Friday, August 1, 2008

Bye Bye Bread

I am going to see if altering my diet has any impact on my endometriosis. I believe it’s getting worse, or at least the pain is. I’m now cramping on and off throughout my cycle, mostly during my luteal phase and of course with my period. Last month I had some of the worst pain ever with my period and I really want to get it under control.

I’ve already had a lap, and the lupron suppression option is only a temporary fix. I’ve been very unimpressed with the concern of my Drs. regarding this stupid disease so far. So, in a vain attempt to self treat, I’m giving my diet a little shake up. Like a good infertile, I already have a reasonably good diet so this is going to push me to a new level of healthful eating.

Dr. Google has pointed me in the direction of a few websites and books that strongly advocate giving up wheat, dairy, meat, sugar, chocolate, alcohol, and anything else tasty. I don’t think I can bear to give up much more than wheat and dairy for now, but I can cut back on some of the other offenders and eat a more vegetarian/vegan diet. I’ve been giving this a go for the past two weeks so hopefully next month will show some results. If not, I’m having a cheeseburger and a glass of milk! ;)

In case you’re wondering why I’m giving up certain foods, it’s all about the prostaglandins. I’m trying to eliminate the bad and increase the good in hopes that it will reduce the inflammation of my endo. It's a theory worth putting to the test anyway.

I’m open to any suggestions if you have any!


Kymberli said...

I wish that I had some suggestions for you, but I don't! I just wanted to say that I hope the diet change makes at least a little difference for you!

Kristin said...

Is there any chance you might also have fibroids? When I had fibroids I had terrible cramps, bloating, etc. It is something to consider.

sara said...

I wish I had some better suggestions as well - but I want to at least wish you really good luck with making the changes. I have heard of making that kind of change can help fertility problems related to PCOS - but I don't know much about endo. Hopefully it will help both! My friend pauline had PCOS and made some diet changes that you talked about and it really helped her, and more importantly she did feel a lot better with a lot less cramping (she had endo and PCOS) so I'm hoping it helps you as well get a little more comfy at the least. Hang in there girl - you sound like you're trying to really make things better. ((hugs))

MLO said...

Have you ever had allergy testing? A lot of people will think their problem is one food when it is really another. I have severe allergies that until they were treated caused cramps so bad that I would pass out.

In my case, it is corn that triggers the majority of my symptoms. Really, if you can, get an allergy consult.

Barb said...

Let's be foodie buddies! I've been trying so hard, but failing so badly due to the fact that we've had to watch our grocery bill ever more closely. If you find something good, review it on your blog!!! That would be fun huh? I'll do the same thing! Whaddya say?