Four Quick Fixes That Can Help With Flare-Ups
When it comes to endometriosis, let's face it, there are very few quick fixes. In fact, it is an illness that requires a lot of patience. Diagnosis takes too long and the same goes for surgery. Any form of treatment we receive, whether surgical or hormonally-based, will take a while until it shows any positive changes. Additionally, because there is currently no cure, it’s also a daily exercise in symptom management.
This "slow side" of life with a chronic disease is the one I struggle with the most. I especially get very impatient dealing with flare-ups. I can feel when one is about to hit and know that I don’t have much time to find my weapon of choice to fight the discomfort. My periods can be so bad that the lightest of cramps will send me into a panic. I can only grit my teeth and hope that whatever pain-relief method I have at hand does its magic.
Yet, there are things that as soon as I reach for them, will either ease the severity of my symptoms, or fix the issue almost right away. These are my trusty tools. If I have them nearby, I know it’s going to be OK.
For bad period cramps: A TENS machine
A TENS machine is a clever little gadget. It works with a couple of pads that you can stick to your abdomen, around the area from where the pain radiates. It works by giving gentle electric pulses, that feel weird at first, but that quickly reduce the levels of pain. Just go easy on the strength levels, or you may give yourself electrical shocks, which I've done many times and can be quite uncomfortable.
For muscular pain: Magnesium
I recently discovered magnesium and its benefits. It is a know anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxer. If my leg pains start to play up, a daily dosage of magnesium will reduce them and keep the discomfort at bay. It's important not to overdo the amounts of magnesium one takes, as it can lead to digestive trouble. Also, it is best to find a kind that the body can absorb easily, like chelated magnesium.
For hormonal migraines: CBD oil
My migraines happen very often, and CBD oil clears them up quite easily. CBD oil can help with inflammation and pain, and although derived from cannabis, it has no THC, meaning it is legal in many places. It is important to find good CBD oil, and to initially take it in its lowest concentration, working your way up if necessary. The only downside is that good quality CBD is not cheap. It also tastes quite foul.
For brain fog: Matcha tea
Brain fog is a common complaint amongst endometriosis patients. It can involve a lack of focus, confusion and tiredness. In my case, it prevents me from communicating with others, as I struggle to think and speak. Matcha is concentrated green tea. It has a taste that requires getting used to, but paired with oat milk and some honey it can be quite delicious. It also has less caffeine than coffee, so it does not produce a strong high. The release of caffeine is more gradual meaning its effects lasts longer, without the harsh come-down.
All of these are just some of the tools that, in my experience, work for me. I'm sure they won't have the same effects on everyone, since we all have different bodies, and our own coping mechanisms.
What are your go-to-tools that make you feel better, just by knowing you have them in your arsenal? Please share in the comment section below.
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