Looking back now all my symptoms make sense. I have been dealing with Endometrioisis pain for at least 9 years since I stopped getting the depo shot. Endometrioisis is a very sneaky disease that is often misdiagnosed by Physicians. It commonly involves just your ovaries, fallopian tubes and your pelvis. However mine was so severe from being undiagnosed for years that it had spread all the way up to my diaphragm. I was in severe pain most of the month. Doctors kept doing numerous tests, HIDA Scans, EKG's, Scopes but no one listened to the details of my pain. Finally I was presistent enough with my Primary Doctor that he scheduled to remove my gallbladder even though all the test came back normal. That is when they discovered the endometriosis. Years I had been going to the OB doctor complaining about heavy periods and severe pain, yet they always said it was normal or not an OB related issue.
Endometriosis is endometrial tissue that spreads to other placed in your body instead of your uterus. It thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle no matter where in your body it is located. This causes inflammation and can cause little to no pain or extremely severe pain. Untreated Endometriosis can also cause infertility.
The exact cause of Endometriosis is not certain, however there are many possible explanations. One idea is that Endometriosis is linked to Dioxin which is found in most bleached products. So I have been avoiding bleach, bleached coffee filters. I have been trying to only eat organic fruits and vegetables because pesticides have dioxin in them. Thank god, my parents have the best garden in the world. I have tried to cut back on paper towels but this a hard for me. I have also stopped dying my hair. I don’t think this has anything to do with dioxin but I am trying to go as natural has possible and this also saves money.
Dairy and meat also have high dioxin levels, I am trying to cut back but it’s hard at dinner time. Raised in a family where every meal had 3 items (Meat, Starch and Vegetables) it is hard to get out of the habit of eating meat. And let’s face it, I have not been able to give up on toilet paper, LOL. But I have been researching seventh generation, paper towels and bathroom tissue. They do not use bleach to whiten their products.
I am off all medication except herbal pills. I started taking the EndoWise fertility Kit from the Natural Fertility Shop. This has been a life saver for me. my periods went from 6 days of dark brown/Red heavy bleeding, pain and blood clots to an amazing 4 days of normal flow. If you can't afford the whole kit, I strongly advice the Women's Best Friend and the Progestrone Cream. From personal experience I think those give me the most benefit.