The Endo Diet

In my last blog post I talked a little about endometriosis and my case of it. If you’re looking for safe foods or foods to avoid here is a list for you all. 

I realize a lot of these things are in everyday stuff. I’m not saying avoid it completely unless you have to. Cut out certain things and see what works for you. For me with stage IV endo I follow this as closely as I can. When I don’t I can’t certainly tell! 


Above are 10 things to avoid to help flare ups and pain. I mostly avoid red meat, dairy, alcohol, trans fat, processed foods, and I drink very little caffeine. 

Above are some endometriosis friendly foods. I myself love salmon, almonds, and kale mixed together as a salad. 

I hope this helps those of you out there looking for some help.

Thanks for reading,

Lindsey


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My Second Silent Fight

Endometriosis. It sucks, to say the least. But did you know there are more than 200,000 cases in the US alone, and that’s only the ones that are documented. 


First let’s look at what endometriosis is.

The medical dictionary defines endometriosis as 

A disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus.

But that’s is not merely all it is. Endo isn’t just painful cramps, bad periods, and occasionally pain somewhere else.

Endometriosis comes in different stages, I was diagnosed with sever or stage IV endometriosis.

Endometriosis is/can be (symptoms)

  • Pain areas: in the lower abdomen, lower back, pelvis, rectum, or vagina
  • Menstrual: abnormal menstruation, heavy menstruation, irregular menstruation, painful menstruation, or spotting
  • Pain circumstances: can occur during sexual intercourse or while defecating or with any type of stress or overexertion
  •  Gastrointestinal: constipation or nausea
  • Abdominal: abdominal fullness or cramping
  • Also common: infertility
  • Migraines 
  • Joint pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Chronic fatigue 
  • Excessive bleeding 
  • Painful digestion 

    My personal symptoms for stage IV endometriosis are 

    1. Chronic fatigue 
    2. Painful digestion
    3. Joint pain
    4. Nerve pain
    5. Lower back and abdominal pain
    6. Painful intercourse and periods
    7. Migraines 
    8. Sciatic nerve 


    There is no cure. Not child birth, not a hysterectomy, not medications, no procedures. It requires a medical diagnoses and can be diagnosed by  

    Tests to check for physical clues of endometriosis include:
    Pelvic exam. During a pelvic exam, your doctor manually feels (palpates) areas in your pelvis for abnormalities, such as cysts on your reproductive organs or scars behind your uterus. Often it’s not possible to feel small areas of endometriosis, unless they’ve caused a cyst to form.

    Ultrasound. This test uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of your body. To capture the images, a device called a transducer is either pressed against your abdomen or inserted into your vagina (transvaginal ultrasound). Both types of ultrasound may be done to get the best view of your reproductive organs. Ultrasound imaging won’t definitively tell your doctor whether you have endometriosis, but it can identify cysts associated with endometriosis (endometriomas).

    Laparoscopy. Medical management is usually tried first. But to be certain you have endometriosis, your doctor may refer you to a surgeon to look inside your abdomen for signs of endometriosis using a surgical procedure called laparoscopy.
    While you’re under general anesthesia, your surgeon makes a tiny incision near your navel and inserts a slender viewing instrument (laparoscope), looking for endometrial tissue outside the uterus. He or she may take samples of tissue (biopsy). Laparoscopy can provide information about the location, extent and size of the endometrial implants to help determine the best treatment options.


    Now that we have went through all the medical terminology let’s look at how it effects life, or in this case my life and my specific case of it.

    I have stage IV endometriosis. Which is severe. 

    For me it pairs hand in hand with my depression. The chronic fatigue effects my depression in a very bad way that makes me both physically and mentally exhausted. Which given that then doubles my headaches. I have unbearable pain come and go or sometimes stay for days in my hips, abdomen and legs due to my sciatic nerve. I can’t eat certain foods crazy enough like meat and I can eat very little dairy. 


    Sex most the time sucks. It’s painful or I don’t want it because of the pain. It is no way my fiancés fault. I try and try to explain it but he does not get it. It takes a toll on my relationship wanting to have intercourse but not being able or being able and not wanting to in case a flare up.

    My diet mostly consists of veggies, chicken(very little meat upsets my digestion very badly), Salmon, fruits, but mostly veggies and fruits. Red meat,like steak, causes my digestion to kill me and cause pain all in my bowls and pelvis. If I do order steak or the sort I have to get it rare. The rarer the meat it seems, my body can digest it easier but that just may be me.

    It sucks having stairs in a house. If you have endometriosis you know what I mean. You never know what abdominal muscles you use walking up stairs until you’re in pain. 


    I don’t get to physically play with my children much because a flare or fear of one. It saddens me I can’t go and do these things like they’re dad that they want. It saddens me that the pain some times makes me snappy and I hurt one of their feelings. 

    On my 21st birthday I will not be able to drink because alcohol makes it so much worse. 

