.

Benefits of Nettles:

  • Nettles are reported to have the greatest levels of chlorophyll of any herb, making them a more affordable superfood than blue-green algae. This chlorophyll content helps support the immune system and aid liver detoxification, key in both chronic fatigue and endometriosis.
  • They are also deeply nourishing, containing a wide range of vitamins and minerals, most notably iron – another key element in both fatigue and the monthly cycle.
  • If your immune system is impaired, UTI’s can be a common occurrence – as a diuretic, nettles help stimulate elimination and flush out harmful bacteria.
  • A wonderful uterine tonic if consumed regularly. 
  • 2.7g protein per 100g, cooked.
  • Due to their strengthening properties, nettles are often used to build up energy and stamina.

Sourcing nettles:

Dried nettles can be purchased online or fresh nettles can be picked yourself if you fancy a foraging adventure:

  • Choose your nettles wisely. Do not pick nettles that grow by the side of a road, are in an area where pesticides are sprayed or that are low-down on a well worn dog-walking route!
  • Take a pair of scissors to snip the heads off and a bucket to catch them in – there’s no need to touch the nettles with your hands, but you can take a pair of gardening gloves if you find it easier.
  • Use a colander to give the nettles a good shake. 
  • Soak them in a salt solution to remove any debris. 

Consuming nettles: 

Nettles must be cooked to mitigate the sting!

For eating, simply saute or steam and treat them like spinach.

For drinking, steep fresh nettles in hot water – 15 minutes if you can’t wait, longer if you can (overnight or for at least four hours according to Wise Woman Herbal Ezine). The hot water helps extract the properties, though you wouldn’t want to have them on the boil as this can destroy nutrients.

Enjoy 🙂

 

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The Top Sources of Plant Based Calcium

The Top Sources of Plant Based Calcium

The Top Sources of Plant Based Calcium

Chloe Hodder

Founder, Green Body Mojo

If you are currently taking hormone treatment for endometriosis, or have done in the past, it’s important to be aware of the potential side effects.

The below study, while a bit of a mouthful, shows there is concern over these medical treatments in relation to bone-loss.

Impact of medical treatments
of endometriosis on bone mass

 

A review of studies examining the effect of medical therapy of endometriosis on bone mass and potential approaches to preventing bone loss was undertaken. Studies specifically examining bone density in women with endometriosis treated medically were used.

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…While initial studies with dual-photon absorptiometry were unable to detect appreciable bone loss with gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist, subsequent studies have invariably found significant bone loss beginning as early as 3 months of treatment.

 

Quantitated computerized tomography always shows significant trabecular bone loss of the vertebrae and hip with gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist. Depot preparations appear to produce more marked loss than daily injections of intranasal spray.

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Recent studies indicate recovery of bone loss may take longer than 6 months or even 1 year after discontinuation of therapy with considerable individual variation.

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…Impact of medical therapy on bone mass should be a practical consideration in the selection of patients, in repeat medical therapy for recurrence of endometriosis, and in the formulation of medical therapy so as to attenuate or overcome such silent adverse effects.

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Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones?
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While we may most often think of our bones as a skeleton to hold us up, we mustn’t forget they are a living structure; continually forming new bone tissue and then breaking it down and reabsorbing it.

After our peak bone density is reached at the age of 30, reabsorption of bone tissue gradually begins to exceed new formation.

This is how our bones become weaker over time.

The ageing process isn’t the only cause of bone-loss, a low-calcium diet, smoking, lack of exercise and certain medications can contribute and tip the scales in the favour of reabsorption.

Bone loss (osteopenia) can eventually lead to osteoporosis, which makes you more fragile and susceptible to fractures.

Building up your bones

Calcium is well known as a key mineral in the formation of new bone tissue, and if we don’t get enough calcium through our diet, it’s taken from our bones.

The RDA (recommended daily allowance) of calcium for women aged 18-50 years old is 1000mg.

This is easily achievable on a plant-based diet.

While the importance of calcium is clear, other nutrients are involved in the overall health of our bones and plants have us covered here too.

