Dealing with Fibroid Symptoms
Before you start any treatment for fibroids, you will no doubt be noticing symptoms. Backaches, bloating, constipation are some telltale signs of fibroids. Here is a guide to help you deal with some and the pain and discomfort that comes from fibroids.
A Healthy, Whole Foods Diet
Believe it or not, the foods you eat can have a big impact on how you feel and your fibroid symptoms. That’s because fibroids can have an impact on your digestive system. Certain foods may promote or decrease certain hormone levels in the body. Since fibroids may stem from hormonal imbalance, it’s important to watch anything that could have an effect on your body. Check out our guide to the best and worst foods for your fibroids here.
Castor Oil Packs
Some people think castor oil packs be a cure for fibroids. We don’t agree with that. But we do think a castor oil pack or compress is a great way to deal with cramps and pain from fibroids. Over time they may help decrease inflammation in the areas that are hurting you. One study showed castor oil packs helped with constipation. This is another unfortunate side effect of fibroids.
It’s easy to make a castor oil pack. You’ll need a piece of cotton flannel about 40 inches long and 48 inches wide. Soak the cloth in castor oil, then squeeze out any excess oil. Lay down with the oil-soaked compress on your pelvic area. The best way to top this off is with a heating pad or hot water bottle. If you add the heated element- be sure to put a layer of plastic wrap between the fabric and heating device.
Exercise might be the last thing on your mind when dealing with fibroid pain. Yet, finding a way to boost exercise levels might bekey to battling fibroid symptoms. When you get your heart pumping, it sets off a chain reaction in your body. Oxygen flows to every part of the body, and even hormone levels may change.
Regular exercise can restrict the flow of excess progesterone and estrogen. These two hormones may play a large role in the appearance of fibroids. When estrogen levels are too high and progesterone too low- it could lead to fibroids. Also, BMI and weight could play a role in fibroids. It’s proven that women who are overweight are more susceptible to fibroids. All in all, exercise is a good idea to help support balance in the body. It will help you fight symptoms of and could even have an effect on the size of fibroids.
Take More Vitamin D
Many people in the US are low in vitamin D. African American women are more likely to be low in vitamin D. This puts them at higher risk for fibroids? African American women are more likely to produce less vitamin D. This is why researchers think that they are more at risk for fibroids than other groups.
Getting a test from your doctor is the first step in determining if you are low in this crucial vitamin. Along with a high quality supplement, it’s smart to also eat plenty of vitamin D rich foods.
While you decide what steps you’d like to take in the treatment of your fibroids, making some basic lifestyle changes could have a big impact on how you are feeling.