living life yellow.
the ramblings of a 21 year old
***WARNING: going to be a TMI blogpost.***
I have had bowel problems since I was about 10 years old. This, like my endo, was categorised under "just a part of puberty," by my doctors. I never really thought much of it and just thought I had a sensitive tummy, but turns out, it's not exactly normal.
The exact words "grossly distended colon," were written in my post-op notes. My surgeon explained it to us by saying that my bowels are about twice the size they should be; this was one of the reasons that they couldn't do much in my last surgery. Not only was my bowel abnormally large, but my left ovary was also stuck to it. As I've said many times before, it's a mess down there.
Much to my dismay, it was quickly learnt, after a quick google search that the technical name for my "grossly distended colon," was a "mega-colon." Yes, a very unfortunate name, which has caused many giggles by my family. My mega-colon has been a bit of a joke for the last couple of weeks.
Aside from the jokes, I've been trying to take my bowel health a bit more seriously. I'm trying to eat more "basic" foods, such as unprocessed stuff. I have tried the FODMAP diet many times. I use it as a guideline to my meals but I find it very restrictive and with my lack of self control it's very hard to stick too. When I do completely cut out the FODMAP foods I feel great.
Recently I've gotten back on the porridge bandwagon. At the start of this year I completely fell in love with making porridge, trying different toppings and eating it for multiple meals a day. It's so easy and you can change it up with different toppings so you never get bored. I make my porridge with 1/2 a cup of oats and 1 cup of either almond or coconut milk. I then top it with; half a banana, 1 large strawberry, some frozen berries, chopped up walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and chia seeds.
Eating foods that make my tummy and bowels feel good is so beneficial for me. It helps reduce bloating a large amount. Endometriosis is an auto-immune disease so eating anti-inflammotory foods is super important. I'm hoping to go see a dietician after my next surgery to sort me out a plan.
I've talked about this before on my blog, but I'm going too again. My "stool tracker," app is honestly one of the best apps I've downloaded. I even paid to get the full version of it! It's the easiest way to track my bowel movements (doctors often ask about it) and I can track what upsets my tummy the most.
Medication wise, I take laxatives, probiotics and peppermint oil capsules to manage my uncooperative bowel. Regular exercise is also recommended. For me, I find walking and doing yoga/stretching suits my lifestyle best.
I hope this blogpost helps others out there who have what they think are "embarrassing," bowel problems alongside their endo. It's way more common than you would think!