No sugar, no grains, no coffee, no peanuts… the list goes on and on. I was on an elimination diet, with the main goal of reducing inflammation in my body, and in turn, reducing my PMDD symptoms. I had already decided to tackle a vegan diet, and eliminated meat and dairy, so reducing my consumption of other products was just another step in my hopes of recovery from this disorder.
There are a lot of elimination diets. They stretch from the extreme of only eating one or two of certain foods (like rice or potatoes) to all juice diets (like the one demonstrated in the documentary “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead“), to a more comprehensive diet, like the one I was put on. As far as elimination diets go, mine wasn’t that bad. I focused on what I COULD eat. For breakfast I would have green tea and a garbanzo bean flour savory pancake. A typical lunch would be a Southwestern Kale Salad, with avocado, black beans and salsa. Dinner often consisted of a variety of vegetable soups. I was allowed one small fruit every day, and I would indulge in a banana, apple or grapes for dessert.
The results? I noticed that whenever I cheated (because of course I cheated!) I would get a headache, especially if I ate something with sugar. Bananas, my favorite fruit, would make me light-headed and dizzy if I ate them in the morning. On a positive note, I lost 10 pounds in the 6-week time period that I was on the diet. However, my PMDD symptoms did not go away.
I returned to see Dr. Vazquez, and this time he suggested that we try Dr. Lolas’ method of reducing cervical inflammation with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. This is what I was waiting for! I had seen so many testimonials of women that had significant reductions in their symptoms with this treatment, and I wanted it for myself!
Dr. Vazquez first did a biopsy of my cervix, to check for bacteria or anything else that could cause the inflammation. The lab results only showed an increase in white blood cell count, which proved that the cervix was inflamed. Using the diagnosis of cervicitis, we began treatment the next week.
For what it’s worth, here is a list of my main PMDD symptoms:
- Anxiety. I would literally shake for days on end, even when I wasn’t particularly afraid of anything.
- Tremors. Horrible anxiety induced tremors, particularly in my right arm. My arm would shake so violently that my shoulder would hurt for days.
- Depression. When I wasn’t shaking from anxiety, I couldn’t get out of bed, I couldn’t stop crying, I wouldn’t take care of myself.
- Irritability. Everything made me mad. And then I would throw and break things. Like the light switch.
- Easily overwhelmed. Just the thought of tackling a project would cause me overwhelming anxiety.
- Brain fog. When I wasn’t overwhelmed, I couldn’t think well enough to do anything. So I watched a lot of Netflix, and ate. A lot.
- Fatigue. I was so tired all of the time that I could barely work.
- Headaches. I felt like a vice was constantly gripping my head.
- Nausea. I never could understand why I would get so nauseous.
- Vaginal smell. Sorry, this one is gross. I sit cross-legged a lot, and the smell was awful.
- Running away. I’m not sure how to classify this symptom, but I just wanted to run away from my problems. When I would have an argument with my husband, I would literally run away. One time in high heels, in a dangerous part of the city. I ran like my life depended upon it. Really, I put myself in danger, and it took me awhile to realize that. Thankfully my husband found me and picked me up.
All of that is behind me now, at least 95% of it. My next post, I’m going to show you my cervix, and tell you all about the Lolas Treatment!