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Endometriosis After Hysterectomy Are Relapses Common?

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 19th, 2007

Experiencing endometriosis after hysterectomy is a likely possibility, and is why treatments such as mirena may still be needed.  This may come as a surprise to you, especially if you have been under the impression that a total hysterectomy (removal of the entire uterus, ovaries, and part or the entire cervix) can provide relief from the painful symptoms caused by endometriosis. 

Although it does sound logical that the removal of the organs infected by endometriosis would put a stop to the disease, this, unfortunately, is not the reality for a number of women.  In fact it is estimated that 10-15 percent of women with endometriosis, who undergo a hysterectomy, experience an endometriosis recurrence after 1 – 3 years following the procedure, and as many as 50 percent have a recurrence after 5 years.

How can the return of endometriosis after hysterectomy be possible?  First and foremost, there is no cure for endometriosis.  Secondly, it’s a known fact that implants (endometrial tissue) can be found outside of the uterus and ovaries, and can occur throughout the pelvic cavity and beyond (I.E. bowels, bladder and rectum).  Therefore, if implants occur in areas outside the uterus, a total hysterectomy will not remove all of the disease. 

That being said, there are surgeons that will attempt to remove any implants they find in other regions aside from the reproductive organs.  However, there is still a high possibility that some of the disease will be left behind, as some implants are microscopic and can go undetected.

Another problem that can cause endometriosis after hysterectomy is hormone replacement therapy.  If a woman undergoes a total hysterectomy, she has lost her ovaries, and is, therefore, in full blown menopause.  Although menopause can be beneficial in relieving endometriosis symptoms, because it stops the production of estrogen (the hormone that feeds the disease), the female body requires a certain level of estrogen in order to function properly. 

In other words, while endometriosis may no longer be a problem, unpleasant menopause symptoms due to lack of estrogen (I.E. hot flashes, headaches, vaginal dryness, bone loss, etc.) will be.   Hence, women who have undergone a total hysterectomy, and do not take hormone replacement therapy, may find relief from their endometriosis but not their menopausal symptoms, or vice versa.  These women often find themselves in a no win situation.

Are their ways to treat endometriosis after hysterectomy?  Yes.  The following are some treatment methods you may want to consider -

- Control your diet – Find out what foods you should avoid that can trigger endometriosis symptoms or make them worse.
- Medical therapies – There are different remedies such as oral contraceptives, and the drugs Progestin and Danazol, which help to prevent the growth of endometrial tissue.  You may also consider taking over-the-counter medication such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – I.E. aspirin, ibuprofen) to help alleviate painful symptoms.
- Alternative remedies – non-drug therapies that may be useful include acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, hypnosis, messages, herbal remedies, etc.

Essentially, when it comes to treatment, the best course of action you can take is to talk to your doctor about your options to find out which ones are right for you.

Finally, if you have endometriosis or know someone who does, and are thinking about having a total or partial hysterectomy, it is imperative that you explore other treatment options first.  The chance of a recurrence of endometriosis after hysterectomy is high enough that it shouldn’t be ignored.  There is no reason to put your body through the stress of such extreme surgery, when there are other options available to you.
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Create a Personal Candida Cook Book and Food Journal

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 8th, 2007

A candida cook book is a good idea for anyone who suffers from, or is prone to candida overgrowth. It is important that a candida sufferer takes every necessary precaution to avoid developing a fungal infection (Candidiasis) in their intestinal tract, mouth, skin, and genitals. The best way to control a Candida overgrowth is to follow a specific diet that does not encourage the development of bad gut bacteria or yeast.

However, before a candida cook book is started, you first need to create a food journal and carefully analyze your diet and find out which foods trigger candidasis, and those that done. You can then create an anti-candida diet based on your findings.

There are many foods that can cause an overgrowth in candida such as:
- Sugar in all it’s forms (refined, artificial, natural)
- Yeast food products – bread, pizza dough, breadcrumbs
- Refined grains – foods that are made with white flower (I.E. pasta, bread, cereal
- Smoked and cured food products - processed meat, bacon, sausage, etc.
- Beverages – Caffeinated coffee, tea, soda, beer, liquor, wine etc.
- Fermented food products – pickles, vinegar, soy sauce, etc.
- Dairy products – cheeses, cream, cows milk, etc.
- Peanut and peanut products
- And so on

Knowing what foods are considered safe to eat is just as important as knowing what to eliminate when creating a candida cook book. This is because, you need to know what food you can use to make healthy recipes you can enjoy and are fungal-free. Below is a brief list of foods most candida suffers can eat –
- Herbs and mild spices such as garlic
- Fresh vegetables – onions, carrots, cucumber, etc.
- Legumes – peas, beans, etc.
- Dairy - Butter, cottage cheese, yogurt
- Eggs and unprocessed, organic meat
- Oats such as porridge
- Whole grain products – rice, bread, etc.
- Oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines, tuna, etc.
- Eggs
- Beverages – water, fresh fruit juice, herbal teas, fresh vegetable juice, such as pumpkin juice (Note: be careful with vegetable juices, as many of them, especially carrot contain plenty of sugar)

Keep in mind that some of the foods in the above list could aggravate candida symptoms. This is why it is imperative you create your own person food journal to determine what foods are best for you. Once you know what foods you can safely incorporate into your diet, you can begin creating you own candidia cook book by finding recipes that have “safe” ingredients.

