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Hi,<br>
I've never poster here before, but I really need some advice.<br>
I'm looking for advice on how to treat endometriosis. Brief background:<br>
I've had it for the last 5 years. I've had 4 laproscopies to remove it. I'm currently on Lupron with add back estrogen. I've been pain free for a year but now the pain is back.<br><br>
I have 2 adopted children, and I'm very happy with that, so getting pregnant is not a concern for me.<br><br>
I'd love to get off the drugs and try some natural remedies. I'm a believer in acupunture, but I can't go due to lack of childcare. Also, insurance doesn't cover that.<br><br>
Does anyone have any advice?
 

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I can't help as I'm in the same boat. I'm going to be starting bc next month and I'm considering a lap as well.<br><br>
I've read a little about chiropratic care helping with endo and I plan to see my chiro at some point about it. My insurance at least doesn't cover chiro, so I'm not sure if yours would either. I've been doing some googling but honestly can't find much.<br><br>
I wish I had some advice for both of us, but just know you're not alone.<br><br>
Btw, how did the Lupron work for you? That's one of my options and I haven't given it much thought.
 

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What helped me the most was the endometriosis diet: <a href="http://www.endo-resolved.com/diet.html" target="_blank">http://www.endo-resolved.com/diet.html</a><br><br>
Its a HUGE lifestyle change but I just can't explain how much better I felt with the diet and a second surgery. I got pregnant 6 months after starting the diet and 3 weeks (!) after having the surgery.<br><br>
I was always afraid of Lupron because I had DVT in '98 and I just don't trust hormone therapy anymore.
 

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I know we had an Endo thread but I don't know where it is now. Anyone know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've not followed the diet, but found the info extremely interesting and helpful in understanding endometriosis. <i>Endometriosis: A Key to Healing and Fertility Through Nutrition</i> by Dian Shepperson Mills and Michael Vernon.
 

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I found that I had a lot less trouble with endo after becoming vegan. I know soy is supposed to be off the diet, but I just don't eat a lot of it and do ok.<br><br>
Honestly, after numerous prescriptions that were next to useless to varying degrees, the best medicine I found was very small amounts of marijuana. Everyone has their own feelings on the substance, but a very small amount for me controlled my pain and gave me the freedom to get on with my life, without altering my state of being, and without the horrible side-effects and risks of pharmaceuticals.<br><br>
I watched my aunt be a guinea pig for all sorts of endo treatments, and after all of that, if she could go back and undo every single one of them, she would. Quite a few of them made her much worse. Some of them were so-called "mistakes" on the doctor's part. Now she's had a full hysterectomy among numerous other surgeries and she's still struggling. She insists the most important thing she has learned is to always get a second opinion, or third, before undergoing any procedure. I decided to take a cue and just try to deal with it with diet, and occasional herbal help when needed.<br><br>
I would love to hear any other helpful tips, though!<br><br>
good luck, mama
 

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I had surgery - missed the most painful lesions on the bowels....<br>
Did Lupron (horrible and insurance stopped covering it....never found out why)<br>
Did Depo Provera (bled whole time)<br>
Was on prescription strength aleve.<br>
went to an herbalist<br>
went vegan<br>
went to super low weight - (hoping for amenorrhea)<br>
Tried every birth control pill (bad side effects or nonstop bleeding)<br>
Ortho Evra patch worked for 1 year<br><br>
What I've found works for me:<br>
1. Eat a well balanced diet - lot's of whole grains and veggies<br>
2. Exercise 30 daily<br>
3. Switched to momma cloth - still use OB ultra tampons if leaving house or at night on heavy flow days.<br>
4. let the pain flow over me<br>
5. valerian<br>
6. During worst pain - eat just fruit and veggies plus some whole grain (maybe because I have lesions on bowels).<br><br>
good luck
 

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PS I got pregnant after being told I would have huge difficulties the only time I didn't use protection!!!!
 

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I forgot to mention about all the different birth control pills I went through trying to control it. I found that I felt much, *much* better when I stopped taking them. My periods were more "regular" on them, but I think if my body needs to dump some blood a week after my period finishes, then it is better to let it go than to force it to be retained for a couple more weeks, IMO.
 

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I noticed a HUGE difference when I switched from normal (aka dioxin ridden!!! check out the research on the link between dioxin and endo, its terrifying!) tampons to oxygen bleached, organic ones. Shorter, lighter and less painful periods immediately.
 
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