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I'm sharing my story incase it can help someone else. I have several large fibroids that interfere with my bowels and cause me pain and gas pain as well as flooding during my periods. My doctor recommended a hysterectomy, but at this point I am not willing to make it my first option.
I have been on two rounds of Fibristal. I've done really well while on the medication, but when I stop my symptoms come back like I've ran into a wall. However I have found something that makes me feel better than being on Fibristal. So I thought I would share incase this can help others. I've discovered that if I can eat 3-4 apples a day the pain and complications that I get from my fibroids interfering with my bowel nearly disappear. I can actually tell that either my fibroids are shrinking, AND/OR there is less inflammation, AND/OR my bowels are just performing better. How can I tell this? It's odd, but I can tell by how well I can pass gas. The fibroids were putting pressure on my bowels causing me to have a lot of gas pain, because I could not pass gas easily as well when I continue to eat the apples sex is not painful. I did notice that when I went on my first round of Fibristal by the end of the first round I was passing gas with ease and sex was not as painful. When I went off Fibristal the gas pains came back as well as difficulty having sex. After my second round of Fibristal, my diet had significantly changed due to realizing that I have a sulfite sensitivity, which has now extremely limited my diet, which may help my symptoms as well, but what I do know for sure there is a direct relation to me eating several apples a day and my fibroid symptoms greatly subsiding. I actually feel better than what I felt like on Fibristal, plus I don't have the side effects of the medication, just the added benefits of all the fiber that I am passing through my bowels.
I try to eat 4 apples a day. It's not always easy and it's a good thing I like apples. Some days I forget and don't eat any, but I can tell that I start to not feel as well and then I will get back to eating the apples. I don't know if it matters what kind of apples, but I've been strictly eating Gala apples because those are the ones that I like the best. I told my male co-worker "I like them the best because they stay hard longer." I should have said "crunchy longer". You can imagine his response.
I'm not advocating this over medial attention. I don't think eating apples will cure my fibroids or completely solve my medical issue. I am on a waiting list for to see a doctor regarding MRI guided focused ultrasound. If I am not a candidate for that procedure I will most likely have to have a hysterectomy. Until then I have found that eating many apples a day have greatly reduced my symptoms and wanted to share.
I did google the connection and got this result..."High fiber diets might decrease your body's exposure to estrogen, a female hormone associated with fibroid growth, according to the book “100 Questions and Answers About Uterine Fibroids,” by Dr. Lloyd Greig. Fiber helps move and absorb estrogen out of your body. Examples of fiber-rich foods include black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, apples, oranges, blueberries, raspberries, blueberries, cucumbers, Brussels sprouts and onions. Whole grains, nuts and seeds also contain substantial amounts of fiber."
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