I remember when my treatment plan for Endometriosis was quite different from what it is now. It is one I am sure you may identify with. I took the contraceptive pill continuously, took painkillers and any other medications for the side effects of the pill and went in for a laparoscopy operation to “clean me out” every year and a half. This was my treatment plan for about 9 years. I thought I was honestly doing the best that I could, considering I had Stage 4 Endometriosis and was told I only had a 25% chance of conception! My doctor had tried all sorts of stuff before we settled on this treatment plan and he was the best specialist in South Africa at the time… so he must be right…
My handbag was filled with different drugs to provide me with instant relief of just about anything. I had tablets for constipation, diarrhea, headaches, nausea, eye drops for the scratchy eye thing and of course heaps of painkillers for my Endometriosis, which I knew was unpredictable, so I had to be prepared. I even traveled with a mini water bottle, just so I could take all these drugs with ease and of course, without having to make it too obvious to anyone the amount I was taking. I hated having to explain my Endo or any of the side effects all the time.
I honestly thought this was working. I won’t lie to you because there were bits of this treatment plan that did actually work. I had less pain with my Endo than I did before the operations, and my overall pain was better when I could take painkillers for any inkling of an “endo attack.” I also didn’t have my period (I was taking the contraceptive pill continuously), which was a massive bonus! So, I had little of the period pain I had before taking the pill. I did have every single side effect listed on the contra-indications listed for the pill, but that didn’t matter so much to me as hey, I could just take other drugs to deal with that, right?
I didn’t know much back then about what all of this was really doing to my body or my healing. To be honest, I think I would have stayed on this path for many more years. It is only now, in retrospect, that I can truly identify with not only why so many of us follow this way of “treating” Endometriosis but also why it would have ultimately never healed or even helped me get better.
I am not denying that western medicine offers many great miracles. Within it, we can find amazing breakthroughs for practically rebuilding body parts, doing organ transplants and bringing back life in people who have been in severe trauma incidents like car accidents. It has done amazing work in these areas.
When it comes to disease, a greater understanding of the body is seldom considered. The disease is isolated in one area, so that area is the only focal point for the doctor. No consideration is given to how taking a drug to treat that specific area might affect other areas of the body. What is ironic is that these other areas often directly attribute to the very cause of the disease in the first place.
Let me explain this in the simplest way I can.
We have Endometriosis, so the doc puts us on hormonal treatments which is meant to dry up the Endometriosis building up in the abdominal cavity. This works great but unfortunately those very hormones that we have within our body serve a purpose. That purpose doesn’t just revolve around our period, ovulation and Endo. There are heaps of hormones in the body and they all do very important things, like controlling our immune response, controlling our digestion, control our moods, our reactions to life, our stress levels, our heart rate, how hot or cold we feel, our allergies, how we react to certain foods, our emotions and feeling happy/depressed, how sexual we feel, whether we feel in control or not and so much more. They are very sensitive to change. When we throw these foreign fake hormones into the body, we have no way of knowing exactly which other hormones they are affecting.
Interesting note: the case of hypothyroidism in women with Endometriosis is exceptionally high. Coincidence? hmm…
We then get pain. So, we reach for the painkillers. The stronger, the better! Painkillers work by blocking the prostaglandins in the body. These are hormone-like substances that either create pain, inflammation or clotting, or reduce it. They work together. There are prostaglandins that create inflammation, clotting and pain, and there are others that do the opposite. When we take painkillers we are stopping ALL of them. Now, this is fine… for a little while, but over time the good prostaglandins are prevented from doing their “other jobs.” So, things like digestion are affected because these guys encourage movement in that area. They protect the stomach lining, heal internal organs and react to infection and damage. We might suffer from bruising, poor wound healing and you betcha… a poor immune response. The good prostaglandins need to do their job too… or stuff just doesn’t get done.
It is also a well-known fact that women with Endometriosis often suffer from auto-immune conditions. Prostaglandins are the very substances that create and cause the responses in many of these. Allergies are exactly that. I suffered from allergies for years without ever establishing this connection. The more painkillers I took, the worse they seemed to get…..hmm
So, we carry on down this path and during it we might swallow between 8–10 drugs in 7 days (probably more than that). Now, all these drugs contain their own side effects but most importantly they add to the toxic load on the body. Who takes care of the toxic load in the body? The liver.
This is where it gets interesting…
See, the liver flushes out toxins and excess hormones. This is massive! The liver is also directly linked to our digestion and our immune system. With too many toxins in the blood-stream, the liver simply doesn’t cope. The toxins therefore remain in the body and as they build up, so do our symptoms. We take more drugs to suppress them and down the spiral it all goes! More drugs, more toxins, more work for the liver and the more our poor immune system struggles.
What is really interesting is that according to the Gherson Therapy Institute, Endometriosis is caused by a poor immune response in our bodies. It had little to do with the hormones in the first place… they in itself were merely symptoms caused by a deeper issue.
So, our focus should be on building up immunity rather than suppressing every symptom this Endo has given us, including overactive or underactive hormones!
Well, I hope this all makes sense cos I feel this message is hugely important in educating us all about Endometriosis and more importantly the difference between treating Endometriosis and suppressing symptoms.
I also don’t want you to feel bad if you are currently using the treatment option I mentioned at the top of this article or any other treatment option suggested within western medicine. I did it for years! It is also what so many doctors prescribe to women with endo as the only option, so naturally we listen and believe them as they are experts in their field.
What I wanted to do is share what I have discovered and what you perhaps may not recognize in what you are doing to your body. I wish someone had shared all this with me. Thing is, I had no idea and really believed that my treatment plan was my best option.
It has been 2 years of going natural. 100% natural. No hormones of any kind exist in my body anymore. I rarely take painkillers and I rarely have any of the other symptoms. It has required some real commitment to change and do things differently but to be honest I am glad I did. I am totally in control of my own healing, my body and I have never felt so certain that I can beat this thing as I do in this very moment!
I hope you have found the door that is open to you through this blog. I hope that you step inside and appreciate all the wisdom I have gained. I hope that it helps you as much as it has helped me. The answers are all within our reach… we just have to trust in ourselves, our personal healing and believe that we can!
Thanks to all the women that support my cause and I hope many more will follow me!