Here are the top sources of plant-based calcium:

  • Blackstrap molasses: 2 tbsp = 400mg
  • Collard greens, cooked: 1 cup = 357mg
  • Almonds: 100g = 264mg
  • Turnip greens, cooked: 1 cup = 249mg
  • Chickpeas: 1 cup = 210mg
  • Kale, cooked: 1 cup = 179mg
  • Seaweed (kelp): 100g = 168mg
  • Bok choy, cooked: 1 cup = 158mg
  • Mustard greens, cooked: 1 cup = 152mg
  • Okra, cooked: 1 cup = 135mg
  • Amaranth, cooked: 1 cup = 115.6mg
  • Tahini: 2 tbsp = 128mg
  • Sesame seeds: 1 tbsp = 87.8mg
  • Chia seeds: 1 tbsp = 63mg

Hemp and nut milks are also a good source of calcium.

 

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What is Endometriosis? Symptoms, Myths, Prognosis and Treatment Options

What is Endometriosis? Symptoms, Myths, Prognosis and Treatment Options

What is Endometriosis?
Symptoms, Myths, Prognosis and Treatment Options…

Chloe Hodder

Founder, Green Body Mojo

Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that occurs when tissues similar to those that line the uterus ‘crack their own detail’ and start growing elsewhere in the body (though mostly within the pelvic area).

These tissues then shed in the same way that the uterus does (your period) – except this time, there’s nowhere for the blood to exit the body. Blood, where it shouldn’t be, is corrosive. This can cause pain, inflammation and the development of scar tissue and adhesions. 

Oh and did I mention, unlike your monthly cycle, these rogue tissues grow and shed at their own leisure. 

It’s like a perpetual period party.

This is endometriosis.

Or as I call it, uterus-gone-wild.

Symptoms of Endometriosis

The experience of endometriosis is not clearcut. For some women, endometriosis is extremely debilitating and has a significant impact on their day-to-day life. For others, it’s most apparent during their period. Yet still, there are those who don’t present with one of the most common symptoms – pelvic pain -and are only diagnosed through investigations into fertility or other conditions. 

Symptoms can include:

  • Chronic pain, notably pelvic pain
  • Extreme period pain
  • Heavy or irregular periods
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating (often called “the endo belly”)
  • Depression
  • Low immune system
  • Painful bowel or urine movements
  • Painful sex
  • Fertility complications
  • Nausea and vomiting with periods

Prevalence

  • 1 in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK suffers from endometriosis.
  • 10% of women worldwide have endometriosis – that’s 176 million worldwide.
  • The prevalence of endometriosis in women with infertility can be as high as to 30–50%.
  • Endometriosis is the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK.
  • Endometriosis affects 1.5 million women, a similar number of women affected by diabetes.
  • On average it takes 7.5 years from onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis.
  • Endometriosis costs the UK economy £8.2bn a year in treatment, loss of work and healthcare costs.
  • The cause of endometriosis is unknown and there is no definite cure.

endometriosis-uk.org

Receiving a diagnosis

In 2011, a diagnosis survey by Endometriosis UK found that, on average, it takes 7.5 years from onset of symptoms to receive a diagnosis.

In the documentary “Endo What?” it takes eight doctors over 10 years for a woman to be diagnosed.

My diagnosis took over a decade too, even though I saw practically every GP in my local medical practice and my symptoms were severe enough to render me unconscious – what’s a girl got to do! 

…And the kicker was, a specialist endometriosis centre was set up in a hospital just 30 miles from where I lived. Yet it took years for me to access it. 

The trials and tribulations of receiving a diagnosis are shared by many women.

But why? 

Since endometriosis is associated with the monthly cycle, it is often brushed off by GP’s as “just period pain” with no further investigation. 

Words Your GP Didn’t Let You Finish 

In other instances, it is misdiagnosed – often as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). 

Yet without knowing what you’re dealing with, how can you begin to deal with it? 

A diagnosis is the first step.

If you’re having a hard time getting your GP to understand you, ask them for a referral to an endometriosis specialist, if there is one in your area (Google what’s available before your appointment so you can be in the know), or at least to a gynaecologist. As GPs are being put under increasing pressure to refrain from making referrals (The NHS is rolling out a scheme that requires all family doctors in England to seek approval from a medical panel for all non-urgent hospital referrals) this may be met with resistance. Don’t be put off, list each your symptoms and the impact they are having on your life and persist.

If the gynaecologist doesn’t give you the time of day, ask to see a different one for a second opinion. Don’t stick with a doctor who patronises you or minimises your symptoms. There are plenty of good doctors out there so don’t settle.

