I am a little embarrassed about writing this post. I initially thought it would be a poor reflection of my health but I also believe that all my experiences, both good and bad, are lessons for me to share with you, so you can improve your own health. Everything that can guide me to improve my health is also a lesson to improve your own, so here goes…
It is also not the most lady-like topic…
I went to visit the gynaecologist a few months back as a regular check-up on my hormone levels and endometriosis. I know they can’t determine endometriosis with an ultrasound alone but they can check for pain levels, endometrial lining thickness and of course whether my hormones are all in order. It is a combination of things that I assess when going for these appointments, as I also tend to ask for a range of blood checks, stool samples and this time I also checked for the Epstein Barr Virus (one I had heard was somehow linked to endometriosis.) As you know, I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to all this stuff and I find it all very cool to know what my body is doing.
Well, the interesting thing is that they did pick up that I had the Epstein Barr Virus in the past and that everything was perfectly normal and my hormones are doing what they should be. All my mineral and vitamin stores seemed fine too and it all was looking very good, until the gynaecologist ordered an X-ray.
I had expressed to the gynaecologist that I had a persistent dull pain on my left side that seemed to be alleviated when I walked more and after going to the toilet. I naturally thought it was adhesion pain and focused on massages and moving my body through yoga. Going for an operation to check for adhesions seemed silly to me, when we know that operations create further adhesions.
Well, he ordered this X-ray and a part of me wished it was something obvious like perhaps they had left something in there, when they operated. I know! Vivid imagination! But the truth is, it always felt like there was something in there that just needed to come out. I wasn’t wrong!
The horrid truth is that I have a completely blocked-up bowel!
Here is a picture of my X ray:
I know! This is totally shocking and yes, kinda icky!
I really believed that my digestive health was in really good order. I go regularly, sometimes more than once a day and I really believed that was good.
Upon further reflection I did notice a few things that were odd though:
- My stool shape and design varies. I really thought most people have this but no, it should be more consistent than non-consistent.
- I never feel completely “empty” after going to the toilet.
- I had experienced gas and bloating for most of my life.
The interesting thing was that until getting this X-ray result, I really believed that my digestive health was okay and that it was just taking a while to heal, after all the years of eating gluten and being on the contraceptive pill.
How wrong was I!
So, I am researching and testing out a bunch of tools to flush out my bowels but in the meantime, I would like to point out some other digestive symptoms which you may be experiencing which could indicate something similar going on for you:
- Heartburn after eating sweeter foods
- Gas and flatulence
- Trouble digesting certain foods (particularly meat)
- Feeling tired after eating
- Headaches after eating certain foods
- Dull pain in various parts of the digestive tract area
- Piercing pain under the ribs (gas)
The dull pain I experience is on the left side, just near the pelvic bone. The doctor explained to me that this is where there is a loop in the bowel and hence the pain. Things are getting stuck there! As you can see from the image above, things are mostly blocked on that side!
I really wanted to share this with you as I believe it is quite common to experience digestive issues alongside endometriosis. I believe it may be linked to hormone treatments but may also have something to do with our constitution. I know I was always very sensitive to foods, even as a child!
There are a number of things that can cause blockages in the stool, so I am wanting to really test and make sure that what I recommend for you is safe and effective. I do feel that as humans we don’t do enough cleansing of the bowel and in particular when it comes to worms and parasites. We give our dogs heaps of deworming stuff but somehow we never deworm ourselves!
If you are experiencing digestive struggles right now, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or if you have any recommendations for me, that would be much appreciated too.