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Posted by: 9 (Guest), Wednesday, July 4, 2007, 12:33am
Hey Guys,
I just found out I have endometriosis.  My friend has it and she told me to stay away from red meat.  I said "WHAT!!"  that is what I eat every day.  Is this true?  I have went to a couple of webs sites and they say the same thing. I hope not.  I have been trying to eat hormone free meat... but it is so expensive.

It is kind of a relief to find out what's wrong with me.  I have been having horrible back aches, the type you have when you can't even walk and when I do walk the pain shoots down my legs.  OUCH!!

My doc put me on 4 mg (I think, haven't picked it up yet) of progesterone cream, Lortab and a muscle relaxer for the spasms.  Any other suggestions?  I want to get better!!  I know ER4YT is helping.  I just have to give it time.

Thanks for all the support!
Posted by: Lloyd, Wednesday, July 4, 2007, 3:39am; Reply: 1
A good web site on the problem is the NIH website which seems to have no indication that eating meat would be bad.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, July 4, 2007, 6:41am; Reply: 2
avoid the wheat not the meat!
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, July 4, 2007, 6:43am; Reply: 3
Vitex Agnus Castus", also known as Chaste Tree, is widely used for PMS.  
Also used for endometriosis,
Dr D uses Aromastat and Estrapahse to help with excess estrogen problems  
(Endometriosis)
menstrual cramps, menopause with hot flashes and
cysts of the uterus and ovaries.  It shifts the ratio of estrogens to
progestagens in favor of the progestagens.
Posted by: bec-australia (Guest), Wednesday, July 4, 2007, 9:21pm; Reply: 4
Hi Napa & welcome to the endo club.  The big thing to do is to decrease/get rid of any xenoestrogens in your environment.  A great site for understanding xenoestrogens is http://www.endo101.com.  Also, with the progesterone cream, you'll want to get it made up in a paraben free base.  Parabens mimic estrogen in the blood, so it's important to make sure that they aren't in the cream/gel/oil base of your progesterone.  Hormone free meat is a great idea.

Big triggers that should be avoided are caffeine (in any form, including green tea), coffe, chocolate, dates, pomegranates, heating food up in the microwave with plastic wrap over it, soda/Coke/Sprite etc and benzoates/parabens.  

From experience, the following things can make a difference:
- Change your laundry detergent - most of them have xenoestrogens in them, so you need to get one that is naturally made and contains no petrochemicals.  I'm in Australia and we've found the safe ones are slightly more expensive, but can be put on the garden with no hassles.
- Don't use commercial fabric softener - they're made from petrochemicals and because it stays on the clothes, you absorb them through the skin.  We now use plain white vinegar.
- change your facial cleanser/moisturisers, body lotions etc - most of them contain xenoestrogens.  So use a more natural/pure one.

On the positive side - at least you know now and can take some action to make it better.  It isn't generally one of those things that solves itself instantly though.

Good luck,

bec
Posted by: 9 (Guest), Wednesday, July 4, 2007, 11:05pm; Reply: 5

Okay.... I am freaking out just a little bit here.  How am I going to afford all this stuff.  I went to the store to get some hormone free meat, it costs twice as much. And now the laundry detergent, fabric softener, lotions and I can't have green tea??  Help me!!

I am not sure about the progesterone cream... the pharmacy is mixing it up.  I pick it up tomorrow.  I know I can do this.  I just miss a lot of stuff.... coffee, mozz. cheese with tomatoes, basil and balsalmic vinegar, martinis...

Thanks for all the information.  I will do it because I want to feel better!!
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, July 4, 2007, 11:16pm; Reply: 6
search with the word endometriosis...
there are loads of testimonials you might want to follow
http://www.dadamo.com/search.htm

http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/otd/archives/00000656.htm
for example
Endometriosis responds well to this diet.
Posted by: OSuzanna, Wednesday, July 4, 2007, 11:41pm; Reply: 7
Thank you, Lola, I know a lot of people have endo to deal with!
Posted by: Becky, Sunday, July 8, 2007, 2:50pm; Reply: 8
(sunny)  First thing Napa, take a deep breath!!  Lola (wonderful Lola) is right, there is a ton of information on the boards about Endo.  

Second, take things one step at a time.  Changing to better meat is probably the best thing you can do.  There is no need to feel like you have to run off to the store and find a way to afford everything all at once.  Try the vinegar for fabric softener Bec suggested......that is very affordable.

Also, if you want to take more steps, check out the internet for better detergents and what not.  Perhaps you will find some that are very affordable and natural.

Just because you already know how to swim, doesn't mean you need to jump in from the high dive.  There is a lot of information to be learned here, and that will take time.  Then you can choose what to change - step by step- !!
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