I’ve finally worked up the balls to start a discussion. I know the topic of menstruation has been done to death but I can’t find one quite like mine. I’m posting coz I’m over it. I am absolutely sick to death of my periods.
This’ll probably turn into an essay but here it goes:
I’m 25. I first got my period in 2000 (nearly 14). Eversince, I have had the most painful periods I have ever heard of: Apart from excruciatingly painful cramps and heavy flow, I faint, I vomit, I have a huge bout of diarrhoea, I sweat profusely, my thighs are sore, my lower back is sore, and I am really, really tired. Oh, and I get zits! Every month!
I ALWAYS take at least two days off anything I’m doing (that’s at LEAST 24 days a YEAR! Gah) whether it’s school, work, social activities or exercise. For my last period I was bed ridden for three whole days. It’s awful. They last 5-6 days.
I’ve been to the doctors many times. I’ve tried anything and everything under the sun to give me any sort of relief at all with no luck (chinese medicine, massage, chiropractor, supplements the list goes on) and have had a few ultrasounds to clear me of endometriosis, cystic ovaries and shit like that – I don’t have either. I’ve had blood tests for my hormones but apparently they are all normal (my most recent one was two months ago). All everybody recommends is that I go on The Pill. It’s like this magical pill that will solve all my problems. I haven’t succumbed to taking the pill...yet. Even though I’m completely bed-ridden there’s just something in me that won’t let me take it. (During the period days I do take very, very strong painkillers for up to three days. I really hate that I do but I figure taking something for up to three days a month as opposed to everyday of every month is slightly better? Who knows.).
I’ve been a vegetarian since 2000 and in 2005 I went cold turkey into high fat raw gourmet stuff. That didn’t last long whatsoever. I followed it religiously and kept it up for about six months (then on and off for a year). I lost a tonne of weight, I was permanently lethargic and was too tired to keep up with my sporting activities and all I could think about was food! I lost a tonne of my hair (I’d say easily half of it – will I be losing anymore on this lifestyle?). My periods were still excruciating.
Has anybody else experienced anything like this before? Whether it is a personal experience or a friend of a friend or your cousins friends brothers mother. Anything. I haven’t come across anybody with the same story.
I love life and love living but this piece-of-shit problem is pissing on my parade.
I started 80/10/10 about two weeks ago. I’ve been feeling absolutely wonderful so far but I am not holding my breath.
Sorry for draining it but thank you so much for your time.
I went vegetarian when I was 14 (25 now). But I was a shocking vego, I ate cheese like no tomorrow, loved icecream and all that sorta shit. So yes, I suppose I have eaten a lot of animal products as opposed to animals in my past. I'm sticking with this HCV way of eating. I'm just waiting for significant results before I get a bit too ahead of myself and start updating my symptoms. Thank you for your help!
Haha, it's not so scary
Leeeeeeena, do you have an update on this? Are you feeling better now (assuming that you're still on this lifestyle)?
Tejka007! I apologize for such a delayed response.
Together with the lifestyle (I wasn't fully raw, I ate clean cooked rice and pasta and potatoes as well) and chiropractic..it took 6-8 months for me to get relief of my symptoms. My hormones were ridiculously out of whack. My testosterone levels were higher than normal.
I had a 9.5 out of 10 pain every time I'd get my period. After six months it went down to a 4 out of 10. After about 8 months I didn't even realize when my period was coming (usually I'd get niggling cramp pains that kinda 'let me know' they're on their way but I didn't even get those). So I'd say that yes, together with chiropractic care (I got adjusted once a month one-two days before my period started) and eating high carb, this definitely definitely helps.
I then got a hectic full-time job, moved away from home and fell off the wagon; I was getting to bed too late consistently, felt under the pump every day, I wasn't keeping up with my water intake and then I slowly started to eat fat-ladened meals at stupid times of the day (even though they were vegan! Vegan cheese, loads of nuts and heaps of avocado). My symptoms came back within about 2-3 months. It was awful.
So now I feel like I'm in the middle of the see-saw; I want to finish this job that I started but I want to be back where I was with my health. It's my battle. I know health is much more important than a lanky job but I want to finish what I started x 2!
I'll figure it out. Thank you for replying to this post by the way. I don't think I would have remembered to come back if I hadn't gotten a reminder via email.
Thanks for your reply Leeeeeeena and good luck with juggling everything. A lot of it is related to self-discipline I guess.
Happy New Year!
Hehe, thanks very much. Happy 2014. Enjoy. It. All.
I am 23 and I have PCOS and my flow is uncontorlable. To the point where I don't even know when its coming and sometimes it last weeks and the pain is crazy unbearable.
So I hope this lifestyle will help me in that department.
See this story:
Thanks for this!
Oh yeah, I'm sure your period will ease up on this lifestyle. I had very similar periods to yours years ago. I would get cold sweats and hot flashes, awful pain, nausea, spots in my vision and then collapse into a shock. I was also told by doctors to go on the pill of course. I didn't have the knowledge about the dangers at that point so I went for it. They did ease up the pain but a couple years later a constant pain in my pelvis started leaving me bedridden until I found this lifestyle.
When I started eating this way my periods got noticeably better each month. My periods used to be a full week now they're two-three days, light and virtually painless- I can't feel that i have a period at all. I am including cooked food right now but with NO salt and simple whole ingredients I remain period-pain free. Also make sure to keep overt fats quite low.
View each period as a measure of progress but don't expect it to become painless immediately, it will take several months.