Diagnosis can include a pelvic exam and ultrasound as a start, but the only definitive diagnosis is through a laparoscopy. This keyhole surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and gives the surgeon a clear look into the pelvic region.

You can usually go home on the same day, or stay the night and go home the next morning (you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first night). As the incisions are tiny, I had thought I’d be off climbing by the weekend. Not so, it will take a couple weeks to recover.

While the are inherent risks with surgery, a laparoscopy is about as minimally invasive as you can get and I feel very thankful to have been given the opportunity to have mine done. 

Stages of endometriosis 

Endometriosis is classified with four stages: 

Different factors determine the stage of the disorder. These factors can include the location, number, size, and depth of endometrial implants.

 

Stage 1: Minimal

In minimal endometriosis, there are small lesions or wounds and shallow endometrial implants on your ovary. There may also be inflammation in or around your pelvic cavity.

 

Stage 2: Mild

Mild endometriosis involves light lesions and shallow implants on an ovary and the pelvic lining.

 

Stage 3: Moderate

Moderate endometriosis involves deep implants on your ovary and pelvic lining. There can also be more lesions.

 

Stage 4: Severe

The most severe stage of endometriosis involves deep implants on your pelvic lining and ovaries. There may also be lesions on your fallopian tubes and bowels.

 

healthline.com

Endometriosis Myths

 

Myth 1: Severe period pain is normal.

Too many women are crippled by severe period pain every month and it’s not normal. Pain is not a happening for the sake of it, it’s your body’s way of alerting you to a problem.

Myth 2: Endometriosis equals infertility.

Endometriosis may put you in the category more likely to have fertility complications, however, it does not automatically mean you are infertile. 

Early diagnosis can help you manage your fertility, so it’s important to get diagnosed if you think you have endometriosis and are worried about fertility.

Myth 3: You’re too young and/or fit & healthy to have endometriosis.

I was told by doctors, as well as nurses who carried out tests, that I was too young, fit and healthy to have anything wrong with me – until I finally clawed my way to a diagnosis. Being young or physically active doesn’t exclude you from endometriosis.

Myth 4: Medical treatments cure endometriosis. 

  • Surgically removing endometrial-like tissue does not mean the endometriosis is gone. As with the lining of the womb, it grows back.
  • Painkillers work by masking the symptoms rather than addressing the root cause.

    NSAIDS: The Painful Truth Behind Painkillers (Infographic)

  • Hormonal treatments similarly suppress the symptoms, and like every drug, have a side effect and can result in further imbalances.
  • A hysterectomy may remove the uterus and associated period issues, but as endometriosis is ectopic – growing outside of where it should – does not prevent or cure endometriosis.

What we know about endometriosis

While there is much to discover about endometriosis, there seems to be three main factors that are deeply entrenched in the disease and influence our degree of symptoms: 

  1. Immune dysfunction 
  2. Chronic inflammation 
  3. Hormone imbalance

I find it helpful to look at endometriosis from a physiological sense and break it down in this way – because the more we understand endometriosis, the more we can do about it.

…If endometriosis is rooted in immune dysfunction, is there anything that is contributing towards this dysfunction (a gut imbalance, history of antibiotics, post-viral fatigue, fungal infections, candida, food intolerances…)?

…If endometriosis is inflammatory and my body is in a state of chronic inflammation, how can I reduce or eliminate inflammation?

…If endometriosis is oestrogen-dependant for its survival, how can I remove excess oestrogen and rebalance my hormones?

The 3 Factors that Influence Endometriosis (coming soon)

Prognosis – so you have endometriosis, now what?

Whether the body can resolve endometriosis is yet to be seen, though it can certainly be managed.

How you do that is up to you. 

I chose the natural or holistic approach, as this made the most sense to me.

My aim was to:

  • Strengthen my immune system so that my body becomes more resilient and better equipped to handle whatever comes its way.
  • Reduce, if not eliminate, chronic inflammation so that I can improve my overall health and wellbeing and so that my efforts can hit their mark.
  • Balance my hormones to help prevent the spread of the endometrial-like tissue.

By the time I received my diagnosis, I already had my symptoms under control through natural means, however, the diagnosis gave me confirmation of what I was dealing with and so I could approach it as endometriosis (not just period pain on steroids).

