You’ve Been Diagnosed with Endometriosis – Now What? Endometriosis in Real Terms


So You’ve Been Diagnosed with Endometriosis, Now What? Endometriosis in Real Terms.

Chloe Hodder

Founder, Green Body Mojo

Being diagnosed with endometriosis is a mixed bag. On one hand, you feel relieved to have confirmation that the pain you have been experiencing is not “just period pain”, as you were probably told
for the first 5 years of visiting your GP, nor is it
something
more malignant.

Yet, receiving a diagnosis is deeply personal and can become ingrained into our identity. While endometriosis is part of your story,
it needn’t define you as a person. The aim of this post is to step outside of the diagnosis and start looking at endometriosis from a physiological sense, rather than as an experience outside of your control. This way endometriosis can become
a whole lot more manageable.

Look at the word “disease”. Take a minute to really look at it.

What do you see?

‘Dis-ease’

Since ‘dis’ is the latin prefix for a negative or reversing force, disease is a neater way of saying ‘lack of ease’.

…Meaning disruption to body’s natural flow (of blood, nerve and lymph). 

As in nature, as in the body. There is a root, a reason and conditions that cultivate the current climate.

 

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Climate

Chronic pain, chronic fatigue, endometriosis…

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Conditions

A set of conditions cultivate our current climate.

While research into endometriosis is in its infancy, we know imbalances within the body disrupt ‘ease of flow’.

 

Think of the guy at the gym who only ever seems to smash out bicep curls. His biceps get bigger, sure, but overtime his shoulders draw in, destroying his posture and resulting in back problems.

Internal imbalances within the body put extra pressure on the liver and digestive system, leading to a backlog of excess hormones and toxins.

This results in a host of symptoms presenting, such as pain and fatigue. 

Yet symptoms are signals that something is wrong (so don’t shoot the messenger 😉

When you’re laying on the bathroom floor in a fetal position feeling like you’re going to throw up, pass out and implode, all at once, from the undescribably agonising pain, can it seem like the problem? Of course. I’ve been there too.

…But listen to these symptoms and they will give you clues to solving the true problem…

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Reaction

What is my body reacting to?

When the main line of defence fails (the immune system), a chain reaction can set off a series of presenting symptoms.

The human body is remarkable in its ability to cope, so it’s reacting to current conditions for a reason.

 

Our job is to identify what our body is negatively reacting to.

I healed chronic fatigue fully and got my endometriosis under control using natural methods (no conventional painkillers or medication required) by getting strategic and viewing them as a puzzle to solve. 

Getting strategic puts you in an objective frame of mind, which I find helps to remove some of the emotional charge. 

More than anything though, getting strategic makes you pro-active. Can you heal chronic fatigue? I believe so. Can you heal endometriosis fully? That is yet to be seen. …But can you make it a whole lot more manageable so that it doesn’t dictate your life? I certainly have. 

My Results

In my early twenties, I barely had the energy to get up out of bed. Often, I would lay there for hours, willing myself to move. I dropped out of college. I couldn’t hack a job. I spent two years barely leaving my room, let alone the house.

When I walked I often had blurred vision and was dizzy, frequently passing out and finding myself on the floor. My muscles and joints ached constantly. Sleepiness would wash over my like a drug and I would be unable to stay awake. I had multiple food intollerances, brain fog and my hands were weak and would shake. 

…My GP told me I had chronic fatigue and, well, that was that. Please close the door on your way out.

So what I did was buy a laptop. I spent those two years feverishly researching holistic health.

I was able to resolve every single one of my symptoms and heal chronic fatigue fully, plus, get my endometriosis under control. 

In a nutshell, these were my results…

 

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Root cause

At the root cause is a catalyst:
weakened state + event

Research is yet to determine the root cause of endometriosis, but what we do know if this: 

Inflammation is at the root
of all ‘dis-ease’.

At the time, I didn’t know I had endometriosis. While I had been to the doctors numerous times for my extreme period pain, I was told my options where either painkillers or synthethic hormones (The Pill) which would stop my cycle completely.

I had seen research on the dangers associated with the use of longterm use of NSAIDS and while stopping my period completely would be so very convenient, I didn’t want to mess with my hormones. Every drug has a side effect, and masking the the signal rather than treating the cause just didn’t sit right with me.

When I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis via a laparoscopy (10 years in the making), my convential options now expanded to include surgery.

Surgery would be intensive, and as the results don’t last and can cause scarring (more pain), that was out too.

What can you do when conventional 
medicine doesn’t have a good solution?

We can get back to basics by gaining an understanding of our own physiology.

So let’s go back to the start.