    Don’t get me started on cleaning. Okay so I’m a 5 foot flat girl, I can’t reach much, reaching and picking stuff up, bending over, even the simplistic of tasks get to be unbearable with due time and especially with razor sharp pain. That coupled with major fatigue and depression is not a good trio at all. 


    Now on to endometriosis and my weight. It is proven that weight gain or loss can effect endo and it’s pain severity. For me getting pregnant with my second brought on a whole different deals of sorts. I gained a lot of weight I’m not talking 20lbs I’m talking I went from 116 to 176. Yeah. My rapid weight gain over those nine months coupled with a c-section just set my endometriosis into fits. I have a belly pudge like most moms or people who have gained weight, my thing is though mine isn’t entierly fat. It’s scar tissue and endometriosis. It can cause major bloating and depending where the tissue has attached in the body can make you stomach bloat out a lot. 


    In time I’ll go into more about my Endometriosis and living with it and depression. If you know anyone who thinks they may have it or you think you may have it I urge you to ask your doctor for a test for it. The sooner you find out the sooner you can help work towards a cure for you and all of us. 
    Thanks for reading,

    Lindsey


    Tiny Handcuffs

    Someone once said a wedding ring is the tinest pair of handcuffs so chose your partner wisely. 


    For months now that saying has rattled around in my head nonstop. 

    I have no clue why but just the thought of marriage now scares me. What if he is only with me for the kids? What if he doesn’t really love me? Am I ok with the rest of my life being like this? 

    I love my partner with all of my heart and I am in love with him. But what if he really doesn’t feel the same? I think everyone goes through this when in a serious relationship and not married yet. 

    People say marriage is just a piece of paper but for me it’s so much more.

    It’s choosing to change who I am my name and all to become one with you. It’s choosing to love you and only you, it’s choosing to promise to be by your side through the worst and best of times, it’s choosing to love someone so much more than yourself that you would bind yourself for enternity to them. 

    For me marriage is so much more than a piece of paper. My ring symbolizes so much more than what people think. 
    I’m just scared he won’t want me to be his partner and is with me for the wrong reasons. That he’d marry me and second guess himself and not want to be handcuffed together by the tinest cuffs. 

    I guess with deployment coming up I am on edge.
    Thanks for reading,


    Lindsey


    Sometimes I Feel

    Sometimes I feel sad 

    even though I’m doing what I love.

    Sometimes I feel lonely

     even though I’m in a crowded room.

    Sometimes I feel ignored

     even though I’m talking.

    Sometimes I feel unimportant 

    even though I’m told otherwise.

    Sometimes I feel useless 

    even though I’m depended on.

    Sometimes I feel scared

     even though I’m smiling.

    But that’s only sometimes.

    And I know I’m going to be okay.

    Because I am everything I’ve ever 

    wanted to be.

    And I have a life like no other.
    Thanks for reading,

    Lindsey

    Learning to have a Healthy Marriage 

    Wanna know the key to a happy and healthy relationship? Keep it private. Keep it off social media. Never let anyone know when your home is unhappy because that’s an invitation for people to interfere. Don’t post about fights online or financial troubles, heck don’t even talk to people in person about it, unless it’s your family or one close friend and even then don’t tell too much into it. Dustin and I may fight and argue but it’s never too bad and I only vent to one person and that’s usually my sister who is never really listening anyways. You will never see anything but happiness and smiles on Facebook or Instagram because I learned my lesson with my past relationship with posting about your personal drama online. It invites unwanted visitors into it. 


    Communicate. I cannot stress this enough. Don’t push them away(a bad habit I have) or bottle it up (another habit) or be passive aggressive (yet again) be open with each other. Talk about your day, any emotions you may be feeling, anything they’ve done to make you mad or unhappy or sad or anything, just talk to them be open. I cannot tell you how effective it is for you and your partner and how it will help avoid petty fights and arguments. Try not to raise your voice or lose control of your emotions.       

    If you have kids or are a blended family like mine, parenting styles for the two of you may be different, and that’s okay. Try to come together and try different things to see what works for both of you and what you both agree on. Dustin and I are still working on this.


    And lastly don’t forget the little things. A kiss goodbye and I love before heading out to work in the morning can do miracles for anyone’s day. Plan a movie night where you just order pizza and veg out in bed watching stupid comedies on Netflix. Plan a family fun day where you can go to the park and while the kids play you and your partner can have some much needed conversation time. Guys bring her a flower just a cheap one or one you picked or some food I promise she will love it and brighten her day, ladies watch the game with him or pick up the controller and let him teach you how to play, or make him his favorite dessert it’s always a nice surprise. 

    Don’t forget you guys are a team. Don’t let anyone disrespect your partner because that’s disrespecting you too. Don’t forget you guys have goals of your own and together. Don’t forget to slow down sometimes and just enjoy each other’s company, cuddles and love. Just don’t forget to be in love. Take it from someone who’s had relationship after relationship flop, and finally tried something different and is finally happy.
    Thanks for reading,

    Lindsey