How CBD Helped Me Reclaim my Life from Endometriosis
March is Endometriosis awareness month so I wanted to share my story in hopes that it will help others get diagnosed and possibly, relief. Please be aware, this gets into the details of my story on how CBD helped my Endometriosis pain and to reclaim my life.
The Pain, oh the Pain!
Sometime after the birth of my third child I started getting severe pain whenever my monthly cycle came around. I’m not talking take an aspirin and sit with a heating pad pain, I’m talking labor pain, pain that was so intense that it made me physically sick and didn’t allow me to stand upright for an entire week. Now, the pain didn’t occur with every period so I thought no big deal, I can handle this. Until I couldn’t.
Soon it was getting to the point where I was having cramping when I went to the bathroom no matter when in the month it was. It got so bad that I couldn’t even go to the bathroom at times. It just wouldn’t happen. At this point I went to my Gastroenterologist who said that everything looked good and was absolutely no help. I was told to drink more water and eat more fiber. I did. Still nothing. I was diagnosed with IBS-C. Nothing worked though. Not diet, not exercise. Nothing. I was in constant pain and had no idea why.
I finally mentioned the pain when I was at my yearly Gynecologist visit. She asked a bunch of follow up questions and said that it sounded like I had endometriosis. No, I thought. I know lots of people who have had endo and they all seemed so much sicker than me. She ordered an ultra sound to rule out any other issues. When it came back negative she told me that the only way to actually diagnose endometriosis was though an exploratory laparoscopic surgery. She had a strong feeling that I had it and gave me the option of surgery or trying birth control. Due to my age I was not thrilled with birth control but decided I was less thrilled with surgery. I started back on the pill for the next two years.
It seemed like my symptoms were getting more manageable. I decided that I actually didn’t have endometriosis. It was easier than admitting that I might. Then it all just stoped working. I was having pain throughout the month, my bladder and bowel issues came back. Nothing was working. I decided to go back and talk to the doctor again.
Surgery It Is
Due to the amount of time that had passed since they had started treatment the doctor gave me another ultra sound when I came in to make sure that no new surprises had popped up. When that came back negative, we once again discussed surgery. I was not ready for the minimally invasive surgery. It made me nervous. I had just started a new job. But my need to get rid of the debilitating pain made me decide to schedule the surgery. I was terrified that they would get in there and have to remove an ovary or my uterus. Even though I knew women that had lost an ovary or had a hysterectomy and were fine, I was scared.
The Surgery Date
I went into surgery at the end of March. When I spoke to the doctor afterwards they had found two spots on my uterus near the cul-de-sac area that were causing all of my issues. The spots were removed by laser and everything went well. I got lots of pictures of my internal organs. That was gross. I went home that same day with my husband and rested.
After the surgery I immediately noticed that I had no issues in the bathroom anymore. They were miraculously fixed! I was so excited that I made sure to tell everyone that asked. (I’m sure they were much less excited.) My pain was gone. It was amazing. Two weeks later I went in for my post surgery follow up and they put me back on the pill to prevent reoccurrence since there is a 20%-40% reoccurrence rate within 5 years after surgery.
Unfortunately, I was unlucky and did have reoccurrence. When I spoke to my doctor about it she said that if we had to keep going in we would have to consider a hysterectomy. I didn’t want to hear that so I just kept on dealing with the pain. Waiting to see if it got as bad as before. It did. I was miserable. I was ready to call and get the surgery scheduled.
Then I started taking CBD to see if I could lower my cholesterol. The omega-3 fatty acid in it had helped my friend lower her cholesterol by 50 point so I thought I would give it a try. I seriously did not expect any results. Then after a few days, my anxiety was gone. I was sleeping better, I was sold. It wasn’t until months later that my husband pointed out that I hadn’t had any endometriosis pain. I had realized that but didn’t connect it to the CBD so I did some research. CBD is known to help with hormonal issues such as endometriosis. I am still pain free and cannot believe it. There are still some minor symptoms but I feel like I have gotten my life back and avoided a huge surgery.