Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Our 1st visit with the napro technology doctor on 8/1

Sorry, it's taken me so long to post, but there was so much information to digest from our 1st visit with the new doctor. My apologies to our visitors. Please forgive me?

So here's what happened on Aug. 1st when Ed and I visited the new napro technology doctor. Our visit with him went very well. The doctor was very kind. He took time to sit down with us and patiently explain everything to us. Before my visit I wrote out a list of questions and this doctor sat down with a pen and wrote out the answers to my questions for me. Wow, 1) I never had a doctor sit down with me and take a couple of hours to talk with me, and explain everything to me or 2) Sit down, read my list of questions and write the answers out for me.

This new doctor basically explained that endometriosis is basically an auto immune disease. He told me that my t-cells aren't telling the macrophages what to do (The way I described it to my Mom is that the t-cells are the police offices, but my t-cells are not doing any enforcing. Instead my t-cells are acting like they are on break at the local "Dunkin Donuts" and letting the macrophages go wild in the mean time!). To help kick the t-cells into action to do the job they are supposed to do, this new doctor prescribed for me a new medicine called "Naltrexone" (They actually call it "Low Dose Naltrexone". I am supposed to take this new medicine at night right before bedtime. I've been taking this medicine for almost a month now and hopefully it's working.

The new doctor also told me that basically the doctor who did my surgery February 2008 did not do a very good job. It is obvious that I'm still suffering from the endometriosis because my periods are still pretty painful. This new doctor told me that I probably need more surgery and recommended a specialist in endometriosis in Mass for us to go see. The new doctor warned me though that this specialist might balk at doing more surgery since I just had surgery in February. The new doctor told me we might have to talk him into it by reminding the specialist that if we were blessed with a pregnancy that I'm in danger of an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage due to the endometriosis.

This new doctor studied my eight month worth of Creighton charts and told me that even with severe endometriosis, my charts were pretty good. That made me feel pretty good. He did measure my height (four feet eleven and a half) and my weight. He recommended me to lose some weight and follow "The Fertility Diet" based on the the Nurses's Health Study. He told me that in order to feel better, cut down on the pain from the endometriosis, and increase my chances of being able to become pregnant I needed to 1) Lose weight 2) Decrease my BMI 3)Cut down on meats, dairy, pasta, and rice 3)increase my intake of fruits and vegetables 4)exercise more to increase my endorphins, which will help with the pain 5)take certain vitamins 6)Drink water. He told me no more drinking pepsi or coke or water from plastic bottles. He recommended I drink water from the tap and only drink it in glasses, not anything plastic due to the chemicals in the plastic, which can affect our hormones.

So since August 1st I haven't been drinking any more soda, I've been trying to limit my intake of meat, dairy, pasta, and rice, and increase my intake of fruit and vegetables. I think I've been doing pretty good sticking to this new doctor, but I did have a few sugary desserts when I visited my cousin last Friday. However I went right back to my new way of eating the next day. I have managed to lose about eight pounds so far. I find that I'm wheezing less from the asthma and I have more energy now, which is really nice.

The next step will be having some blood work done next cycle to see where my hormones are at and having the results sent to this new doctor. Ed also needs to be tested and his results sent to the same place. Our next appointment with this new doctor is Friday, October 3rd.

I'm really pleased with this new doctor especially that he doesn't try to prescribe me birth control pills or lupron to control the endometriosis, which I hear the secular doctors like to do. I feel like this new doctor really understood what endometriosis is, how to treat it, try to make me feel better, and deal with the infertility. I feel like we have some hope in treating this auto immune disease as well as the infertility, and maybe, just maybe (if it's God's will) we have a chance of being blessed with a child!

May I please ask for prayers that 1) I will continue to do well on this new diet 2) we will recieve a good report on both Ed and my tests next cycle 3) we will be blessed with a child (if it's God's will for us)?

Thank you so much!

May God Bless you all.

Maria

11 comments:

allyouwhohope said...

