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  • Only because you make me think of lungs about five times a day when I see your thread title... :P

    Crohn's, doing SCD

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    • Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
      Only because you make me think of lungs about five times a day when I see your thread title... :P

      Lol - I don't get it?!
      "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

      In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

      - Ray Peat

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      • The human right lung is divided into three lobes (as opposed to two lobes on the left), superior, middle, and inferior, by two interlobular fissures
        Human right lung - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
        I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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        • Originally posted by badgergirl View Post
          The human right lung is divided into three lobes (as opposed to two lobes on the left), superior, middle, and inferior, by two interlobular fissures
          Human right lung - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
          Ahhhhh.

          Speaking of lungs and ears.... (kinda).

          "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

          In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

          - Ray Peat

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          • So I went to see an endo yesterday. As I knew, my cortisol and oestrogen are high, but she told me that my progesterone is also very low. So, oestrogen dominance is the diagnosis. She's also a gyni, and did a scan of my womb. The scan of my womb revealed that, even though I am menstruating frequently, no ovulation is occurring. Which means no possibility of pregnancy.

            This isn't as devastating to me as it would be to another woman because I'm pretty sure I don't want kids, but irrespective I feel confident that the prog supp will sort it out (just in case by some miracle I do become broody).

            In fact, discovering this is massively positive, because "oestrogen dominance" actually explains most of my other issues!

            - Low progesterone can cause problems with ovulation. Meanwhile, excess estrogen can cause frequent periods.

            - Imbalances of oestrogen, progesterone, and cortisol are linked to low thyroid.

            - From my bloods it's clear that I have no nutritional deficiencies, so why do I feel like I'm going to collapse if I don't fulfill very specific cravings? Excess oestrogen can be responsible for cravings, water retention and weight gain. So I'm even hoping that balancing my hormones will help me lose weight.

            - Other things:
            Hair Loss (though this is better)
            Acne (has come back)
            Anxiety
            Angry or Emotional Outbursts & Mood swings
            Abdominal Gas & Bloating
            Constipation
            Low Energy (Fatigue)
            Sleep Problems Such as Insomnia
            Water Retention
            High Cholesterol

            I'm being put on a three month course of progesterone to see what happens.

            As well as taking the meds, I'm going to take some supplements: B6, Zinc, and Mg. I might try acupuncture as well. If any one has any other suggestions that would be great! I actually read before that yoga increases oestrogen - maybe there's a kind of exercise that increases progesterone?

            I have a theory about how this happened, but I'll save it for another day as it's a little deep.
            "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

            In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

            - Ray Peat

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            • That is excellent that you got it sorted out! Estrogen dominance seems to be linked to lots of bad shit, hopefully the progesterone will take care of that quickly. Im sure you will see a number of good signs from raising your thyroid to temperature control (flushing) to fat loss.

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              • Wow, on one hand that's a lot to deal with, but you must feel so relieved to have a Dx and know how you're going to proceed with taking care of it.
                Is it weird in here, or is it just me?

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                • Originally posted by Zach View Post
                  That is excellent that you got it sorted out! Estrogen dominance seems to be linked to lots of bad shit, hopefully the progesterone will take care of that quickly. Im sure you will see a number of good signs from raising your thyroid to temperature control (flushing) to fat loss.
                  Originally posted by ombat View Post
                  Wow, on one hand that's a lot to deal with, but you must feel so relieved to have a Dx and know how you're going to proceed with taking care of it.
                  Thanks guys I can't believe I forgot the flushing! Yeah, that's 100% a symptom of oestrogen excess.

                  I was saying to Ombat that whenever I've stumbled upon something that I thought would explain my symptoms in the past I would really really hyper and excited, whereas now I feel... peace. This feels like the right diagnosis, and I'm so happy now that I can productively work towards something.
                  "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                  In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                  - Ray Peat

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                  • Originally posted by Cierra
                    I've read that keeping stress levels down can help to increase progesterone levels. My mother said she tried to get pregnant with me for nearly 7 years, but had a stressful job. She didn't realize that this was the cause of her infertility, and tried a lot of things, until one day she quit her job abruptly due to issues with her boss. Less than two months later, she got pregnant because of the stress relief! I think that's a pretty significant thing that shouldn't be ignored.
                    Acupuncture did help me whenever I got a few sessions of it over a year ago, maybe two years now. It put me in a "ha-ha" funny mood for hours after I'd have it done, lol.
                    I feel that any kind of exercise that makes you personally feel relaxed and relieved, and gives you that happy adrenaline rush when you're finished, would be beneficial for progesterone increase.

                    Other things that may help increase your progesterone: 1. Consuming: turmeric, thyme, oregano, walnuts, red raspberry (herb) and chasteberry (herb)
                    2. spending time with people you love can encourage your body to increase progesterone. Bonding with parents, hanging out with close friends, having intimate time with a partner you love, or even playing with your dog/cat/lizard (whatever) can increase the sensation of feeling safe in your surroundings. This would possibly let your body know that this is a safe place to have a baby, thus making progesterone levels increase.

