This story sent to the website highlights the need to be patient and try different measures to help manage endometriosis, and this woman’s story illustrates that persistence is worth the effort.
'I believe that I had endometriosis since my first period at 12 and possibly before. It took about 10 years before getting diagnosed. And even after my diagnosis I had enough of not being taken seriously and being treated like a hypochondriac and drug seeker.
My aunt is a naturopath so I tried all sorts of alternative treatments (progesterone cream, many supplements, enzymes, iodine, DIM, vitamins, minerals), I was put on a raw vegan diet for a few months with no improvements.
I tried a parasite cleanse, as sometimes parasites can be what is causing the endometriosis, but still no improvements. I was also dealing with other illnesses, ME, allergies, rosacea, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, anaemia, problems with my immune system (Chronic sinusitis).
I used acupuncture and Chinese herbs for over 2 years to manage my pain but unfortunately for me it could not stop the progression of the endo.
My pain kept getting worse, my periods were getting longer, heavier and more painful (I was having contractions, passing out large black clots and pieces of tissue and veins) and I had bowel, kidney, bladder, abdominal pain every day. Some days I was struggling to walk and could not sit up straight because of the pain. I was so sick of the excruciating endo pain, it made me suicidal.
Five months before I consider myself cured, I stared taking (LDN) Low dose naltrexone which really helped with general pain relief, depression, ME and fibromyalgia. It was challenging to get a prescription.
LDN is a medication that works with your body's immune system through its interactions with your body's endorphins. Endorphins play a role in pain relief, immune system regulation, growth of cells and angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor). It is also sometimes used to improve fertility in endometriosis patients.
Now when I have my period, I no longer need to take any pain killers (not that they ever worked), and I take LDN and NAC supplements for my rosacea. It took about 2 months before I could no longer feel the adhesion that once prevented me from exercising and caused me intense pain.
I stopped being so strict with the paleo diet and stick to a more normal gluten free organic diet with no issues and diet changes have helped to the pain in check, especially stopping gluten.
Don't let anyone tell you that you have to live with an illness for the rest of your life when there is hope, and there are people with incurable conditions who have found healing!
The moment you are ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens!'
This particular success story was partly achieved by using Low dose naltrexone (LDN) to help control and manage her pain and has the added benefit of helping with depression. This is because it affects endorphins which are hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system and having a number of physiological functions.
It usually takes a while for the effects of this treatment to take affect as it builds up in your system, but some people say they notice benefits quite quickly. LDN is used to help with various auto-immune diseases as well as pain, inflammation and certain mental issues. You can read more about Low dose naltrexone and how it can help endometriosis HERE