Thanks for checking in 🙂
I’ve been so excited to share this post with you!
For those of you struggling to read, and in need of some FAST pain relief, you can find a quick list under the disclosure below ❤
The whole idea to start this blog all came from a comment I had saved, ready to paste into support-groups for girls desperately seeking pain relief – which turned out to be a lot.
It’s a list of my go-to Endometriosis remedies and treatments I’ve picked up along my 10-year journey, (which you can read more about next week) and man did I deliver on the facts for you today!
What was once a short list is now this beast of knowledge – ta-dah!
Before we begin, I’d just like to say please don’t feel the need to go and buy everything all at once. It will be too expensive and you won’t know what’s working and what’s not.
I’ve added a list of items that I think are “Essential” for anyone with Endo, and should be implemented, (under doctor’s supervision) the moment symptoms arise.
Feel free to use it – or not use it! You know your body best 🙂
So, (if your pains not leaving you temporarily disabled) boil the kettle grab yourself a tea – cause I got the goods for you 😉
Little disclosure before we start –
- I’ve tried my best to use valid references, (which you’ll find at the end) but please remember I’m not a qualified medical practitioner – I’m just here to share some tips that have helped me 🙂
- Always speak to your doctor before starting a new medication or treatment, even if it’s natural. For example, St. John’s Wort can mess with contraceptives and too much Melatonin and/or Iron can be pretty dangerous too. It’s always best to pop in or just give the practice a call to double check.
- I mention Chemist Warehouse a lot because a) that’s where I do most of my stock-ups, b) I’ve found they always have the best prices (and they have a price-beat if they ever didn’t) and c) because they have Afterpay as well, (can I get an “amen”).
- I opt for Coles over Woolies because I like to rack-up my flybuys points to keep handy for “tight weeks”, (from unexpected hospital/doctor/specialist trips), and it comes in handy quite a bit. Even more fun, I’ll sometimes treat myself at Kmart.
Last Christmas I managed to save up $160 on the card, (over about a year), which was then used to buy a bunch of extra Christmas food & drinks – leaving more room for gifting money.
- I also recommend products from Ethical Nutrients, as I know they use top quality ingredients, ensuring my body reaps the full benefits. When you do a bit of research on the range in quality/ingredients you can get in vitamins & supplements, it can get a bit off-putting real quick.
ANYWAY, let’s get to it – here’s my list of Endometriosis treatments and pain relief remedies:
> Never underestimate the power of paracetamol and ibuprofen.
> Buscopan Forte – you’ll find it over-the-counter at your local chemist
> Cranberry juice – relieves pain, prevents UTIs, immune booster from antioxidants, and Vitamins E&C
>Curcumin (a chemical compound found in Tumeric) – anti-inflammatory, may reduce growth rate of endometriosis cells
>Ginger/Ginger Beer – relieves nausea
>Fibre is a MUST – helps with bowel pain/movement, fresh fruit & veg or supplement like Metamucil
>Prunes/Prune Juice – natural laxative
>Maca Powder – relieves hormonal issues like sleep, mood swings and hot flashes, boosts mood, brain function, memory and libido
>Get your Iron levels checked regularly – transports oxygen around the bloodstream
>A Good Quality Women’s Chinese Herbal Supplement – relieves a range of Endo and PMS symptoms (check out my “Treatments” Highlights on Instagram for more)
> A tens machine is your new best friend – works wonders for pain – keep an eye on my Instagram for a giveaway soon!
> Heat packs & ointments are your second best friends – helps to relax muscles
> And lastly, hot baths & cold showers are your third best friends – heat and cold shock therapy has an anti-inflammatory effect, also boost mood and brain function
> Get yourself a toy – for your vag. – having an orgasm releases pain-relieving chemicals, also reduces cramps by increasing blood flow to the uterus
> “PRO” & “PRE” biotics – aids your digestive system, immune system and skin
> Drink Rosewater – for hormonal breakouts
> Resveratrol – one of the most important ones, clears away damage cells (like endometriosis)
>Magnesium – required by every cell in your body, aids nervous system & muscles, reduces cramps, creates amino acids and energy, improves PMS symptoms & mood, may be as effective as some anti-depressants. Women lose up to half during their period, but it’s still important to see a dr first as can also be dangerous.
