Firstly, sorry if you are a part of this community. It's not a club anyone wants to be in and hopefully you will find some of what i say relatable and helpful.
I began my period when i was just 9 years old, and remember them being painful but never debilitating. By the time i was 14 I was being picked up from my school in an ambulance regularly because I couldn't physically stand up with out fainting or throwing up. When i would get to the hospital I was met with a big dose of painkillers before being sent home to rest. I was put on every type of pill, every type of pain relief and this went on till i was 20, when I finally got my laproscopy and was diagnosed with moderate to severe endometriosis.
The pain lessened but never enough to make me feel like it was really worth having had the operation. As the months turned to years, by the time i was about 23 the pain had almost completely returned.
Jumping to the present, I am now 26 and on day 3 of my period and have yet to take a pain killer!
4 months ago, I had just had enough. It got too much, and i spiralled into a mad depression where i started to question how I was going to be able to go on in this much pain for the rest of my life. The doctors had recently told me menefenamic acid was no longer being made, and there was very little they had left to offer me other than codeine. I was sick of taking tablets all the time, and sick of feeling rubbish. I had tried everything else, surgery, tablets, pain medication, excercise, random supplements i had read about on the internet, nothing had made a difference. So, i decided to see a nutritionist.
For those interested, the official job role of the woman i see is Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist. We spoke for hours about my medical history, my battle with endometriosis and the amount of tablets i have had to take from age 12. I was immediately put on a completely natural 'Hormone Challenge' (this has to be given to you by a health professional) where by you take a series of daily supplements complemented by a diet plan (see below) that help remove excess estrogen from the body. After doing this for 28 days, and changing my diet, i am on my second period without taking a SINGLE painkiller and I feel so so much better in myself.
Everyone is different, Every body is different, but from a broad perspective i thought i would include some of the information i was told that are easy things you can introduce in to your life which might help
NO MEAT OR DAIRY - This is probably one of the biggest changes you can make to your endometriosis. Animals have hormones in them, fact. Animals that are farmed for the meat and dairy industry are actually injected with excess hormones that we are then ingesting when we eat or drink them. Dairy in particular is one of the worst for womens reproductive system so if you can do anything to help yourself, just try and cut it out for a month or two, and if you see a difference then its probably motivation enough to cut it out for good (FYI i am cheese obcessed and so this was really really hard for me, but after a month and you start to feel and see the results it will never become worth it ever again! )
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES - Eat as many colours a day as you can at least 5 a day
FERMENTED FOODS - 5 portions a week Sauerkraut/ Kimchi/ Kefir/ Kombucha
GARLIC AND ONION - EVERYDAY!! Try to have onions with every meal (such as salad onions) and garlic as much as possible – supports the liver and inactives oestrogens through methylation.
Hot water with fresh ginger root first thing (1 pint is recommended) ANTIINFLAMATORY
3 days before and during period drink raspberry leaf tea with Angelica root
magnesium salt baths
ELIMINATE alcohol/sugar/fast and fried foods
If cutting things out is too difficult try to reduce and at minimum cut them out in the lead up and during your period. I have just started to introduce some new natural supplments including Black Cohosh and Fish oil. I eat chia seeds with almond milk every morning, and soak a table spoon of flax seeds in water at night to regulate the gut.
I also started seeing a therapist to help cope with the incessant mood swings, and have found there to be a lot of things I didnt know i needed to deal with surfacing. Obviously i dont speak for everyone, we are all different, but trying to work on my body as a whole has shown great results to my overall well being that have ultimately helped my endometriosis hugely.
I hope some of this information is at all useful to someone, and that eventually we will all get to a place where we can live pain free