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Foundations

We must give ourselves all of the raw materials required to build a strong body, repair and rejuvenate at a cellular level, detox efficively and maintain good health.

Are the foundations in place?

At the time, I didn’t know I had endometriosis. While I had been to the doctors numerous times for my extreme period pain, I was told my options where either painkillers or synthethic hormones (The Pill) which would stop my cycle completely.

I had seen research on the dangers associated with the use of longterm use of NSAIDS and while stopping my period completely would be so very convenient, I didn’t want to mess with my hormones. Every drug has a side effect, and masking the the signal rather than treating the cause just didn’t sit right with me.

When I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis via a laparoscopy (10 years in the making), my convential options now expanded to include surgery.

Surgery would be intensive, and as the results don’t last and can cause scarring (more pain), that was out too.

What can you do when conventional 
medicine doesn’t have a good solution?

Get back to basics by gaining an understanding of your own physiology.

So let’s go back to the start.

What we know is this: Chronic inflammation is at the root
of all dis-ease.

…And something can be done about the inflammation. 

  1. We can reduce inflammation through nutrition, movement, relaxation and re-balancing the body.

     

  2. We can work on ‘ease of flow’ by improving circulation, nerve movement and lympathic drainage.
  3. We can support the liver so that it can process excess hormones and cleanse the body more effectively. 

…Remove the fuel source, cool the heat and starve the fire of the oxidising agent it requires to burn.

The more we make endometriosis tangible, the more we begin to see what can be done about it. 

This takes use from somewhat of a powerless state (“this is happening to me and there’s nothing I can do about it”) to an empowered one (“I can do something about this”).

Empowered: your source of power – energy, drive, sense of self and purpose – is self fulfilled.

This is the crux.

You cannot change anything from a powerless state. Life will happen to you. You will feel uncertain, unsettled and be consistently looking for a source of power – outside of yourself.

For introverts, this could be excessive sleeping, increasing levels of isolation and escapism (this was me).

For extroverts, this could be an attachment and reliance on other people’s energy.

For either, the use of ‘pick-me-up’ substances like caffiene, alcohol or worse.

This is extreme case scenario.

 

Change your baseline, change your life.

 

For many with chronic conditions, energy is spent on maintaining a baseline. 

It used to take all of my energy to get through a boring day.

…And your life is dictated by pain and fatigue. 

I got fed up of writing off a week of my life, every month. I know for some, you’re in pain every single day. 

If your baseline ‘normal’ means being fatigued and in pain, and you don’t know what to do about it, it’s time to take the reins and get this under control.

Are you in? 

…Because unbridled pain wreaks havoc if unchecked.

I made the decision that pain and fatigue was not an acceptable part of my life, and got to work estabilishing a new baseline.

If you haven’t already, make that decision.

(The latin root of “desicion” means ‘to cut off from’. Nerd-fun.)

A decision is not a maybe, a perhaps or a hopefully. A decision is moment that changes the course of your life.

…Imagine you’re sailing. A bearing that is just one degree out, will, over time, leave you miles away from where you intended and expected to be.

Endometriosis may not be a life-threatening condition, but chronic inflammation can leave you more vunerable to other health complaints.

So while research is being carried out on endometriosis, and that will be fascinating I’m sure, there’s no reason to wait-and-see.

Will making the decision that pain and fatigue is not acceptable magically make it go away? No.

But you will.

By being in empowered state you will make the necessary changes to reduce inflammation, relieving pain and fatigue.

I’m currently mapping out exactly what I had success with, in hopes that it will provide you will a shortcut to getting your mojo back. This includes my natural remedies toolkit that helped reduce my pain to minimal-none.

At the time, I didn’t know I had endometriosis. While I had been to the doctors numerous times for my extreme period pain, I was told my options where either painkillers or synthethic hormones (The Pill) which would stop my cycle completely.

I had seen research on the dangers associated with the use of longterm use of NSAIDS and while stopping my period completely would be so very convenient, I didn’t want to mess with my hormones. Every drug has a side effect, and masking the the signal rather than treating the cause just didn’t sit right with me.

When I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis via a laparoscopy (10 years in the making), my convential options now expanded to include surgery.

The surgery would be intensive (painful), and as the results don’t last and can cause scarring (more pain), that was out too.

 

What can you do when conventional 
medicine doesn’t have a good solution?

Get back to basics by gaining an understanding of your own physiology.

So let’s start at the start.

What we know is this: Chronic inflammation is at the root
of all dis-ease.

…And something can be done about the inflammation. 

  1. We can reduce inflammation through nutrition, movement, relaxation and re-balancing the body.

     

  2. We can work on ‘ease of flow’ by improving circulation, nerve movement and lympathic drainage.
  3. We can support the liver so that it can process excess hormones and cleanse the body more effectively. 