>Hemp – highly nutritious, good source of plant-based protein, may drastically reduce PMS symptoms, regulate hormonal imbalances and improve inflammation.
> Fish Oil – potent anti-inflammatory, reduces inflammatory molecule called cytokines, aids memory, prevents and improves some mental disorders, alleviates depression, supports skin, liver, eyes and kidney health
> Water filter – Australia has already had a national health warning (LINK http://bit.ly/BBNewsHEALTHWARNINGTAPWATER ), google “lead poisoning symptoms”
> Keep your mind stimulated – can be a massive help to pain, persistence and mood
> Peppermint Tea – anti-inflammatory, helps with bloating , works wonders for abdominal and menstrual cramps
> Sleepytime tea – NOT Melatonin – helps with sleep
>Celery – helps with bloating, 25 different anti-inflammatory compounds, prevents stomach ulcers
>Plan Ahead – get everything you need ready early – you’ll thank yourself
>Diffusers/Oils – aromatherapy works on part of brain that plays a role in memory, mood, behaviour and some unconscious bodily functions, can also have chemical reactions when applied topically.
>Support Groups – Having people to turn to who are going to understand you, can make a world of difference.
Want to read more?
Below you’ll find a little bit more information, research references, suppliers, prices and more!
Feel free to scroll to any section you like, I’ve put a Gif after every remedy to make navigation a little easier for you.
> Never underestimate the power of paracetamol and ibuprofen.
While these little suckers don’t do a whole lot on their own, when combined with OTHER pain medications it can make a world of difference.
It’s important to start taking them as SOON as you feel a flare coming on, because getting on top of things early can really help to keep the pain under control.
It’s also important to take them with food, (or at least a juice/big drink of water if you don’t have an appetite) as they erode the stomach lining – which puts you at risk of stomach ulcers.
I try not to buy brands like Panadol and Nurofen as they’re pretty expensive and about 90% of what your paying for is their advertising campaigns.
I usually get Panamax for Paracetamol (you can get 100 for $2.49 at Chemist Warehouse) and whatever the cheapest ibuprofen is, (tbh, it’s usually Josh running 7/11 for me when I realise I’ve forgotten to get more, lol)
> Buscopan Forte
I had actually never heard of this until a nurse mentioned it to me during one trip to the ED – and I don’t think I’ve gone without a box since!
It’s an over-the-counter medication, so you can pick it up at Chemist Warehouse for $10.49 per box (you get 10 in a box – to take up to 4 tablets per day)
You can get some cheaper brands, but just make sure you ask if you should take 1 or 2 (or read the label)
> Cranberry juice
Cranberry juice can help to ease period cramps and also promotes vag’ health by fighting bacteria that cause UTI’s(1)
While there’s not much evidence of the pain relief side of things, it’s ability to fight bacteria is due to it’s high doses of powerful acidic compounds(1).
It’s also packed with antioxidants as well as vitamins E&C, which all give your immune system an extra boost as well(1).
It’s important to watch the sugar content if you’re drinking juice, otherwise, a healthier alternative is to opt for fresh cranberries, (be warned, they’re pretty tart – I find skulling cranberry juice works best for me)
You can pick it up from Coles for around $6
>Curcumin (a chemical compound in Tumeric)
I knew Curcumin was a natural anti-inflammatory, but I was pleasantly surprised when I found a study that showed it actually reduced the amount and growth rate of Endometriosis Cells!(2)
If you’re looking at supplements, it’s important to find one using capsules and not pressed tablets. I’ve tried them both and the real stuff makes a world of difference.
I get mine from Ethical Nutrients at Chemist Warehouse for $26, (25/04/19) which gives me 30 capsules and lasts me just under a month, (when I remember to take them every day, lol).
I like to use ground Tumeric in some meals as well, (like spag bowl) you’ll find it in the spice section at Coles for around $2)
I also don’t mind Tumeric latte’s, they can actually be surprisingly tasty when they’re made right.
During my time as a Barista, I used a whole heap of different blends and nothing compares to the one from Tumeric Latte Mix.
They have a couple of different sizes/ prices – and it’s so good I just searched for half an hour to find it (I couldn’t remember the brand name – how embarrassing).
