Update 2013. The below post is from 2007. I’ve since healed (functionally cured) my endometriosis: Endometriosis? Mine responded to natural care. Here I email the MD who mocked me when I refused her “care”
In the process of discovering how contrary to well-being psychiatry is, I’ve uncovered massive amounts of dirt on all western medicine.
I now don’t want to take any drugs ever.
I’ve been prescribed numerous pain relievers in the past 6 months as my endometriosis has returned with a vengeance.
Endometriosis is the phenomena of endometrium (the lining of the uterus) growing outside of the uterus all around the abdominal cavity. Like the uterine lining, this tissue builds up and sheds in response to monthly hormonal cycles. However, there is no natural outlet for the blood discarded from these implants. Instead, it falls onto surrounding organs, causing swelling and inflammation. This repeated irritation leads to the development of scar tissue and adhesions in the area of the endometrial implants. It is treated in various ways, most often through the use of various god-awful hormones which leave one with hairy, acne covered bodies and a deepening of the voice and other lovely male like qualities.
I was first treated for it when I was 16 with the good old birth control pill. (I took it all month long and therefore did not have periods) It made me go bonkers. I stopped going bonkers when I stopped taking the pill.
The endometriosis came back so I had laser surgery. All the little lesions were burnt off. Well, that was the idea, but my gyno told me that the endometriosis looked like someone had taken a brush with paint and splattered my insides. So he couldn’t actually get all of it. I had splatters all over my intestines for example, so those couldn’t be touched because of the risk of rupturing the wall of the intestine. He predicted I would have no relief.
I did have relief for a few years after the surgery, however.
Then I started taking Risperal. Risperdal raises prolactin levels. High levels of prolactin make your periods stop. So for many years the Risperdal “treated” my endometriosis.
Two years ago I got down to 4 mg of Risperdal and my period came back. Within a year and a half my endometriosis was raging again. Now every month I’m faced with having to take a pain reliever for 3 or 4 days every 6 hours.
I’ve learned that all the pain-relievers I’ve tried have nasty-ass, dangerous side-effects. Most of them don’t work. I’ve taken many now and settled on Ibuprofen. People don’t realize how dangerous Ibuprofen is. It can cause heart attack and stroke and kidney disease, but much more commonly it causes serious stomach problems, often without being aware of them. It is not particularly dose related and can occur after as little as one dosing. Taking food with it does not diminish risk. A list of side effects:
Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; gas; headache; heartburn; nausea; stomach pain or upset.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; trouble breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody or black, tarry stools; change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; confusion; dark urine; depression; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; mental or mood changes; numbness of an arm or leg; one-sided weakness; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe headache or dizziness; severe or persistent stomach pain or nausea; severe vomiting; shortness of breath; stiff neck; sudden or unexplained weight gain; swelling of hands, legs, or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual joint or muscle pain; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision or speech changes; vomit that looks like coffee grounds; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
I hate taking Ibuprofen. I also hate pain. I do suffer from dizziness, light-headedness and diarrhea the entire time I’m taking Ibuprofen. I just cross my fingers with the rest of it.
I may have the surgery again, but I don’t want to do the anesthesia as it makes withdrawals worse. I hope to be able to stick out the pain until I get past the withdrawals and then I will have the surgery. Surgery is not a permanent solution, so I hope that I’ll reach menopause before it returns. Blah!
So the lovely state of affairs for me is that I have severe PMS for two weeks then I have severe pain for 4 days. Then I have about 10 “normal” days.
If all goes well with my latest additions of supplementation, I will no longer have PMS. The doctor was oh so confident. I just have to wait and see. I don’t care if she is a holistic doctor–they all want to believe they can cure you, regardless of their philosophy. They like to promise you’ll be all better.
I’m just being lovely today, aren’t I?