  • An anti-inflammatory diet (see The Endo Diet Explained)
  • Hardcore relaxation – switching the body over from predominately running on the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) aka “fight or flight” mode to the parasympathetic nervous system (PSN) aka “rest and digest” mode. 
  • Herbal remedies to support the immune system, relax the body and restore hormonal balance.
  • Pain-relief techniques such as myofascial release.
  • Movement, such as yoga, to help you connect and communicate with your body and improve flow.

Whether you have been diagnosed or not, the natural methods listed support your body as a whole, so they’re a good place to start.

 

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The Endo Diet Explained

The Endo Diet Explained

The Endo Diet Explained

Chloe Hodder

Founder, Green Body Mojo

 

Since endometriosis is an inflammatory disease, an anti-inflammatory diet is a pretty good place to start.

Beyond what it says on the tin, an anti-inflammatory diet can help to:  

  • Strengthen the immune system; key, since endometriosis is rooted in immune dysfunction.
  • Support the liver; notably to remove excess oestrogen.
  • Restore gut health; the foundation of a happy, healthy body.

An anti-inflammatory diet played a major role in giving my body the opportunity to heal fully from chronic fatigue and help me get my endometriosis under control.

The Belly of the Beast

The pain forged by endometriosis can feel as if your body is punishing you.

That’s not the intention; your body actually trying to communicate with you.

…Much like my springer spaniel when he’s bounding around the house with my favourite jacket between his teeth – he just wants attention. 

When you’re curled up in a fetal position, feeling as if you’re going to pass out from the pain, sure, pain can seem like the problem. Believe I understand.

…But when we take painkillers or synthetic hormones, these tune out the pain and mask the true problem.

We may not be able to hear it so well anymore, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone away.

Every drug has a side-effect, and being free from pain is the utmost priority, for me, I regarded these as short-term relief rather than a long-term solution.

NSAIDS: The Painful Truth Behind Painkillers (Infographic)

Pain is a messenger, and so stopped relying on painkillers and started to listen. 

The more I developed an understanding of my body, the more I could help it. 

I learned that there are three main factors that influence endometriosis: 

  1. Immune dysfunction 
  2. Chronic inflammation 
  3. Hormone imbalance

…All of which we can do something about, through:

  • An anti-inflammatory diet
  • Relaxation: turning on the PSN (parasympathetic nervous system) so that your body is in a state of rest and rejuvenation. 
  • Pain-relief techniques
  • Herbal remedies to restore order
  • Movement to connect to your body and improve flow

In this post, we’ll focus on diet and chronic inflammation.

 

Does your diet fuel or fatigue you?

 

 

Food can either fuel us or fatigue us.

Think of your cells as rechargeable batteries. They have the potential to replenish over and over again.

As we get older, our recharge rate gradually lessens. While the ageing process is perfectly natural, it isn’t the only factor that affects our ability to renew cells.

Chronic inflammation increases the rate of ‘wear and tear’ on cells, putting the body under extra strain and depleting resources.

So if you feel like life’s a treadmill and you can’t keep up the pace, it’s no wonder!

Chronic inflammation is the result of a number of different factors, namely diet, activity levels, stress levels and exposure to toxins.

At least two-three times a day we have an opportunity to fuel ourselves.

Our choices of food either increase our charge or decrease it.

The more you can keep charged up by choosing anti-inflammatory foods, the more resources you have to put towards healing.

So is this a diet-diet?

Giant corporations, mainstream media and die-hards have taken the word “diet” and attached a boatload of emotional baggage to it.

The use of the word “diet” here simply means the following: The kinds of foods habitually eaten.

This is not about counting calories, measly portion sizes or joining a food-cult.

The Endo Diet is a celebration of real food; foods that give the body what it needs to be strong, balanced and full of energy.

 

Foods I love:

  • Vegetables (especially cruciferous)
  • Berries & fruits (fruits to a lesser degree)
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Pseudo-grains (buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa & wild rice)
  • Beans & legumes
  • Sea vegetables
  • Fermented foods
  • Sprouted seeds
  • Herbs and spices such as garlic and ginger

These foods come under the heading of “whole foods”; foods in their complete state, as nature intended.

What’s the big deal about whole foods?

The simplest way to describe the benefits of whole foods is with the saying, “There’s no I in team”.

