If it was a particularly bad month it would be the only think that worked, I could vomit until I was vomiting nothing but air, stomach muscles heaving and painful, so I had no choice but to go to the hospital if I wanted the vomiting to end. One other problem was I could never hold any pain killers down due to the vomiting so would have to suffer the excruciating stomach cramps as well.
The pain was becoming so bad I would bang my head against a wall and be up during the night crying and prowling the house in complete distress,unable to sleep. I was also continuing to suffer with diarrhoea and backache and stomach cramps and sharp pains which lasted at least 3 days and heaviness that lasted over a week, it was f**king ridiculous the sufferance I was going under just for a damn period. There were times I would just break down and cry, cause there was nothing else I could do. It was a cousin of mine who encouraged me to go to A&E, I thought they would think I was wasting their time, but she was right they didn't think that and I was always taken seriously and treated sympathetically, even if I did turn up half crazed.
Lets not talk about the psychological effect, who the hell can be happy when they are puking up their guts, weak and in pain, I was extremely miserable whenever I was on. I am a very optimistic, happy go lucky person, but this situation was really testing my happy reserves.
I was even losing weight, which is unheard of for me, shit I don’t lose weight easy! The vomiting was so intense and relentless and would last approx 3 days, during which time I could not eat and any nourishment I might've had in my body was expelled with vigour from projectile vomiting,hence the weight loss. I would be so exhausted after 3 days of vomiting it would take a few more days to recover from the ordeal. That meant I was in a mess one week out of every four.
One particularly bad month I ended up in A&E yet again begging for the strongest pain killers they could give me, I believe I asked for morphine, not that I have ever had morphine, but I've heard that stuff is good, I didn't get it, but I was given something strong and put on a drip due to dehydration as I had been sick up to 12 times that day, whooo, hooo, ain't I a lucky girl. I was ready to flog anyone man, child, woman or beast who was not willing to help me, how much pain could one woman be expected to take!
I won't go into all the details about Adenomysis but if your interested, click on the link below.
This MOFO was a joker, he was playing some big fat joke on me and was going to turn around any minute and go "Ha, ha only joking. He didn't, he was deadly serious.” Go away and read up on sugar, make your own choice, but I promise you if you give it up, your periods will become better." I didn't get it, what the hell did sugar have to do with my painful periods, I was convinced I had wasted my money on a complete quack!
I went home and cried because I knew I had to make a change I was not ready for and I was overwhelmed, no more doughnuts, cake, ice-cream, yogurt, no more almond croissants, no more sugar in my hot chocolate or my cereal, how was I going to eat porridge or cornmeal without sugar or honey! I cried hard like my man had just dashed me, yes that kind of hard.
I have to plan meals more carefully and cannot just run into a shop and pick something up without thinking about what it is I am putting into my body. I tend to bring dishes to family meals to ensure I am catered for. I might have a restricted diet, but I still love my food, ain't no one trying to starve themselves!
Pain is a terrible thing, it can make you miserable and lose hope, but luckily I never did lose hope. They were getting better and I knew that because they were so bad the change would be more gradual than dramatic, I had to be patient.
I only saw the homoeopath twice and called him once, a couple of months back, when the vomiting was continuing to be a major problem. There is a lot of information on the Internet so those of you who do not want to part with money, you could probably find all you need to know, but personally he was worth every penny and more, and this is a stingy girl talking who doesn't like to part with cash unless I really have to.
Here is a link to a Facebook group for Adenomyosis.
Here is a link to a great site dedicated to Adenomyosis, started by a woman who suffered from the condition, it has proved to be a great resource.
What worked for me may not work for you, there are things that our bodies are sensitive to which might not have an effect on someone else, also not everyone is in a position to turn their eating habits around or even wants to.
My advice, read, read and read and make up your own mind, don't let me or anyone else tell you what will work for you. There is a lot we eat and drink which may be contributing to health problems. Sugar is poison to my body so even though we were great loves in the past, I do not mourn our breakup, in fact I celebrate it like getting rid of a no good boyfriend, I gladly turn my back on sugar!
I am not perfect, this is my own personal journey I am sharing, a journey that will be life long because I am not going back to how I was before. I have embraced this change and if it means sugar and I are done forever then so be it. I am human and I am learning more about clean eating and will continue to make positive changes in my life one bite at a time as challenging as it's been the rewards have been worth it.
Thanks to my other half Rob who has kept me sane through months and months of pain and distress and now through the lifestyle changes especially those first few months after I gave up sugar, when I'm sure I was not the greatest person to live with!
My main advice is if there is a nutritional answer to health problems you are having it would be silly not to give it a try. I have no regrets, how can I, I’ve turned into a new woman, and tampon adverts no longer piss me the hell off and best of all I have my womb back, we are no longer fighting each other but trying hard to work together.
There are times I thought the pain and vomiting was going to drive me mad, when I was so exhausted I would curl up and just sob, when I dreaded having to try to get out of bed and go to work, when Rob the other half would drag me out of the house for a walk to take my mind of the pain and I would be sick in the roadside or in a bush, there are times he has had to pick me up from work and stop the car so I could vomit.
It was not that long ago, mere months but I shudder at the thought of it, no woman should have to suffer with such painful and distressing periods. I know some other women have far worse stories than mine, all I can do is tell you what worked for me and encourage you to research your condition whatever it may be and find and healthy and natural way to help yourself. I am proof, you can take control of your health through food, you don't have to put up with up it , this is the 21st century, if they can send man into outerspace, build drones, map the human DNA, there has to be some kind of cure for painful periods and I think the cure may well be diet. just don't expect your Gp to tell you that.
My name is Kat and I am a sugar addict no more.
Disclaimer none of the pictures used are mine.