I like 1/2 a teaspoon in almond milk with a good squirt of honey.
Strangely, it’s also the only time I actually enjoy almond milk (my mouth is salivating just thinking about it).
>Ginger/Ginger Beer (not the alcoholic kind – soz, you can blame your uterus for that)
Like the cranberry juice, it’s a bit of a mystery as to how this one works, though there are lots of studies showing it does(2).
I like to sip on ginger beer when I’m nauseas, as I find the extra fizziness helps to settle my tummy that little bit more.
It’s important you get a brand that uses real ginger (instead of ginger flavouring) like Bundaburg.
I usually get a big bottle and keep it in the fridge because it’s cheaper than buying the little bottles.
Once opened, it will keep for about 3-5 days (the fizziness will die after the first 24 hours)
You can pick up a 750mL bottle from Coles for around $3.10 (25/04/2019)
>Fibre is a MUST
As bowel pain is often associated with Endo, it’s important to give your insides all the help they can get.
Fibre, or “roughage” as my Step Dad calls it, is what helps to easily move your poops through your system with the least amount of pain.
Natural sources are always best – like fresh fruit and vegetables – but if you don’t have much of an appetite, you can get a supplement like Metamucil.
Be warned – it’s not great, (it’s mainly the grainy consistency that’s off-putting).
You can pick up a tub from Chemist Warehouse for $14.49, and it should last you a good while – depending on how often you use it.
I like to take mine daily around/during my period and save the rest for when I need it, (like when I get backed-up from Codeine)
Prunes are a natural laxative and can really help to move things along.
I’ve had issues with my bowels almost my whole life (thanks to food intolerances – and Endo) so I’ve been drinking and eating prunes since I was a kid – cheers mum.
I’m not going to sugar coat it, the juice tastes like crap.
I much prefer to eat whole prunes, but when I’m in pain I often experience food aversion (aka – food literally makes me vomit even though I might be starving) so I find skulling a prune juice works best.
On day’s my taste buds are a bit sensitive, I’ll have something even more over-powering straight after, (like a tea, smoothie, or even a ginger beer – which then helps to keep it down too).
There’s a HUGE benefit for opting for prunes over laxatives – the main being that it’s natural, easy to digest and therefore kinder to your insides, (which is really important when you’re already unwell/inflamed).
Be warned – it can move things along a little too quickly, especially if you’ve been backed up for a while.
Just don’t make any plans with anyone you’re trying to impress, don’t move too far away from a bathroom and don’t wear anything white – you should be good to go 😉
You can pick a bag or bottle up from Coles for around $5-$6 (26/04/2019)
Maca is nature’s best-kept secret, (and she hides it well – about 4km above sea level in the Andes in Central Peru(5)) and is my absolute go-to for all things mood and brain/functioning.
If you have Endo – or any chronic illness for that matter – you’ve probably experienced a little thing I like to call “brain fog”.
The lights are on – but no one’s home.
Trying to put a sentence together or perform basic daily tasks is like trying to figure out a complicated math equation.
If this sounds familiar, get yourself down to Coles, (or phone a friend) and pick up a bag for about $5.50 (26/04/2019)
Not only is it highly nutritious, but it can also improve your mood and brain power/memory, relieve some Endo & Menopausal symptoms (like hot flashes, mood swings and sleep issues) and give your libido a boost to boot 😉(5)
>Get your Iron levels checked regularly
It’s not all that uncommon for abnormal, heavy or prolonged periods to be one of the many Endometriosis Symptoms you may experience (- yay.)
If this is you – iron could be your little game-changer.
Iron is responsible in a range of bodily functions, the most important being transporting oxygen around the body through your bloodstream. Keeping your iron level up can help to maintain good energy levels and brain function, as well as prevent anaemia(6).
I think it’s important to note that plant-based iron is a little harder for your body to absorb, so make sure you’re having it with something rich in vitamin C, and with animal protein, if you can, as these both help to boost iron absorption(6).
To read more on iron boosters and inhibitors, you can read the full article I’ve referenced at the link below.
My iron has a tendency to be low, so I take a supplement with every period, and I also get regular tests.
When I do need to take something, I like the one from Ethical Nutrients as it also contains vitamin C and it’s not much more expensive than some of the other brands.
