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A trip to the doctors

Posted: October 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Tuesday October 3, 2017
Sunday was Day 1 of my Whole 30. It’s been going good, ditching sugar is so hard! I have been wanting to do a whole 30 for a while now and what better time than in the fall? If you remember a few years back I lost about 60 lbs and kept it off for a few years. Over the past couple of years the weight has slowly crept back along with a bunch of health issues. 

I have been getting regular headaches, vulvodynia pain, re-occuring yeast infections, my skin was itchy and dry, I’d itch all over if I ate any dairy at all or would break out in dry rashes on my legs and psoriasis or eczema on my hands and feet. My cycle is still fairly regular but much heavier. My stomach always felt bloated and I would have bouts of constipation followed by days where if I ate something – usually dairy related and would spend the day in the bathroom. 

My bones and joints ache quite a lot, all over.

Worst of all my moods were getting worse and worse. I was getting depressed, angry and frustrated really easily. My energy level was non-existent and it was next to impossible to find enough hours in a day to get my exercise in, I just couldn’t find the energy. My hip pain has only gotten worse with the added weight. My leg muscles are sore and extremely stiff. I have a hard time bending at the knee to do just about anything and I’m sure if I fell in the winter on ice, I would struggle like a turtle that flipped on its back to get up. 

My summer, I had a month off work and I was so tired and had no energy that I didn’t feel like doing anything. My daughter was not impressed. We did stuff but nothing too active that’s for sure.

Today I had an appointment with my doctor as a follow up. This time last year I went to see my doctor because I had lower stomach pain, heavier irregular periods and an ultrasound that was really painful. It was weird and I knew something was up. The ultrasound technician found a shadow on my uterus so they sent me for a saline ultrasound so they could see my uterus more clearly. This next ultrasound they saw either a small Polyp or a tiny fibroid. It was around 1cm but small enough they couldn’t tell what it was. 

It’s been a year and I found out that it has grown from 1cm to 1.5 cms. 

Now I have done some research and found out that polyps are caused by estrogen dominance. So my hormones are out of whack. Not suprising at all as I’m pretty certain vulvodynia is caused by a hormone imbalance as well. So, what am I going to do about it? Try to balance my hormones of course. I found this link – https://www.hormonesbalance.com/articles/avoided-hysterectomy-one-womans-story-stress-nutrition-healing-ovarian-cysts

She used nutrition/food to help balance her hormones and get rid of some ovarian cysts and polyps. I am super intrigued by this and I really think that I can do the same thing. So now I’m starting a whole 30, maybe it will turn into a whole 60 or a whole 90. My doctor is super supportive in finding out if nutrition, losing weight and balancing hormones can effectively cure the polyp or fibroid that is hanging out on my uterus. She gave me 6 months to try this out and see, if it’s getting smaller or disappears after 6 months – it’s a success and if it only gets bigger, well then I’ll resort to having it removed if needed but that’s obviously not something I want to do.

 I’ll keep you updated on things that I’m doing to balance my hormones. I might try seeing my naturopath at some point to see what she has to say. In the meantime, it’s time to do some research and see what it is that I can do that will help. I’ll continue for October doing the Whole 30 and update you on my progress again soon.

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