Where can you find recipes? You can find recipes in special cooking books for candida in local and online bookstores. You can also find many recipes online by simply searching for the keyword “candida recipe”. An example of an excellent online site is Candidadiet. com.

Create a candida cook book
Once you find recipes, you’ll need somewhere to put them. You’ll find that creating your own cook book is an easy process. The following are the supplies you will need to create your own cook book include:
- 3-hole punched paper to manually record recipes
- Binder to store recipes
- 3-hole punch so you can print off recipes online and add them to your binder
- Pen/ pencil
- Dividers so you can divide your cook book into sections.

To keep your cook book organized, it’s a good idea to divide it into different recipe sections. You may find this suggestion helpful:
- Appetizers
- Salads
- Soups
- Sauces
- Main course
- Desserts
- Beverages

Finally, don’t forget that you can put your own chef abilities to the test and create your own yummy tasting recipes, and add them to your candida cook book as well.
By Jane Symms. Sign up for a free newsletter that has proven methods for tackling Candida, Candidiasis and yeast infections head-on at Eliminate Candida Naturally. On the site you’ll also find more about the different candida treatment available and information on the benefits of starting a candida cook book and journal.

5 Ways to Fight IBS Diarrhea

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 1st, 2007

Constipation can be a difficult IBS symptom to deal with, but so can diarrhea. People who suffer from diarrhea-predominant IBS experience frequent bowel movements of watery and/or loose stool. Other diarrhea-related symptoms include abdominal pain or discomfort, cramping, bloating, gas, nausea and dehydration.

The following are 5 treatment options for relieving IBS related diarrhea:

1 - Diet Control
Before resorting to medications or alternative remedies, you should always consider your diet first. Although diet changes may not entirely cure you from diarrhea, it may help reduce the frequency of attacks. Therefore, you should monitor your diet by keeping a food diary and recording the symptoms you feel after eating different foods to determine which ones cause diarrhea and which ones don’t.

For instance, avoiding/limiting foods high in refined, artificial or natural sugar can help alleviate diarrhea symptoms. This doesn’t only include chocolate, caffeine, alcohol and sweets. It also means foods containing fructose such as honey and a variety of fruits. Foods high in sugar can act like a laxative to your body, especially for an IBS sufferer who already has a sensitive stomach.

You should also ask your doctor to test you for lactose intolerance, as an inability to properly digest milk sugar can cause diarrhea.

2 – OTC Antidiarrheal Drugs
Over-the-counter (OTC) antidiarrheal medications can be effective at providing diarrhea relief when used as short-term treatment. There are two types of antidiarrheal drugs.

- Stool thickeners -these contain fruit pectin and clay which absorb toxins and bacteria in the intestine to help thicken stool (I.E. Kaopectate)
- Antispasmodic - these slow spasms that occur in the intestine (I.E. Imodium).

Although, antidiarrheals are usually effective, they may not help other symptoms such as bloating or abdominal discomfort. Furthermore, prolonged use of antidiarrheals can result in dry mouth, constipation, and other symptoms.

Consult your doctor about OTC antidiarrheal meds for IBS treatment before taking anything. In addition, you shouldn’t resort to antidiarrheals until at least 24 hours after experiencing diarrhea, as you don’t want to stop your body from expelling toxins in the event your diarrhea is a result of bacteria such as food poisoning.

3 – Prescription Medications
Low doses of tricyclic antidepressants are commonly prescribed to IBS patients for abdominal pain. These meds effectively block pain signals to the brain and don’t cause diarrhea. However, they can cause other symptoms including constipation.

Another medication that may be prescribed is Lotronex. This particular drug is designed to block the effect serotonin (chemical produced by the body) has on digestive system, and in so doing, soothes the colon and slows bowl movement frequency. Lotronex has been found to be successful at alleviating IBS symptoms including diarrhea, stomach discomfort and urgency.

Note: Lotronex has only been approved for women who suffer from severe cases of diarrhea-predominant IBS ad have not responded to previous treatment methods.

4 – Alternative Therapy
Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, probiotics and herbal remedies can effectively reduce and alleviate diarrhea and its related symptoms in some IBS sufferers. Each of these methods is designed to assist the body in healing itself by providing it with stimulation (acupuncture), healthy gut bacteria (probiotics), or herbs. All work to aid in normal digestion.

If you are interested in learning about alternative treatments, talk to you health care provider first, and be sure to seek treatment from qualified practitioners.

5 – Behavioural therapy
Stress can actually trigger your IBS symptoms and make diarrhea worse, by causing your stomach to tense, leading to cramping and overall stomach upset. You can help reduce the regular stress in your life, and the stress you feel towards your IBS condition by engaging in:
- Meditation exercises (I.E. Yoga)
- Relaxation therapy
- Hypnotherapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy

It’s also a good idea to distract yourself by taking part in regular activities you enjoy.

By Susan Reynolds. Sign up for a free newsletter that has proven methods for managing IBS naturally at Irritable Bowel Syndrome Relief Secrets. On the site you’ll also find more information on IBS treatments and more suggestions for tackling IBS diarrhea.