You can pick it up from Chemist Warehouse for around $13.99 (26/04/2019)
>A Good Quality Women’s Chinese Herbal Supplement
There’s a Chinese herbal supplement made especially for menstruating women which provides a tone of relief from a whole bunch of Endometriosis symptoms.
It’s really important to stick to trusted brands when it comes to Chinese herbal stuff, so I like Fusion (“Women’s Balance”) and/or Oriental Botanicals (“Women’s Qi”).
Both brands provide exactly the same ingredients and quantities, (the lists of ingredients below is copied straight from each of their websites) so just get whatever is on special at your chemist.
It’s a bit on the pricey side, but I promise it’s worth it! I like to take 2 a day for the first week, (to really get it in my system) 2 a day around/during my period and 1 day for the rest of the month.
It usually takes about two weeks before I notice a difference, but when I do, I notice my moods are A LOT better.
There’s also a good chance my next period will be light and somewhat-manageable pain-wise as well (compared to feeling like absolute death for the first 2 days anyway)
They aren’t available from Chemist Warehouse, (poop) but you can get the Oriental Botanicals from Good Price Pharmacy for around $36.99 for 60 tablets, (26/04/2019), or, if you need an Afterpay option – you can get it from Kogan for a bit extra – $44.62 (26/04/2019)
I’ve also made a quick video reading all the benefits straight from the label, (Womens Qi) and I’ve popped it on the “Treatments” Highlights on Instagram for you if you wanna check it out.
> A tens machine is your new best friend
I was lucky enough to get an Ova Period Pain Reliever for Christmas last year and I honestly have no idea why I waited so long to try one!
This has been an absolute game-changer for my period pain and has stopped so many emergency hospital/doctor visits!
I think it’s because the whole “electric” side of things kind of freaked me out – but it honestly doesn’t feel like that at all.
Different settings have a range of different tingling sensations and levels (I can’t feel anything on the lowest level – neither could my housemate Josh) so you can adjust to suit your body.
Going too high/intense makes the muscle spasm with the pulses from the tens, which doesn’t hurt, but it does feel a little strange! It also goes away as soon as you turn it back down, so it’s nothing to stress over :).
While you might feel some results almost immediately, it takes about 30 minutes to really kick in, (just like it says in the instruction booklet).
The pads did lose their ‘stickiness’ a little quickly – but in saying that I was wearing it almost every day during a 2 month-long heatwave and the hottest summer on record (if it wasn’t, it certainly felt like it anyway).
I’d recommend getting an extra set of pads if you can afford it just to be safe 🙂
They’re usually $99.95, but they’ve been having a heap of sales ever since the Livia started taking off (a much more expensive – but not necessarily better version).
These days you can get them from their website for a much more affordable, $36 (26/04/2019)
*Side note, they also come with a little clip that slides into your pants or undies for super-stealth- hiding-action.
I’ll also be giving one away very soon! The giveaway will be announced on the 7th May – so stay tuned!
> Heat packs & ointments are your second best friends
I’m going to keep this one simple – it relaxes your muscles – which is exactly what you need for period and/or endometriosis pain.
Be careful not to use them for too long, or you can end up with a nasty and persistent burn called “erythema ab igne” (and no, that’s not a typo).
I was lucky enough to get it last year, and I’d say it took about 8-10 months to completely fade, (I was really pushing it though – 10/10 do not recommend.)
If you’re on the go, or if the pressure from heat packs hurt at times, (we’re twins! *high fives*) an ointment like Tiger Balm can be a great alternative, (just be careful because it does stain your close)
You can pick some up from Chemist Warehouse for around $8.50, (which usually lasts me a good few cycles)
> And lastly, hot baths & cold showers are your third best friends
There’s a lot of research behind heat and cold shock therapy for anti-inflammatory benefits as well a bunch of other super helpful things.
I try to take a completely cold shower for at least 3 minutes whenever I’m having chronic or global pain and it does really help.
I always notice a huge difference to my breathing, mood and brain function immediately and the effects seem to last a fair while.
This is because it encourages the production of endorphins (happy hormones) and norepinephrine (a neurotransmitter, aka. what sends signals around the brain.
