Aisha......with the M.I.A. period!
(M.I.A. - Missing In Action!)
My name is Aisha, and I'll post my question first, and give a background on my ailment, and then more about my story for those 'inquiring minds'!
I suffer from endometriosis. My question is, I started my very first month with Natpro about 3 weeks ago. I waited until the 14th day of my cycle to start. I stopped on day 28, and my period is still nowhere to be seen heard or felt. I began by using 5ml a day (split up day/eve) and didn't have much improvement, so I increased the dose to 10ml a day by the 7th day, and began to feel some relief. Each day got measurably better, and I was so happy about that. I stopped using the cream 6 days ago (day 28), I have no pain, and no period. I don't really feel premenstrual at all. I'm not complaining actually, but what I'm wondering is should I keep to the 28 day cycle I started and begin using Natpro again on day 14, or should I be waiting for my period to start, and mark that as day one again? I am normally pretty regular with my periods. BTW, I'm not pregnant, so no question there.
More about me:
I was so pleased to stumble across this website. Like finding a fresh puddle in the dessert. I found it while enduring an episode of relentless abdominal pain, crying and feeling so alone, scared, and throwing a huge pitty party. I couldn't believe the statistical number of women who suffer with this, and almost nothing is known about it. I'd been blessed with 2 great pregnancies and pretty easy periods my whole life, until fall 2009.
Actually it wasn't really the periods that were the big problem, I expect those to be somewhat painful, but something was not right. I began having pain mid cycle, for no reason. Once I was rushed to emergency after terrifying stabbing pain following intercourse. Doctor's thought it might be my appendix. An ultrasound revealed a cyst (or blood sack) growing rapidly, attached to my right ovary. Anything would cause it to tortion, and I'd be in bed with too much advil and a heating pad for a couple days, and walked hunched and slow the days following. I couldn't work. What the heck was this??? I've been spoiled by terrific health my entire life, so this felt like such an insult, or punishment I don't know. I agreed to surgery since this mass was now the size of a tennis ball, and causing too much pain. It was only once the cyst was examined in the lab that it was 'surprisingly' a diagnosis of endometriosis. I had that surgery a year ago. I thought I was free and clear and life could go back to normal. It did, for a while. Christmas 2010, began presenting all too familiar symptoms again. Oh no, I thought. Not again. I asked for another untrasound, which confirmed, it was back. Not the blood sack, but lesions here there and everywhere, becoming more populated each month I'm guessing, because it got worse and worse, almost by the day.
Parallel to this I had a pap that came back abnormal level 3 precancerous cells on my cervix. What the..? was my body planning a revolt? Believe it or not I was more troubled by the endo, because the pain was always lingering and it was the only thing I could think about. I had a 'thorough' biopsy done and I'm happy to say it came back normal. Would you beleive my doctor 'still' wants to cut out half my cervix, 'just in case'. I said no. He also wants me to get an IUD for my endo pain, I said no, and he made fun of me for using progesterone cream. It's my body, so my choice. I will get another biopsy in september, just to be safe. But I see no reason to cut out a part of my body that shows no trouble under a microscope. And I don't want a foreign chemical object in my uterus for 5 years. Sorry, it's not me.
I do believe we all have more control over our health than we think, and sometimes it feels like it's not working, and we're alone in our suffering. But I'm so glad this website exists, and this product exists, so women have a place to go when doctor's cover their ears and go 'la-la-la...here, take this instead.' It was this website and the women who posted their stories that I would go to in my darkest moments, and sometimes they were really dark.
This is really long sorry. I have more to tell, a curiosity, and a perhaps a coincidence in my healing journey, but perhaps I'll save it for when I've gathered more info.
I armed myself with information so I could understand my body. When I told my doctor I've been doing a lot of reading, he rolled his head back with an audible sigh and a 'silly woman' look on his face. Some doctors don't really like it when you know stuff and challenge them. That's okay. They can know that we are partners in our healing with them, not their followers. I recommend educating yourself. Read as much as you can stomach. Take what suits you and leave the rest. Lean on others when you need it.
Thank you to all of you who learn and share and support. It's lovely!
Sincerely, Aisha ....still want to know about my period cycle though...thanks!!!