Women! If you are Suffering From Fibroids, or, Endometriosis, you will be interested in my story.
Ultrasound picture of a fibroid
Picture of Endometriosis
The Truth about Fibroids and Endometriosis
Fibroids and endometriosis are the leading cause for infertility in women during reproductive years. These benign, non-cancerous tumors, or cysts, can grow inside, outside, or near the walls of a woman's uterus. If fibroids are small they can grow undetected for years, however, if they become large the carrier may suffer these symptoms:
- low energy (anemia)
- severe cramping and lower back pain
- heavy menses
- frequent bladder infections
- cycles can last longer than seven days
Today there are numerous self-help books, scientific theories, and extensive research from fellow- fibroid sufferers- who were determined to avoid surgery by taking control of their health. Some researchers have offered to share their recipe " for a price " The value however, is not in their cocktail but in the information they gave you for free, which is, they were determined to find an alternative to surgery.
My Personal Struggle With Fibroids
After being examined by my gynecologist, it was discovered I had fibroids. One fibroid in particular, which caused me so much pelvic pain and heavy bleeding, was the size of a grapefruit. I was scheduled for a hyposcopsy and myomectomy which are two surgical procedure's to remove fibroids. I did not get a chance to explore other options due to the fact that my fibroids were so large and because a few months had passed between my transfusion and actual operation. I had lost a considerable amount of blood during my cycles while I waited to have my operation, and my hemoglobin which was raised to a 10 was now at a dangerous six. I stayed in the hospital for three days and was off work for six weeks after having my surgery. Unfortunately, after a couple of years, the fibroids slowly began to grow back. I watch my diet eat lots of green leafy vegetables and cut out fried food and red meat and so far my fibroids are manageable.
Cause of Fibroids and Endometriosis
The cause for fibroids and endometriosis are unknown. One theory is that synthetic hormones that are used to plump up meat prematurely plays an active role in irritation, as well as growth of tumors. Learning about your body and replacing missing nutrients such as: iron, calcium and folic acid, can help alleviate some suffering.
No body type is the same, raw sugar, caffeine and smoking can irritate tumors during menses; Craving's for ice, dirt, even powdered starch, are common and a sign of a 'low Hemoglobin'. A low Hemoglobin ( the substance in blood that contains the oxygen) or ( low blood count) occurs from heavy blood loss due to heavy menstruation; a low Hemoglobin left untreated can lead to blood transfusions, heart attack or a stroke. It 's important for women who experience heavy cycles, to take iron daily, exercise regularly, and eat foods that are rich in iron and whole grains for blood building .
Leafy Green Vegetables Are a Good Source of Iron
Leafy green vegetables, such as greens, broccoli, spinach, okra, peas, romaine lettuce, avocados, cabbage, Brussels sprouts. and kale are all rich in iron and good for the blood. Whole grains, seeds, nuts, peanut butter, fish, beets and berries are all healthy for the immune system.
Since tumors are dependent on estrogen and affected by fluctuating hormones, keeping your hormones well balanced is essential for sufferers. The synthetic hormones that are used in meats, as well as pesticides that are sprayed on fruits and vegetables can be hazardous to anyone but especially women suffering with tumors. It would be best to eliminate processed meat all together but since this can be difficult, switch to organic fruits, meats, and vegetables you'll pay more for foods that are all natural but the relief you will feel during your cycle every month makes the price worth it.
Is it Natural to Crave Ice?
It is natural for women with fibroids to have a strong craving for ice. This is called (Pica) which is a craving for non-food items. The craving for ice comes from the loss of iron in the blood due to heavy menses. The body is craving the oxygen inside the ice and this is why women who are low in iron will have a strong urge to eat ice all the time. With my fibroids I craved crushed ice; my mouth would water at just the thought of it.
Eating foods that are high in iron such as leafy green vegetables and taking iron supplements should reduce some of the cravings. Once a woman has surgery for fibroid removal, the craving for ice usually goes away.
Do you find yourself having an unusual craving for ice?
How Fibroids and Endometriosis Affects Your Moods
Women with fibroids, or endometriosis, may suffer from fatigue and a lack of energy. The loss of iron after a heavy cycle can leave women feeling drained. While I did research on women suffering with these diseases the most common responses I heard was:
- " I would make plans to do things with family or friends but I just didn't have the energy after a cycle so I would cancel. The most hurtful thing was disappointing people knowing they didn't understand."
- " I would have to call off work my first few days. I just bled too heavy and would have needed the bathroom often."
- " I would pray I didn't have to sneeze or cough. I knew the results could be devastating if I did."
It is common for women suffering from these diseases to be unusually moody, irritable, or to keep cancelling plans, even at the last moment. Sometimes this may cause guilt in the fibroid sufferer; it's hard for people not suffering from this disease to understand the physical and emotional toll it takes on women.