While whole foods are well known for their complex array of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and other health-promoting properties, it’s not just what they contain that important, but how these properties work together.

For example, if not careful, vitamins and minerals that are taken in isolation (through supplements) can upset the body’s delicate symbiosis, leading to a deficiency elsewhere.

Further still, the less well-known enzymes, amino acids and trace minerals are often left out. 

There is so much we don’t know, but what we can trust in is that nature has provided us with everything we need to thrive.

The benefits of whole foods:

  • Contain antioxidants that help fight free radical damage.
  • Provide an array of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to nourish you on a cellular level.
  • Are a form of complex carbohydrates that provide slow release energy and don’t cause blood sugar highs and lows.
  • A source of fibre to help you feel full as well as aiding digestion and providing fuel for the good bacteria in the colon.
  • Come in a wide variety of options to keep things interesting.
  • Tasty
  • Colourful
  • Help foster a connection to the earth.

 Foods I leave out:

  • Heavily processed foods and all those containing additives
  • Animal products (with the exception of pure, cert. organic honey)
  • Drinks that contain alcohol, caffeine, artificial ingredients or fruit juice (the sugar in fruit is best consumed with its fibre)
  • Refined sugar
  • Wheat/gluten
  • Cereal grains
  • Rancid oils
  • Soy

These foods are regarded as inflammatory; they can cause disruption to hormone levels, increase prostaglandins (more on that below), feed the bad bacteria and contribute to fatigue and chronic inflammation.

The effect of inflammatory foods in endometriosis:

The aptly named SAD (Standard American Diet) of processed, fried and refined foods is indicative of many modern diets and a major contributor to the rising levels of inflammatory disease.

The Standard American Diet is Even Sadder
Than We Thought… 

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  • 63% of America’s calories come from refined and processed foods (e.g. soft drinks, packaged snacks like potato chips, packaged desserts, etc.)
  • 25% of America’s calories come from animal-based foods
  • 12% of America’s calories come from plant-based foods

Unfortunately, half of the plant-based calories (6%) come from french fries. That means only 6% of America’s calories are coming from health-promoting fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

 

Forks Over Knifes

Yikes.

While you may not lead a McLifestyle, there’s no getting away from the fact that our foods are being tampered with. 

Rates of chronic and inflammatory diseases have taken a sharp rise over the last 100 years¹, which directly correlates with the modernisation of our lifestyles ² and a move from good, honest food into ‘Phood’ (processed foods).

The result of which leaves many of us “overfed and undernourished” and in a state of chronic inflammation.

An inflammatory diet can exacerbate the symptoms of endometriosis for a number of reasons.

1. Being ‘inflamed’ is inherently uncomfortable.

Inflammation is initiated upon tissue injury and sets off a cascade of biochemical reactions that prime the nervous system for pain sensing.

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Moreover, long-term inflammation reinforces adaptive changes in the nervous system that can cause the sensation of pain to become exaggerated or inappropriate.

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2. Being in pain opens the door to more pain.

After not having to resort to NSAIDS for four cycles, I was suddenly hit with a painful one. Having trapped a nerve in my neck, my diet had taken a decline, plus I was extremely stressed out at the time. My medical herbalist told me, “The more pain there is, the more pain you will have.”

An inflammatory diet puts the body under consistent stress, and the more stressed you are, the more sensitive and receptive you can be to pain.

Being in a state of stress doesn’t just take an emotional toll, it affects your physiology too; the way you carry your body, muscles tense and knotted, and with shallow breathing…

Stress can escalate the endometrial pain.

Diet is not the one answer to de-stressing your body, but it is a major influencer. 

Natural Methods for Preventing Pain Escalation in Endometriosis (coming soon)

3. Increased levels of inflammatory prostaglandins correlate to the amount of menstrual pain experienced.

Shortly before a period begins, the endometrial cells that form the lining of the uterus make large amounts of prostaglandins. When these cells break down during menstruation, the prostaglandins are released. They constrict the blood vessels in the uterus and make its muscle layer contract, causing painful cramps. Some of the prostaglandins also enter the bloodstream, causing headache, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea.

 

Researchers have measured the amount of prostaglandins produced by the endometrial cells and found that it is higher in women with menstrual pain¹ than for women who have little or no pain. 

