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I'm a writer, podcaster and mentor empowering others to live and thrive with endometriosis.

Endometriosis Management: What I'd Do Differently If I Could Start Again

Endometriosis Management: What I'd Do Differently If I Could Start Again

I get quite a lot of DMs on Instagram asking me whether going vegan helped me manage endometriosis and other questions that are related to specific changes and specific treatment. The truth is, whilst there have been some real game changers, it was an accumulative affect that helped me get to the point of being pain-free/low-pain most of the time. I made lots of mistakes along the way, and I’ve had a lot of retrospective learnings too. So for anyone starting out on this journey of endometriosis management, I thought I’d share my reflections on what treatments and changes worked, what didn’t and what I’d do do differently if I started all over again, over on Endometriosis News.

You can read a snippet of the column below, or head straight to their website here.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Here’s What I’d Do Differently

I spend most of my days sharing tips and information about managing endometriosis. I talk about what has worked for me and what helps me to live almost entirely pain-free. In this column, I thought I’d tell you what I would do if I could go back in time, knowing what I know now.

Tracking symptoms

Before my diagnosis, I would have carried out more research into my symptoms. I would have kept a diary of my pain and other symptoms to take to appointments. Endometriosis UK offers this online resource, as well as advice aboutseeking a diagnosis. If I had been lucky enough to stumble across that information, I would have used it.

Anti-inflammatory diet

Many of us know how long we may have to wait for surgery, especially in the U.K.’s National Health Service. I waited for about a year for my first surgery and two years for my second. Many of us can’t endure pain for that long.

That’s why I would have adopted an anti-inflammatory dietbefore my diagnostic laparoscopy. This diet is recommended for people with chronic pain conditions such as arthritis. I would have at least cut out sugar and caffeine to give me a better quality of life while waiting for surgery – though I saw the most benefits when I eliminated dairyand gluten, too.

I would have also begun taking an omega-3 supplement (I’m vegan, so I wouldn’t have upped my level of oily fish, but you could), along with evening primrose oil and turmeric. Omega-3 has been shown to help alleviate pain, evening primrose blocks inflammatory compounds,and turmeric is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. I’ve found all of these, especially the turmeric, incredibly helpful in reducing my endometriosis pain.

Specialists

Once endometriosis had been mentioned, I would have sought out a specialist. The number of specialists adequately trained to treat endometriosis in the U.K. and the U.S. is appallingly small. Unfortunately, neither of the specialists I’ve consulted have been up to scratch. You can find a skilled specialist by searching for Accredited Endometriosis Centerson the British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy’s website or by asking for recommendations from Nancy’s NookFacebook group.

Read the rest here.

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