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I know there are so many who have had their laparoscopy plans derailed due to COVID-19. In this post, you’ll learn about my must-haves for living with endometriosis.
The week before my laparoscopic surgery, I had the worst flareup of my life. I went from the fetal position in my bed to literally crawl on the ground to get to the bathtub in search of relief. The pain endometriosis causes is indescribable and unpredictable. It’s not just “a bad period,” and if you’ve found this article because you’re seeking relief then you already knew that.
I still have hard days/weeks, but it’s definitely better since I had my first laparoscopy. I have already talked to my doctor about a hysterectomy when we’re finished having kids, but I also know that a hysterectomy isn’t a cure.
I prefer to treat it as holistically as possible because, unfortunately, endometriosis affects the entire body.
1. Ditch all dairy and gluten.
Yes, it is as difficult as it sounds. I am cheese’s #1 fan, and this was a big shift for me. Once you’re doubled over in pain immediately after eating dairy or gluten, you’ll see it’s just not worth it. You’ll find that it’s a lot easier to have a dairy-free/gluten-free diet really isn’t all that hard to maintain once you start. My diet is basically vegan, but I do eat poultry & beef every once in a while. If you eat red meat, try to stick to grass-fed – the hormones in red meat are terrible for endo. (This is #1 on my list of must-haves for living with endometriosis for a reason.)
2. Invest in a good heating pad.
This is critical! Definitely a must-have. I use this one.
3. Warm baths.
When I’m having a flare-up this is always my go-to. Water cures everything.
4. Curcumin & Ginger
Add curcumin & ginger to your spice cabinet. I have been adding these seasonings to almost everything. I don’t feel like they affect the flavor of foods a ton, and they are both known to have anti-inflammatory properties. You could also take them in pill form if you prefer. (Check with your doctor first.)
I know that not everyone is sold on essential oils, but I am a big believer in them. This roller has brought relief – not just for my endo, but my husband loves it when he gets headaches or body aches. Plus, it smells amazing.
10 drops of each:
Add your oils to an amber roller bottle, then top with a carrier oil ( I use Sweet Almond Oil).
Although I have yet to try an in-person class, I recently stumbled upon a YouTube account that I LOVE. Check out HMFYOGA here. She posts yoga videos for endometriosis & pelvic pain. While I don’t do yoga every day, I do try to walk every single day. Exercise is a definite must-have for living with endometriosis.
7. Mermaid Hair Essential Oil Spray.
Because the pain isn’t enough to deal with, endometriosis is known to cause hair loss. I’ve been using this spray for a few weeks so I haven’t noticed a huge amount of growth yet, but it smells heavenly.
10 drops of each:
+ 3 oz. Witch Hazel
Pour into an amber glass spray bottle. Spritz on the scalp after showering.
When the CBD craze started I was hesitant. I checked out our local holistic pharmacy and stumbled upon the CBD section. I’ve been using the Garden of Life CBD+ Inflammatory Response† Liquid Drops for a couple of months and honestly love it. Along with my Endometriosis diagnosis, my surgeon also told me I had dyspareunia, which means you experience painful intercourse. This CBD has been very helpful.
9. Squatty Potty Power!
Welp, this just got awkward! Hear me out. When you have endometriosis, going number two is often painful. I know plenty of women with endo and pelvic floor issues that take stool softeners, but the Squatty Potty is a game-changer. (I’ve read studies that recommend it for everyone, think about how the cavemen used the potty, squatted down.) If you don’t want to purchase a squatty potty, you could use a stack of books. Anything to raise your legs up.
You didn’t ask for this chronic illness. You didn’t ask for spontaneous flare-ups that keep you in bed when you’d rather play with your kids or spend time with your husband. You didn’t ask for difficulty getting pregnant. Give yourself grace. Lots and lots of grace. Listen to your body, and rest when you need to.