When I was suffering from fibroids, I couldn't do anything for the first few days. Sometimes my cycle would start out light but then grow so heavy I had to double up on pads. I was miserable due to the bad cramping and heavy cycles which left me anemic. One day after having the flu, I had no energy. So I went to the doctor and after having my blood drawn was rushed to the hospital. My hemoglobin was a (2) and the doctors could not understand how I had not had a stroke. Well it was only by the grace of God. I had been ignoring my fibroids for years and after receiving a blood transfusion, I scheduled surgery for fibroid removal.
Ways you can help someone suffering from fibroids or endometriosis:
- Show compassion: Try to understand that she may be unusually moody, depressed or irritable during this time. These diseases takes not only a physical toll, but also an emotional one as well.
- Be understanding: know that if a woman cancels plans, it's not because she doesn't want to go but heavy cycles can make it difficult and uncomfortable during this time of the month.
- Share information: knowledge is power if you know of any treatments or home remedies share with someone who you know suffer from these diseases.
Tea Recipe to Help With Cramping
Herbal & Organic Tea Can Help With Excessive Bleeding and Cramping
Herbal and organic teas can be a life saver for Fibroid and Endometriosis sufferers. I found these herbs to be helpful with excessive bleeding as well as bad cramping. These items can be found at your local health food store.
- Red rasberry leaf & ginger to reduce bleeding
- Burdock root, cramp bark & mother wort leaf
Combine herbs in a pot of boiling water for twenty minutes, strain tea and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
Beet Juice Provides Energy for People Suffering From Low Energy
It is not uncommon for women who suffer from fibroids to experience chronic fatigue. Remembering what and what not to eat, plus taking on iron supplements can be very daunting. I happened to be one of those women who hates taking pills, so taking iron supplements became a chore. By speaking with other fibroid sufferers I learned that juicing would allow me to get all my daily nutrients and over time I was able to ditch my iron pills altogether. This is one of the tasty recipes that I use that provides me with lots of energy.
All you need are these items:
Beets are loaded with vitamin A, B, C and possess a good source of calcium, magnesium, sodium and iron. Beets are great for building up the blood for people who suffer from anemia.
How Chemical Products Can Irritate Tumors
The harsh chemicals found in today's cleaning products are not only harmful for children and pets, but can mimic estrogen causing tumors to grow. All natural cleaning products are not only good for Fibroid and Endometriosis sufferers but good for the environment as well.
What Does it Mean if I Hemorrhage During my Menstrual Cycle?
Women with fibroids may experience clotting during their menstrual cycle. Clotting can range from small clots to the size of golf balls or bigger. When fibroids are left untreated for a period of time the body becomes low on nutrients and iron. The loss of iron will cause the blood to thin and look watery. If the flow is particularly heavy the blood can clot.
Hemorrhaging is very scary. Over a period of time you will begin to feel weak and lightheaded. It's best to avoid aspirin which will thin the blood and use Ibuprofen or Alleve instead. If you start to hemorrhage call your doctor. If you experience heavy blood loss you may need a transfusion to build your hemoglobin.
How are you dealing with you fibroid problem?
Ignoring my fibroids took away my choices to explore other options on how to handle them. It is a decision I will always regret. If you have fibroids, how are you dealing with them?
SSS Tonic Is Good for Anemia
If you are always tired or weak due to heavy blood loss, SSS Tonic is a good way to rebuild your iron fast. SSS Tonic helps with a' low hemoglobin' which is the carrier of the oxygen in the blood. SSS Tonic can be prescribed by your doctor or found in your local CVS or Walgreens. Signs of iron deficient are:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Always cold
- Mouth soreness
- Pale nails.
Taking these vitamins will also help with anemia:
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin B,12 or B6
- Folic acid
- Iron supplements
- Prenatal vitamins
Endometriosis, Fibroids, Surgery and Pregnancy.
Some studies have shown Endometriosis effects six million women and girls in the United States alone and millions world wide. Endometriosis develops from tissue that lines a woman's uterus causing severe pelvic pain as early as two weeks before menstruation.The cause for Endometriosis, for the most part is unknown; scarring occurs when tissue is found outside the uterus causing "legions" over ovaries, fallopian tubes, the uterus, between the vagina, rectum, outer surfaces of the uterus, and abdominal surgical scars.
Tissue implants itself in the abdomen and grows. A physician should be consulted if these symptoms are experienced:
- Having difficulty getting pregnant
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Abnormal cycle
- Painful sex
- Chronic fatigue
- Frequent yeast infections
There is help for women who are having difficulty becoming pregnant with these diseases. However, if surgery is your choice most doctors advise trying to get pregnant right after surgical removal. Fertility treatment may be advised if there is no scaring, or in-vitro fertilization. Tumors can start growing back as early as three months after surgery.
These foods are good for any endometriosis sufferer :
- Mustard greens
- Dark-green, leafy vegetables
- Whole grains,fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, oatmeal
Avoid these foods:
- Fried foods
- Red meat
- Dairy products
© 2011 Dana Tate