Earlier this year during an ultrasound it was discovered that my left ovary is tethered to my bowel. Although this is very painful and causes many physical problems, (which I’ll go into detail another time) it was a huge relief to find out. I have dealt with painful/heavy periods since I was 12. A polyp was found in my uterus and removed during a laparascopy when I was 20/21. Other than that there has never been any visual evidence that anything was wrong.
I have been challenged with many health issues over the years. Although endo hasn’t been diagnosed through surgery, the tethered ovary to the bowel, along with my symptoms are enough to know that it is that! I am currently dealing with a flare up due to stress and am experiencing the same pain in another area. I’m guessing that other organs are attaching to each other. But I reach this point and see two roads ahead. One is increasing medication to deal with more pain. More meds will lead to more side effects, which in the end will make daily life more of a challenge. The second road to go down is focusing more on nutrition and exercise. Exercise is a struggle. So much that I do causes pain. Diet too will be a struggle. As with many others dealing with endo I experience IBS. Last year I tried an anti-inflammatory diet, after being diagnosed with HyperAldosteronism ( I will make a post about this condition another time). Basically, I can’t take anti-inflammatories with this medical condition. So the challenge of dealing with an inflammatory condition is increased enormously. Fortunately, I enjoy a challenge! However, at the time of trying the anti-inflammatory diet my IBS kicked in big time and I made a quick retreat to my previous intake of fruit and veg.
Returning to the present, I have discovered some wonderful endo bloggers. One in particular, endohope.org, she describes how she is able to cycle for 2 hours. Due to this she doesn’t need pain medication. Yes please! I want some of that.
I have been considering creating a blog for a while. I juggle my health, (Endo, Hyperaldosteronism and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) family life, working life (YouTube) whilst caring for my daughter with EDS (my son has it too). It isn’t an error that I didn’t add ‘social life’. I consider spending time with my family as my social life. There is not enough spare energy or pain free time, at the moment, to socialise outside of all that I am doing now. Maybe one day there will be, anything is possible.
As my journey continues I would like to share it with others. Since 2003 there has been many up and downs with Chronic Fatigue from being virtually bed-bound to virtually house-bound to now where I run my own business. I have one long term goal, which is to not have any surgery. It will be interesting to see how the future unfolds….