It is easy to worry about Endometriosis. I know I used to worry about it for years. I would imagine the Endo cells just taking over my entire abdomen and there would be nothing, recognisable left inside of me! It was honestly like watching a horror movie unfold in my mind sometimes!
What I have come to realise is that the fears of Endometriosis getting worse are only really justified if we are doing nothing to aid the body’s healing journey. When I did nothing for myself, ate junk food, drank heaps and just generally didn’t really look after myself, my Endometriosis would return within a year and a half. It was obvious when it was back and it was an unbearable pain. I couldn’t get out of bed for two days of the month and the rest of the time, the pain would consume my life at any given moment. My “treatment plan” at the time simply involved having surgery every year and a half. Well, after seven operations, you can imagine how sick of that “treatment plan” I became.
It has been over seven years of not having any surgery. I know the Endometriosis is back but I also know it is not out of control.
How do I know not to worry about it spreading and getting worse?
- Pain with your period
I only experience pain occasionally with my period and when I do have it, I don’t even need painkillers to deal with the pain. It is completely manageable—certainly not like it used to be, where getting out of bed was a complete struggle. If your pain is improving, you are on the right track. If it is getting worse, you need to do more within your healing journey.
- Listening to all of your bodily symptoms
I review what my body is telling me and keep a record of its progress or shortcomings. There are heaps of signs that indicate whether your healing journey is going in the right direction toward healing. The symptoms your body gives you are all indications of whether you are healing or whether your body is struggling. Indicators include: good/bad digestion, headaches, nausea, bloating, skin break-outs/sensitivity, sore muscles and aches in your body, emotional instability. It is important for you to keep a record of what is happening with your body and your personal improvements. Some of us don’t share all the symptoms to begin with and may have additional symptoms, which we need to remember. They all count! They are all indicators of improvement in your healing.
- What comes out
I know this is a funny subject but it is important to recognise what is coming out with your period. If it is lumpy, dark and stringy, it is a sign that things are not good. We want red blood that flows like water or a little thicker. Certainly not stringy, lumpy bits. This is a massive indicator of endometriosis improving or getting worse. I found using Vitalzym made a huge improvement with this one!
- Your overall energy levels
One of the key indicators that your body is balanced and happy is how much energy you have. If you feel constantly tired, it is a clear indicator that things are still out of balance somewhere. This is mainly connected to the liver not being able to process all the toxins and fats in your diet but also an indicator of hormone imbalance and thyroid imbalance.
- Pain with Sex
This to me was always the most obvious indicator that Endometriosis was returning and the more painful it was, the more I knew my Endometriosis had spread. It is really the best indicator, in my opinion. It doesn’t indicate this for everyone as the endometriosis deposits can form in different places. For me, however, it was always my most obvious indicator.
These are signs I have personally found to indicate that my Endometriosis is improving or getting worse. We are all different and you might not get all the signs—I know many women with Endometriosis who don’t experience any pain at all. The point is to recognise the signals within your body and to realise when they are getting better or worse. If they are getting worse, just up the natural techniques you are using or see a natural practitioner to help you get the right focus.
The body is super powerful and only needs guidance to heal. It is not an instant fix. It has taken years for it to develop these imbalances and it will often take months or even years to fix those imbalances. The thing to remember is that they are imbalances and just need to be put back into balance. This is when you feel light, happy and everything will work as it should.
What signs do you remember having, that you no longer have? What tells you that your Endometriosis is getting worse/better? Feel free to share your personal signs so other women can recognise them too.