 

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Diet is the kingpin in the production of prostaglandins – reduce inflammatory prostaglandins and you can reduce pain.

Prostaglandins & Menstrual Pain (coming soon)

What’s Next?

Start today by looking at your current diet – are you eating more foods that fall in “love it” or “leave it” list?

Let me know more about your diet, either in the comments section below or on the Facebook group, and I will help you to make yummy substitutions!

The FAQ post will be posted this week so stay tuned for that. 

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Words Your GP Didn’t Let You Finish #endometriosisawareness

Words Your GP Didn’t Let You Finish #endometriosisawareness

Words Your GP Didn't Let You Finish

#endometriosisawareness

Chloe Hodder

Founder, Green Body Mojo

If you have endometriosis or dysmenorrhea (painful periods), you’re probably a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to pain.

The word “pain” is a Pandora’s Box. Those four letters encapsulate so very much.

Inuit’s captured our imagination with their reported “Hundred Words for Snow”, but we too have different words for it – ask any skier or mountaineer. 

Yet pain is just, well, pain.

This is one of the pivotal problems we encounter when visiting the GP – it’s hard to get across your degree of pain. Their Scale of 1-10 is entirely subjective and you end up being demoted from “9 – my limbs are accounted for” to “a bit of a tummy ache”.

…This is not exclusive to male GP’s (though that line was a corker after I had been curled up in fetal position on the bathroom floor, shaking, vomiting, wet through from sweat and close to passing out). Sadly, I’ve known some uterus-bearing GP’s to be more dismissive, those who “have period pain too and just get on with it”. 

GP’s are under pressure, I appreciate that, but with that salary, I don’t feel too bad for them.

Painkillers can be used as a stop-gap, as it is hard-impossible to function when you’re in pain, but I don’t believe in using them long term without first exhausting all other options.

Further reading: NSAIDS – The Painful Truth Behind Painkillers

The long and short of it?

Pain(ful periods) need to be investigated.

Recent research shows that there is now an average of 7.5 years between women first seeing a doctor about their symptoms and receiving a firm diagnosis.

endometriosis-uk.org

My diagnosis took over a decade.

…Yet, my symptoms of an acute attack were extreme.

  • Vomiting
  • Feverish (hot and drenched in sweat)
  • Prolonged period (mind the pun) of faintness.
  • Becoming unconscious on a number of occasions (and, again, prolonged unconsciousness, not just momentary).
  • Barely able to move.

…And then there was the pain.

  • The deep-seated pain that felt as if it were radiating out of my very my bones, like a constant low-level hum.
  • The sharp stabbing pain that felt like a frenzied attack.
  • The heavy pain that pulled me down to the ground, literally.
  • The toxic pain that felt as if my body was waging war on itself.
  • …And then there was the cramping pain that felt like my insides were twisting into knots. 

I could usually pre-empt an acute attack by the ominous, uneasy feeling that would build, call me Nostradamus, and would have to get myself to a bathroom ASAP to lay on the floor until it passed. The worst of which would burn through in 45 mins – 1.5hrs. 

But during those 2700 – 5400 seconds… All layered up, this became a monstrous pain that felt as if I wouldn’t survive it.

Afterwards, I would feel completely numb as if my body was in shock. It probably was.

This sounds all very melodramatic to anyone that has never experienced their uterus-gone-wild, but this is coming from someone who is pretty darn stoical and thinker-oriented (as opposed to Feely-McFeelerson). 

One time I went to deliver the village postscript to a certain house and their dog ran out and attacked my leg, and I was like, I’ll just leave this in the porch, shall I?

…Then hobbled into the porch with the dog still attached to my leg.

I’m not someone who likes to make a fuss. But I will here because I know I’m not the only one with this experience. 

So for anyone who has ever visited a GP and been patronised over their “bit of tummy ache” or cut off mid-sentence and told to “just take ibuprofen”, I’d like to offer you the space to say what your GP didn’t let you finish. 

…Because if you went to your GP with those symptoms, and left out the part about being on your period, you’d be sent straight to a hospital for tests. 

I was able to eliminate nearly all of my pain through a natural approach – but only after I dealt with it as “endometriosis” rather than “just period pain”.

This pain is not normal and raising awareness will help others to get a quicker diagnosis. So share this post with anyone you know who is quietly suffering and share your experience below in comments section if you’d like.

 

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