How wonderful! It really sounds like you have found a great doctor. And I can't believe he spent that much time with you and wrote out answers to your questions! That's amazing!

And congratulations on the weight loss! That is awesome. And I'm sure you'll lose even more and feel like you have even more energy in the months ahead. It's amazing how much diet can negatively affect us, and more than just our weight.

You and your husband are in my prayers. May God continue to bless you!

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

God Bless NaPro Technology Drs!! I haven't heard ANYTHING bad about ANY of them!

Your protocol sounds a lot like mine. I, too am on low dose Naltrexone, and am currently taking 4.5 mgs. And I am following the Fertility Diet at the advice of my NaPro Dr, as well.

You are in my prayers, and I hope that this will all lead to your BFP in the near future! I do believe you're on your way :)

Dawnie said...

I'm so glad your visit with your new doc went so well! It is hard to find a doctor like that, who will really take the time to explain things and answer questions! God is so good to have led you to him!

GREAT JOB on cutting out the sodas and sticking to your new diet! I am so proud of you! Keep up the good work!

I found that the increase in energy after I lost weight was the most encouraging thing about losing weight. It felt soooo good to be energetic vs. tired and lethargic throughout the day. It just helped my whole mental outlook to have that energy.

God bless!

Dawn

Anne (aussieannie) said...

That was an awesome doctor, I am so very happy for you that you have found him! Praying now that everything will be effective and that you will be blessed with a baby, God willing.

God Bless, Anne

andnotbysight said...

Wow, it sounds like a great appointment! Aren't Napro doctors awesome? Good for you for the changes you're making, and I'll be praying for you!

molly said...

Praying for you!

bobbi said...

So happy it was a positive experience! We are continuing the prayers!

Love ya, B

Vince/Steph said...

Maria,
I stumbled onto your blog and felt like I should share my similar story with you. I don't have endometreosis but I do have infertility. My issue is not producing enough estrogen to have menstral cycles at all. I've seen 5 specialists over the past several years and the third one I saw in Nov. 2006 suggested the fertility diet. I actually gained weight (I embrassed the whole milk thing a little too wholeheartedly). ;) I had been running marathons up until that point and my low weight was a concern so the weight gain wasn't a big issue. That's a little off the topic. I ate flax seeds and flax oil most days and focused a lot on healthy fats in addition to the fruits, veggies and whole fat dairy. Well, After a year on this diet and having seen two more specialists my husband and I prayerfully entered into adoption. It has been the biggest blessing in our lives! I can not tell you how much God has blessed us and how He continues to bless us through adoption. We were scared of the financail barrier at first but prayed for God to provide and He has exceeded our needs in providing for the adoption. Then in July I had my first menstral cycle in years! The fertility diet actually did work for me. It took a year and a half but it worked! So now we might be able to have a biological baby too! I don't know if you have looked into adoption but it is amazing! Gods timing is perfect and if we let Him He will bless us more than we could ever imagine. I had so many fears before we took this leap of faith into adoption but I've grown closer to Christ through this experience and am so grateful to God for how He has blessed my husband and I. I hope that the fertility diet will work for you too and will keep you in my prayers.

ann70821 said...

Maria,

I hope that all is still going well for you with your new eating plan and the exercise. I pray that this will help you and Ed conceive!

Anne (aussieannie) said...

Dear Maria, Can you email me over at my beads website? I'd like to chat further about your condition!

Beth said...

Hi Maria!
I just read your comment on my blog and came over here for the first time.

Just a few words of encouragement - I know three women at my church who all had children at the age of 46. They are all still open to life as well :)

I think you're on the right track. I've heard the fertility diet can be great.

I actually don't know which St. Anthony novena we used - my husband searched for it online - it was 9 days and a different prayer for each day. If you need help I can search for it.

Also, i read your comment on AYWH's blog and I have a suggestion about the water. We really like slicing lemon and cucumber into a pitcher of water and drinking it all day - it is so refreshing!