I have written about my very heavy periods before
since then things have gotten worse and I have been diagnosed with something called Adenomyosis. Which is basically the cells from the lining of the uterus getting into the muscle layer and then every month when you have a period you bleed into the muscle which results in tearing and swelling of the uterus.
Signs and Symptoms from WiKi
Some women with Adenomyosis do not experience any symptoms, while others may have severe, debilitating symptoms. The endometrial implants that grow into the wall of the uterus bleed during menstruation (the same as endometrial tissue bleeds) and are discharged vaginally as menstrual bleeding. The vaginal pressure can be severe enough to feel like the uterus is trying to push out through the vagina, like the first stage of labor when the baby’s head pushes into the cervix. Other symptoms include;
- Intense debilitating pain all the time and/or
- Acute & increasing pain at menstruation and ovulation
- Strong ‘contraction’ feel of uterus
- Abdominal cramps
- A ‘bearing’ down feeling
- Pressure on bladder
- Dragging sensation down thighs and legs
- Heavy bleeding and flooding
- Large blood clots
- Prolonged bleeding i.e.; up to 8–14 days
I have most of these. The pain is indescribable. It is like a labour contraction that just does not stop. It cramps and does not let go.
I have been taking Cyklokapron for a few years now and this helps with the very heavy flow, it now means that I can leave the house. Before I used to fill a menstrual cup in under and hour and would often flood. I had to get up a few times at night to empty the cup. I can now get through the night, most nights.
My pain killers have been anti spasm drugs like Scopex and anti inflammatory drugs, paracetamol. If these don’t work I move on to Myprodol, then Tramahexal which is like a horse tranquilizer and makes me feel whoozy. I cant drive and am not much good at looking after the children so I tend not to take them unless The Geek is home. They also make me vomit so I have to take anti nausea drugs with them. I am like a walking chemical lab and it only takes the edge off I am still usually in a lot of pain. I don’t like taking a lot of medication and I really want to try find better solutions.
The doctors have nothing to offer me. I could have the Mirena but because the legions ( growths of cells in the muscle) are so big the Dr was not sure it would even sit properly and I don’t have R5000 to try it out. It also has some side effects I am not keen on.
The other option is a hysterectomy: If i don’t need it why not take it out. Sounds great but then there are a whole host of problems that can happen with not having a uterus. If you read HERS Foundation you can see that it is not always as good outcome for everyone. While I realise that this site might attract those who have had problems and are searching for answers and so might be disproportionally skewed towards the negative, these are still things to bear in mind. The biggest and unbiased fact is that women who undergo hysterectomy, even when leaving the ovaries in, go into menopause 5-10 years earlier and this does pose some significant health risk.
The bottom line is that I just do not want a hysterectomy so I am off on a mission to find other things that might helps. I am keeping track of my journey here and maybe it helps someone else.
Heavy bleeding and PMS are often signs of Estrogen dominance so I have been doing some reading and seeing in there are natural alternatives to balancing female hormones.
These are the things I have tried or am going to try and I will write separate posts about them as there is a lot of information
– Cutting out all coffee
– Heat, hot water bottles and hot baths ( these really work)
– Going gluten and grain free
– doing whole 30 ( scheduled to do this with my sister starting 9 June after she is finished comrades)
– Yoga – going to start this week
– supplements and vitamins
I am willing to try anything. If you have heard of something that might help to balance hormones please let me know and I will try it and blog about it.