I’ve even put a before and after on the “Treatments” Highlight real on Instagram so you can see the difference for yourself!
Like the prune juice, I won’t sugar coat it for you – it’s never a fun time, but I’ve also never come out of one thinking “I really regret that”.
Blast some music that makes you feel invincible (I like to play AC/DC and pretend I’m Iron Man) and get ready to dance – you’re body literally starts jumping around like a mad woman – even if you’ve barely moved in days!
(You can watch it by clicking the #773 above.
Be warned – it goes for 3 hours so plan it for a not-so-bad ‘pain day’ to keep your mind distracted.
If you’d be interested in me doing a research article on this for you, let me know!
> Get yourself a toy – for your vag.
Actually, it’s for your uterus.
If you get “horny” on your period, (like many others(7) – me included) it’s for a good reason.
Orgasms not only trigger feel-good, pain-relieving chemicals like dopamine and oxytocin(7), but they can also reduce cramps by increasing blood flow to the uterus(8).
If you experience painful sex, or pain around sex, (a common Endometriosis symptom), masturbation can be a lot less painful.
I personally find, if I do it prior to having sex, it actually makes it less painful – and thus more enjoyable too ;).
While I’ve never tried one myself, I’ve listened to friends RAVE about the We-Vibe for years, (which is actually designed for couples) but I’ve never been game enough to spend that much money for an end result I can achieve for free, (around the $200+ price point).
If you have the money to spoil yourself and perhaps someone special – why not!
Otherwise, there’s plenty of cheap alternatives out there.
> “PRO” & “PRE” biotics
PRObiotics are good bacteria
PREbiotics are things you need (like fresh fruit and veg) that bacteria survive and thrive in your gut.
Probiotics are going to support your insides in more ways than you can imagine.
You may have noticed these are getting a lot more popular lately, especially as more and more research comes out supporting the importance of promoting gut health.
The main benefit of taking probiotics is it really gives your digestive system a good boost(9) – and if you experience painful bowel movements (like me), you’ll need to give your body all the help it can get.
There’s also many studies linked to probiotics and an improvement in mood/mental health(9).
I’m currently loving The Beauty Chef’s Hydration probiotics in my smoothies, but they are a little on the pricey side, (around $40 – 26/04/2019)
Henry Blooms is a slightly cheaper alternative if you’re looking for a range of probiotics that target specific issues, they’re usually around $30 but they’re currently on sale at Chemist Warehouse for $14.00 (27/04/2019).
When shopping for probiotics, you don’t necessarily need the ones that go in the fridge, (unless they’ve been recommended for you) but make sure you’re getting one with a large range of different kinds of bacteria.
It’s also important to have some prebiotics before or with you probiotic – like fresh fruit and veg.
If you don’t have an appetite, you can try one of my smoothie or juices which I’ll be posting up later in May, (9th) or alternatively you can get a supplement like a green drink.
My favourite is Vital Greens, but they’re a little hard to find, (at a decent price anyway) so I usually just pick up a greens supplement from Coles, like the Natures Way Super Greens Boost, for around $20 (currently on sale for $14 – 27/04/2019)
> Drink Rosewater
If you suffer from hormonal breakouts or acne, you might want to try drinking rosewater like I did.
Rosewater sprays have often caused breakouts for me, so I was pleasantly surprised when it worked so well drinking it.
While there’s not a whole lot fo evidence to back this up – it does work for me, and Lauren Conrad too, (from The Hills).
I first tried a bottle from Madame Dry, (who offer sparkling rose water, infused with crystals under a full moon for 24 hours).
It was super fancy and great for intention/mindfulness purposes, (not so many health benefits) but it was also really hard to find and pricey.
You have to buy a whole pack from them – which works out to be about $80 when you include shipping – FOR 12.
And although the price kinda makes sense, (because they’re hand-done in small batches with mindfulness and what-not), I’m just not rich enough to spend the average specialist’s fee on a dozen bottles of water.
So I went to Coles. picked up a natural rosewater essence for $1 ($1.10 to be exact 29/04/2019) and a little oil dripper from the junk shop, (you can also get one from Officeworks for around $6, 29/04/2019) and wolah – it tasted pretty much the same.
- You’ll need about 30-40 drops per 1L – use a straw to taste as you go and see what you like.