…Remove the fuel source, cool the heat and starve the fire of the oxidising agent it requires to burn.

The more we make endometriosis tangible, the more we begin to see what can be done about it. 

This takes use from somewhat of a powerless state (“this is happening to me and there’s nothing I can do about it”) to an empowered one (“I can do something about this”).

Empowered: your source of power – energy, drive, sense of self and purpose – is self fulfilled.

This is the crux.

You cannot change anything from a powerless state. Life will happen to you. You will feel uncertain, unsettled and be consistently looking for a source of power – outside of yourself.

For introverts, this could be excessive sleeping, increasing levels of isolation and escapism (this was me).

For extroverts, this could be an attachment and reliance on other people’s energy.

For either, the use of ‘pick-me-up’ substances like caffiene, alcohol or worse.

This is extreme case scenario.

 

Change your baseline, change your life.

 

For many with chronic conditions, energy is spent on maintaining a baseline. 

It used to take all of my energy to get through a boring day.

…And your life is dictated by pain and fatigue. 

I got fed up of writing off a week of my life, every month. I know for some, you’re in pain every single day. 

If your baseline ‘normal’ means being fatigued and in pain, and you don’t know what to do about it, it’s time to take the reins and get this under control.

Are you in? 

…Because unbridled pain wreaks havoc if unchecked.

I made the decision that pain and fatigue was not an acceptable part of my life, and got to work estabilishing a new baseline.

If you haven’t already, make that decision.

(The latin root of “desicion” means ‘to cut off from’. Nerd-fun.)

A decision is not a maybe, a perhaps or a hopefully. A decision is moment that changes the course of your life.

…Imagine you’re sailing. A bearing that is just one degree out, will, over time, leave you miles away from where you intended and expected to be.

Endometriosis may not be a life-threatening condition, but chronic inflammation can leave you more vunerable to other health complaints.

So while research is being carried out on endometriosis, and that will be fascinating I’m sure, there’s no reason to wait-and-see.

Will making the decision that pain and fatigue is not acceptable magically make it go away? No.

But you will.

By being in empowered state you will make the necessary changes to reduce inflammation, relieving pain and fatigue.

I’m currently mapping out exactly what I had success with, in hopes that it will provide you will a shortcut to getting your mojo back. This includes my natural remedies toolkit that helped reduce my pain to minimal-none.

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Calm Inflammation with this Cooling Cucamelon-Kiwi Smoothie (Recipe)

Calm Inflammation with this Cooling Cucamelon-Kiwi Smoothie (Recipe)

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Calm Inflammation with this
Cooling Cucamelon-Kiwi Smoothie
[Recipe]

Chloe Hodder

Founder, Green Body Mojo

This is one of my most favourite smoothie recipes 🍉

Cucamelons are miniature melons that have a zingy, fresh taste and feel cooling for the body.

Native to Mexico and Central America, they are most commonly used in salsa or to make exotic looking salads. Although they originate in a hot climate, they do extremely well in cooler conditions. 
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A Kitchen Garden Keeper
 

Easily planted in a pot or tub, they are prolific growers. Due to the small size of the fruit, you don’t have to wait long for them be ready to eat and can continue to pick them throughout their growing period. 

If you’re into kitchen gardens, they’re well worth a go; not least for their cute and unusual look!
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Cucamelon-Kiwi Combo

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I found that 
cucamelons pair really well with kiwi. Rich in Vitamin C, kiwi’s have powerful antioxidant properties for fighting free radical damage caused by stress. 

Kiwi also contains a protein-dissolving enzyme called actinidain that helps aid digestion. 
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Ingredients:
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  • 1 Kiwi
  • Small handful of Cucamelons (OR 3-4 inch piece of cucumber + squeeze of lime juice)
  • 1 Banana 
  • 3-4 inch piece of Courgette/Zucchini
  • 1-2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1-2 tsp Maca Powder 
  • Small scoop of crushed ice OR filtered water
  • Optional: Steel Cut Oats (if you want to use as breakfast or mini-meal)

Instructions:

You don’t need to peel the cucamelons or courgette. Chuck all ingredients into a smoothie maker and blend.

 

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15 Zen Pursuits To Help You Recharge – That Aren’t Yoga (List)

15 Zen Pursuits To Help You Recharge – That Aren’t Yoga (List)

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15 Zen Pursuits To Help You Recharge
(That Aren’t Yoga) 

[List]

Chloe Hodder

Founder, Green Body Mojo

I was never one for going to the gym, not when our
natural world is a such a phenomenal playground.

Run… Jump… Climb… Swim… Surf…

 MOVE.