                    I am also not very well versed on the topic, but Progesterone is very closely linked with cortisol, or so I've read. Maybe doing some research into this topic would shed light on your issues, but I'm not comfortable with giving you direct advice on this since I haven't read too much about it!
                    THANK YOU!!! Those are great suggestions. I normally feel negative after exercise, so I need to find an amount / style that brings on that positive endorphin rush.

                    You're definitely on to something about intimacy. I actually think that the reason all this started to go haywire was because of a lot of negative sexual experiences Now I just need to find a few nice men to have sex with , ha
                    Last edited by YogaBare; 05-12-2013, 04:06 AM.
                    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                    - Ray Peat

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                    • I found that really backing off on exercise -- doing a lot of gentle stuff -- was the way to go.

                      Also, yoga teachers work a lot like shift workers -- which means that our sleeping and eating rhythms are off -- which means high cortisol. it's really helpful to find a balance that works for you.

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                      • Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                        I found that really backing off on exercise -- doing a lot of gentle stuff -- was the way to go.

                        Also, yoga teachers work a lot like shift workers -- which means that our sleeping and eating rhythms are off -- which means high cortisol. it's really helpful to find a balance that works for you.
                        You know, I actually read that Yoga increases oestrogen! I can't remember where... might have been Ray Peat. At any rate, most of my exercise is gentle, and I rarely push myself. I'm thinking that maybe I need to....
                        "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                        In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                        - Ray Peat

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                        • FTF
                          Entry Thirteen


                          I haven't written in a few days cos' a lot has been going on. Poland was emotional for me, for two reasons: health, and family.

                          I've posted the stuff about being diagnosed with Oestrogen dominance. Ultimately it's very, very positive. I'm so relived that I can now work towards something, and that I can channel positive thoughts into myself with a focused goal.

                          I also realise I needed a diagnoses to stop hating and blaming myself for crashing physically, emotionally and mentally. I bet a bit of self compassion will actually help my energy a lot. Hatred is exhausting.

                          Family life was tough. Poland evokes a deep response in me because I spent a lot of my life here, with my grandparents. My grandfather died three years ago, and on this trip I really felt his absence. I miss him so much. Everything fell apart when he died. My grandmother was always reclusive, but now she never leaves the apartment and is a full blown alcoholic, and each time I return she is a little worse.

                          It was hard to see her like that, and she's killing my mother: constantly guilt tripping her, forcing her to travel over and back once a month and spend a week with her. My mum is consulting with two neo-surgens today, about the tumour on her spine.

                          Of course, I turned to food. I didn't binge, but I was definitely comfort eating, and by the end of the four days had started to treat food like a weapon again. I actually was about to plan a binge: I was in the supermarket and picked up some binge food, rationalising that I would eat it gradually, but then I realised what I was doing and I put it down.

                          I also found myself drinking a lot more than usual ("a lot" for me is that I drank 1-3 glasses of wine three days in a row!)

                          I went off the deep end with body hate, and convinced myself that I'd gained about 6lbs. Came back and my measurements were the exact same.

                          Makes me realise how tenacious recovery is, and how easy to relapse. One day I hope I'll be able to go through stress without needing food as a crutch.

                          Summary of the last week:

                          Sleep:
                          was pretty good.

                          Food / Hunger / Cravings:
                          I felt so fat and bloated after Poland that I did a very low calorie day yesterday. First time I've done that in about 3 months. I ate three bananas and an orange. I was going to leave it at that, but then I went for wine (again!) with a friend, and she wanted to get dinner, so I ordered soup and... bread!!! I was actually glad I could eat it without guilt.

                          Fitness:
                          Didn't do anything in Poland. Taught a three hour yoga workshop yesterday, and cycled for about 40 mins.

                          Energy and mood:
                          Was really tired in Poland and was even napping every day.

                          Supps:
                          I'm going to start taking them religiously to help with progesterone. Zinc, Mg, B6, and keep taking the milk thistle.

                          Final thoughts:
                          Taking a break from the journal made me realise the extent that it's been another limb in my recovery. It's so amazing to have a framework to express thoughts and get feedback. Once again, thank you all - so much - for your support and love.




                          In other news: I got new shoes

                          Last edited by YogaBare; 05-13-2013, 02:41 AM.
                          "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                          In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                          - Ray Peat

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                          • Hey YB--glad that you got a diagnosis. Now you can focus on getting better!

                            My journal

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                            • Originally posted by serenity View Post
                              Hey YB--glad that you got a diagnosis. Now you can focus on getting better!
                              Thanks Serenity Yeah, it's definitely a positive thing. I'm a bit bowled over by how I dicked around for years with symptoms, and then all I needed was a full hormone panel and a visit to an endo.. turned out it's text book! It's about the journey though, right?

                              Any success on your weight loss yet?
                              "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                              In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                              - Ray Peat

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                              • I'm sorry about all the family troubles. It's difficult to see a family member suffer by creating hardships both for herself and others by extension. But yes, such good news on the diagnosis and not blaming yourself unnecessarily anymore. And even better news about the self awareness in terms of bingeing / self-medicating with crap food. Seems like you've broken a cycle.

                                Cute shoes! I also just got (well, borrowed) silver shoes - for my step sis's wedding. But they are very tall. And also shiny. Most important that they're shiny.

                                Is that a vagina?
                                Is it weird in here, or is it just me?

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