The Coles website is currently down for some reason, so I’ll use Woolies this time. It’s the same price anyway – $1.10 for 50ml (which is HEAPS)
While I consider Resveratrol to be one of the most important things to add to your list, I’ve left it toward the bottom simply because of the price.
However, it naturally occurs in grapes, blueberries, raspberries and peanuts(10) .
If you’ve ever heard someone say “wine is good for you” it’s because of this little bad boy.
Unfortunately though, wine doesn’t contain anywhere near enough of it for it to actually be considered “good for you” (*sad face*).
Tbh, I hadn’t actually heard a whole heap about this until I stumbled on the Dr. Rhonda Patrick/Joe Rogan podcast I mentioned earlier.
Since then, I’ve seen it become increasingly popular as more and more research shows more and more benefits.
This baby has some pretty amazing superpowers that can really do wonders. While you may not notice any immediate changes – you’ll definitely notice a difference over time.
Consuming resveratrol activates autophagy – which is the process of your body clearing away senescent cells (dead/damaged cells).
They’re also filled with PRO-inflammatories, which re-trains your body on when it’s a GOOD idea to inflame(11), (not every god damn day. for no bloody reason, ffs.).
Because it encourages Autophagy, it can also do some pretty nifty things like preventing grey hairs, wrinkles and acne. Some studies even show it can stop the formation of endometriosis lesions(11) .
This one is an especially important one to make sure you’re getting a decent brand, as A LOT of what’s on the market/at your local chemist is probably filled with fillers and not-so-fab ingredients(10).
But be warned, the good quality stuff can get REALLY expensive.
I like to get the one from Ethical Nutrients, and I find Chemist Warehouse, (surprise, surprise), always has a really good price compared to the rrp, which is over $55.
Yep you read that right, fifty- five buckaroos.
You can pick it up from CW for around $40, which gives you 30 tablets to take 1 daily.
(They’re HUGE btw, so if you have difficulty swallowing, you may want to speak to the chemist about a good alternative that’s not too costly).
I was pretty shocked to learn EVERY cell in your body needs magnesium to function(12)
I was even more shocked when I found out that women lose up to HALF their magnesium while on their period!(13)
That’s pretty scary, especially when I learned that it’s estimated 50% of people don’t get enough magnesium already(12)*cringe*.
Just even more evidence western/modern medical treatment is lacking soooo much – but I won’t get into a rant about that or we’ll be here for days.
Anyways, by aiding your nervous system and muscles(12) it can actually REDUCE muscle cramps(13) .
It also aids your body in converting protein to amino acids, and food into energy(12).
Lastly, it improves your PMS symptoms and mood – there’s even a study showing magnesium can be as effective as an anti-depressant drug!(12)
Yeah, this baby is pretty bloody essential.
As always, it’s important to have a chat with your GP before taking a supplement, as they can interfere some medications – including antibiotics.
It’s also important to be cautious on the type of magnesium you’re getting, as it can be hard for your body to digest. Healthline advises the best ones to get are “magnesium citrate, glycinate, orotate and carbonate”
I’ve found a cheap effervescent one from Voost that contains a good dose of Magnesium Carbonate Hydrate (equal to 200mg of magnesium)(14).
You can pick it up from Coles for $3.50 for 10 or $6.75 for 20 (27/04/2019)
Magnesium requirements differ between age groups and genders.
To see your required amount, you can head to Healthine’s article here
If you’re in my category (Female, 19-30y.o. – you need 310 mg)
I’ll keep this one short and sweet, because we’re getting to the end.
If you want to read the full article I’ve referenced, you can read it at the link below:
Not only is hemp super nutritious and packed with protein, it also may regulate hormone balances and inflammation.
One study even indicates it may drastically reduce PMS symptoms from it’s high level of Gamma-linolenic acid, which reduces prolactin (thought to play a major role in PMS)!(15)
I’ve been putting Hemp in my berry smoothies. They have a nutty flavour which compliments the berry seeds, (makes sense as their also seeds, lol).
