Endometriosis UK

Anyone try an anti inflammatory diet or plant based

Hi! I'm new here. And I've been reading a lot about endometriosis thru this forum.

I have kissing ovaries at the moment. I'm scheduled for a lap procedure on the 2nd. (Tad nervous) more so with having reoccurring endometriomas.

I am super curious to know if anyone here has tried the diet route, in terms of controlling their endo. I am a huge carnivore. But since my endo discovery I have tried my hardest to stick to a vegan/plant based diet. I have noticed a significant drop in pain(but don't know if it's the birth control entirely).

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I’ve been following a gluten free, sugar free diet and it has helped a lot, especially with period cramps and bloating. I’ve never been a huge meat eater, but I try to eat a little more seafood over beef or chicken.

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I've been veggie/vegan since 14 and stopped milk at 20, I never got on well with meat. I've had Endo all my life. I didn't seem to get as much pelvic pain or bloating with my endo nodule as other ladies here and on FB seem to suffer and it took a long time to diagnose. My symptoms were largely chronic fatigue and back pain. It worsened after I stopped the pill 5 years ago and when it got on my bladder I finally started to investigate and my large nodule was found. Of course the low bowel location of my nodule might be why I didn't get as much of the classic symptoms, though it was very severe and advanced and I needed extensive surgery. It's impossible to be sure about the role of diet.

I went gluten free , caffeine free, low fodmap, cut out most sugar and started probiotics after I developed acid reflux and post lap digestive issues and after 3 months it seems to be helping settle things down. It's been hard but with a bit of research you can get good substitutes for most things.

If you've not found them yet Bute island Sheese brand do a very good selection of hard and soft cheese substitutes. Impulse foods tempeh range is a nice chicken substitute (more digestible than tofu) and Viana smoked tofu (extra firm) is a nice slicing cold cut substitute for sarnies. Marigold gluten free gravy was a godsend at Christmas. I just need to figure out pastry making!

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Hi Babylove557,

You may find this book useful on endo diet: “Endometriosis- a key healing through nutrition” by Dian Shepperson Mills and Michael Vernon.

Hope your lap procedure goes well x

Ugne

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100% diet helped me immensely! Going clean (no gluten, dairy, preservatives, flavourings, colourings and limit red meat) completely changed my life. Periods went from horrific (15/20 years) with crippling pain and heavy blood lasting a full week, to lovely & light periods with so little pain I didn’t need pain killers. I could have a lovely period & then eat candy or bread & the pain would come on. An anti-inflammatory diet in my opinion is the “cure” for most medical issues. My allergies cleared up, my skin changed dramatically, hair thickened & raynauds symptoms disappeared! Anything that fuels our oestrogen will also encourage endo IMO. Has to be tried for a lengthy time without slip ups to work. I went back on a “normal” diet & all my issues came back. X

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Hi Emmyeve....you are an inspiration. I have only just worked out I have endo. I am on my third day clean eating trying to use diet to re balance my hormones and flush my liver. My immune system has gone wonky and I have strange drug allergies and a tremor along side the typical endo symptoms. Doctors have not diagnosed me yet. I turned down the procedure to remove 2 large cysts last year and luckily a new scan found they had shrunk right down but picked up no endo signs. So I have just pieced everything together and really hope a very clean diet will correct my body or at least tame things. If you have any time please can you send me any diet advice and plans you followed. Also when you started the diet how long did it take to start to work? And lastly did you take any medical advice or pharmacy drugs? Sorry for all the questions......Thanks Kate x

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I can never stick to a sugar free and dairy free diet but I have stuck to the gluten free diet which has helped a lot as well as the different vitamins herbs and friendly bacteria I take 😮

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