Zen Pursuits (meditation + movement) focus on increasing your range of movement, flexibility and agility while developing strength and cardio capacity.

They’re uber-fun to do, get you in the zone and most can be done outdoors.

Meditate In Action

The essence of Meditation is “to put the mind to”; tune into the present and open your awareness to your surroundings. What better way to do that than physically connecting to your environment – feeling the rock under your fingers or the waves wash over you. 

Inner reflection may not occur during this active form of meditation, in a traditional sense anyway, however, you will gain feedback about your body and its capabilities.

Being ‘in action’ is also helpful for those of us who are big thinkers and so sometimes feels a little disconnected from our body and can struggle to clear our minds. 
 

15 Zen-Pursuits (List)
 

1. Climbing 
 

Climbing challenges you creatively. To complete a route, you have to work out how to move your body in new and different ways. When you can join these movements together, you flow.

Muscle tone is developed rapidly and, as climbing is really social (and chill), it’s a fun way to spend your time.

Three of us can climb the same route, and we could all do it differently. Try something. If it works, use it. 
 

2. Bouldering 
 

Bouldering is an extremely dynamic activity. It is an excellent way to develop power and core strength. 

For those who are not a fan of heights, bouldering, as opposed to climbing, typically means shorter ‘problems’ and without the need for a harness or rope. 
 

3. Surfing
 

Feeling the surge of the ocean, there’s nothing like catching a wave! Total whole body workout. 

More and more artificial wave pools are being built, which is a safe way to learn if you’re nervous about the big blue. 

However, if you can safely get outdoors, being immersed in the ocean is a powerful mood raiser.
 

4. Big Kite flying
 

…And I mean big. A kite that you have to lean all of your bodyweight into flying. 

Once you’ve got the hang of it, the movement feels wonderful and helps develop a strong core.
 

5. Dance (any forms but especially contemporary) 
 

Joyful. Powerful. Whatever mood you’re in, you can create movement out of it. Needs no explanation really.
 

6. Slacklining
 

As the name suggests, the line is somewhat slack and so moves – a lot (up and down, side to side). So you have to counteract each movement you make until you find your centre of balance. Simple yet uber-addictive.

Unlike tightrope walking, it doesn’t hurt your bare feet thanks to the flat webbing. 
 

7. Free Running/Parkour 
 

The practice of quick and efficient movement, free running/parkour develops “functional strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and creative vision.” Parkour UK
 

8. ‘Soft’ martial arts such as Tai Chi 
 

Soft martial arts means you get to practice fluid movement, without getting hit in the face.

Tai Chi make look slow in practice, but that’s because you need to develop the muscle memory before you can unleash the speed. 
 

9. AcroYoga (ok so it has yoga in the name)
 

AcroYoga is a combination of acrobatic and yoga/dance like movements, accomplished through teamwork. There are three primary roles; base, flyer and spotter. 

AcroYoga is like playtime, you don’t even realise you’re ‘working out’. You can rock up by yourself or take your friends/partner.
 

10. Acrobatics and Circus Skills
 

If you’re not into the partnered element of AcroYoga, or the yogi vibe, you can do straight up acrobatics. 

Developing flexibility, agility and ultra-strength (without the big muscles), you will be amazed at what the human body is capable of.
 

11. Swimming 
 

Open water swimmers refer to it as “A Dose of Dr. Sea”, swimming in cold water is a known treatment for depression.

Even if you can only get down to the pool, swimming provides all the cardio benefits while being low-impact.
 

12. SCUBA diving 
 

I love the methodical breathing of diving. It slows you right down. Plus, you get the benefit of being in the sea (without getting hit by waves) and being entertained by the sea life. 

Once you’ve done your Open Water Diver course, you can find a buddy and hire kit, which makes it a lot more affordable to do regularly than purchasing excursions. 
 

13. Ariel Silks/Hoops
 

This is one on the list that I have yet to do, but really, really, want to. 

Combining strength and poise, you develop the athletism to perform ‘tricks’. 

A similar and more widespread alternative would be Pole Fitness classes. 
 

14. Calisthenics
 

Rooted in the Greek words of “Kalos” and “Sthenos” meaning beauty and strength, it basically boils down to bodyweight exercises (that look really cool).

You can do calisthenics anywhere, by yourself, and you don’t need much room. 
 

15. Traditional Weapons:
 

…Such as Kobujutsu (staff), Kenjutsu (Samurai sword) and archery.

I love these for switching off my thoughts and getting into the zone, especially the clunk clunk clunk of the Bo. 

 

So if hitting the gym isn’t for you, try these as an alternative. 

Let me know your experiences in the comment section below 🙂

 

 

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