You can pick up a bag from Coles for around $8 (27/04/2019)
Fish oil has so many benefits it almost sounds a bit fishy 😉
The main benefit to Endometriosis is that it’s a potent anti-inflammatory, and can even reduce your body’s production of an inflammatory molecule called cytokines (which are produced by your genes – cheers fam).(16)
Just as helpful, and perhaps even more importantly – it’s almost a love tonic for your brain, (which makes sense considering your brains pretty much made of it(16)).
It aids memory, prevents and improve symptoms of some mental disorders, (including alleviating symptoms of depression), while also supporting your skin, liver, eyes and kidney health(16).
Some of them have a tendency to taste naaaaaaaaaaaaaasty, (don’t even get me started on the after- burps) so make sure you get one that reads “odourless”, (although, be cautious and prepared for your heart to be broken on this one – a lot of brands flat-out lie).
The one from Natures Own hasn’t given me an aftertaste yet, (might have just jinxed myself there) but I take it with a big drink of water and a drinkable probiotic (like the ones I mentioned earlier) or juice to really get it to work, (and prevent the aftertaste at the same time).
You can pick it up from – you guessed it – Chemist Warehouse for $14.00 (27/04/2019) for 60, which lasts me around a month, (I like to take 2 a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon for a brain power boost).
Like the tens machine, this one has been a game-changer for me.
I remember one night before work, (bartending) I felt completely fine all day, so I took my vitamins with water, and 20 minutes later I was in horrid pain and stuck on the toilet.
It dawned on me this wasn’t the first time this had happened either.
About a day or two later, (while it kept happening every time I had water – which wasn’t often- funnily enough) I heard a report on the news about a national health warning, advising everyone to run taps for at least 30 seconds.
You can read the news report for yourself here: http://bit.ly/BBNewsHEALTHWARNINGTAPWATER
It said our tap water contains ridiculously high levels of lead, (3 x the amount allowed in the US and Canada(17)) so, I decided to look up the effects of lead poisoning.
And MAN was I PISSED at our government real quick.
It was all my really bad “Endometriosis” symptoms
Typing “symptoms of lead poisoning” into Google, Google provides a little box of info that reads:
“Can have no symptoms, but people may experience:
Pain areas: in the abdomen or joints
Gastrointestinal: constipation, nausea, or vomiting
Developmental: learning disability or slow growth
Whole body: fatigue or loss of appetite
Behavioural: hyperactivity or irritability
Also common: baby colic, headache, insomnia, or memory loss”
I’m pretty sure it was the next day that I went and bought a water filter and – OH MY GOD.
Not only was my body drinking more water naturally, (it had been a real struggle to drink water before that – no wonder) but my symptoms of painful poops, cramping, moods – almost everything – started to improve drastically overnight.
I’m not saying I was cured of pain, but when the filter started to die, (and I thought it was just a gimmick and tried to push it) EVERYTHING came back.
Which didn’t surprise me when I took the expired one out (see picture below)
They are a little expensive, but if you haven’t got one, I PROMISE it’s 110% worth it.
I honestly don’t know why the government isn’t handing these things out for free – especially considering they’re RESPONSIBLE, (this is one of the many things I’ll be bringing up in my letter to the Health Minister – don’t you worry.).
Anyways, I did some research and saw the Brita filter helps to filter out lead, so I hunted around online and found the best price was at Big W, so I’ll stick with them again for now.
I originally bought one of the jugs because they’re a little cheaper, (starting at $29 for the small ones), but I went back and exchanged it for an over-the-tap one before I even left the store.
I’m so glad I did – it’s so convenient. (They go for around $60 – (27/04/2019)
I was a bit worried the filters would end up costing me an arm and a leg, but it lasted me around 6 months, and it was only $30 for a new one, which I think is pretty good.
> Keep your mind stimulated
Pain is actually developed in the brain – from the nervous system sending signals saying there’s something wrong.
I find keeping my mind as stimulated as possible can really help to keep my thoughts off the pain. I won’t completely forget about it of course, but being distracted means I’m not getting into a crappy mood – making the pain even worse in the process.
I like to have my TV, xbox, (the only time I play Sims), computer and phone going all at the same time – the more stimulations for me, the merrier.
If you’re stuck for ideas – why not start an Endo Blog!
This one I chucked on here last minute, when I remembered it’s a life-saver for bloating.
I even used it after surgery to help move the gas through and it really helped!
When I googled it to get a reference, I was pretty surprised to learn it’s also a muscle relaxant that works wonders for menstrual cramps and abdominal pain!(18)
There have even been studies showing drastic improvements for relief of IBS compared to placebos(18)
It may also improve brain function, sleep, relieve headaches(18) and your love life – from having the freshest breath in town 😉
My shark week pain is starting to get intense, so I’ve just made a cuppa myself.
You can pick some up from Coles for around $2.70 (14/05/19)
>Sleepytime Tea – NOT Melatonin
If you have issues sleeping and you’re thinking of taking Melatonin, PLEASE DON’T.
I was lucky enough to see this when I was a teenager and it’s stuck in my head ever since.
This is an episode from Dr. Oz, where he explains the dangers of taking it.
The video is in parts, so if they don’t play automatically, just scroll down to where it says “from this episode” and it should work from there.
Please – if you’re thinking of taking it, or know someone who is – give it a watch.
For an all-natural sleep supplement that WORKS and has no nasties – I’m obsessed with Celestial Sleepytime Herbal Infusion.
My mum has been on it for years and I’ve got so many other’s onto it as well!
I’ve tried some other more expensive ones and they just don’t compare to this one.
Which is tops because you get a pack of 20 from Coles for $4.20 😉
I remembered celery was a diuretic, (gets rid of water retention) when I had a bit of a flare after a cheeky late-night Maccas feed, (hotcakes – my reward for finishing the website).
But whaddaya’ know, this little sucker is a powerful anti-inflammatory too!
In fact, it’s estimated to have a whopping 25 different anti-inflammatory compounds!(19)
It also prevents stomach ulcers, making it a great snack to have with your medications.(19)
The veggie juice I’ll be making with the first episode of Pretend Cooking Channel (9th May) has celery in it, and it’s actually super tasty – so check back in soon!
One of the best things you can do for yourself is get prepared early.
On the days leading up to shark week it’s a good idea to get prepared with a big household clean, meal prep and I like to get all my clothes out ready too.
(You can see how I organise my clothes in “Dressing For A Flare on Youtube, 16th May)
This way you don’t have anything to stress about, you’re in a clean comfortable environment, and everything is easily organised in advance – avoiding unnecessary pain.
So, aromatherapy can be a little controversial – and don’t worry, I’m not about to tell you burning them will cure your endo. But it is really interesting to learn how they work.
Some plant chemicals are absorbed when you apply them to the skin.(20)
When inhaled – it can actually stimulate the part of your brain involved with emotions, behaviours, long-term memory, some unconscious functions (like breathing) and funnily enough – sense of smell(20).
I’m not an ‘oil expert’ – but I know someone who is.
I was lucky enough to meet Belinda last year during a time when I was spending most of my days home alone.
I won a competition on her FB page, and after hearing a little more about my story, she came around and surprised me with a bag filled with goodies all for my Endometriosis.
Belinda has been kind enough to explain a little more specifically about the oils, including which ones to use and how they work, (which I’ll be adding in here soon)
In the meantime, feel free to reach out to her Facebook page if you have any questions.
> Support Groups
Finally, if you’re like me and don’t have a lot of support in your personal life – firstly, know I’m a friend and I’m here for you, you can message me any time.
Secondly, do yourself a HUGE favour and get yourself onto a support group.
My favourite is Endometriosis Support Australia, and it’s run by two Endo Queens who are dealing with an INSANE health battle, (and are still two of the nicest, most caring chicks you’ll ever meet).
You’ll also have a group of over 5,000 women experiencing EXACTLY what you’re going through!
I’ve been on this support group myself for about a year, and this group of uber supportive women have not only saved my life once or twice after really horrid experiences at the hospital – they’ve also given me A LOT of helpful advice and reassurance.
My last piece of advice would be to stay informed and stay supported.
I thought this piece would take me an hour tops and I’ve been here for 4 days now.
I hope you’ve found something interesting/new from this post and I really hope it brings you some relief!
I know I was surprised by so much in this post! I’d love to hear what you were surprised about!
Do you have a top 3? Was there something you’re keen to try straight away? Did you know it all already? (smartypants) Let me know!
Sending love, hugs and pain-free days ❤
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