Thursday, January 20, 2011

Call with Dr. H

I just finished a call with Dr. H. The man is amazing.

So we have a game plan for treating my inflammation, my tiredness and to help things along in terms of hormones. He is still very positive that we can get pregnant again and also that we can have a healthy pregnancy.

Yet with all that has been happening I do not want to get my hopes to much up.

I want to be as healthy as possible and to have the peace of mind that we will be very happy either way. Biological or adoptive children or both.

In spiritual direction I told my priest that I was very torn. In part doctors were telling us that we could get pregnant again and yet my cycles were a mess and I had a miscarriage and this was happening in the middle of adoption proceedings.

He told me that I should strive for health and to be open for life as any Catholic is called to and to be also open to adoption. That we are acting in good faith and not being greedy by being open to both. My DH agrees so we need to be open to life as always and also take any medicines to make us healthier. If a pregnancy happens we will be ecstatic of course and if not we feel completly called to adoption.

Since Napro seeks to heal I am OK with all of this.

Dr. H said that with my endo, D&C´s and some signs of my chart he wants to treat me for inflammation as the main issue and possible infection.

He said that I do not have any signs of danger of repeat miscarriages and does not know what caused my miscarriage. He suspects that I have had the polyp much longer than thought and that my first D&C probably did not take it out which is normal when they are very small and doctors are not looking for them. He cannot assure it did not cause the miscarriage.

I am posting my medicines and his advice in case it helps anybody.

So:
For inflammation: Hydrocort 20 mgs (also to help with adrenal fatigue), the endo diet very, very strictly (can be also the Dr. Weil diet), Omega 3.
To help my follicle be mature and the best possible: Clomid in very small doses on CD 3,4 and 5. My follicles have not had issues in the past but he wants to make sure they are A+.
For my luteal phase: to continue with HCG
Thyroid: to continue with T3 and Syn.throid. I asked if it can be auto-inmmune and he said it would not hurt to test for thyroid antibodies in case of Hashimotos. I think I have tested in the past and it came out negative, but he said it would not hurt.
For CM: to continue with Fertile CM, Mucinex and also to add B6 100mgs twice a day (I had a horrible reaction to 500mgs which he said is highly unusual. He said I was one in a million and laughed!) I told him I was on Optivite which has B6 and he said he was Ok with it.
For possible infection: Biaxin 21 days both DH and I. This last cycle I had for the very first time in my whole life premenstrual bleeding very, very brown (i now know what women call brown bleeding!) and he wants to outrule an infection.
For my moods: to continue with Naltrexone.

My suggestions to which he said he was OK:

To include baby aspirin. he said it would not hurt so he was OK. I told him I had read extensively that people used to prevent miscarriages and he said it was OK.

I asked about Wobenzyme and he said he did not know it as well as Adren-all. He said they probably would not hurt and to take them.

Woebenzyme is digestive enzymes from Germany and they are helpful with inflammation according to Randi.ne lewis so I will go back to that. I used them for 3 months prior to conceiving. My mom took them for inflammation of the joints and her pain disappeared completly.

Adren-all are herbs to help with adrenal fatigue. I am thinking it over as I am already on so many things.

I asked him about Pain and brain and he said he had not been seeing any results. I had been prior to becoming pregnant as part of my anti inflammatory diet on : UltraInflamaX which has curcumin, rosemary extract and other things to help with inflammation.I was given this by a nutritionist specializing on adrenal fatigue who also said I had tons of inflammation and this helps tremendously. I will go on this again. http://www.metagenics.com/products/a-z-products-list/UltraInflamX

So here we go again. I just hope I can lose those more than 12 pounds, lose the inflammation and be as healthy as possible to be a mother any way God chooses.

19 comments:

  1. So interesting! It makes sense to be open to all that may come- either biological or adoption. Who knows? Maybe both!

    Can you tell me which Optivite you use? I want to buy some but then am lost figuring out which one to buy- there are different ones.

    THANKS!!! Hope things will look up soon in your cycle and energy.

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  2. Hi Sunshine! its Optivite P.M.T the one recommended in the book: fertilty, cycles and nutrition. Sold by:Optimox

    http://www.optimox.com/pics/Optivite.html

    It helps with PMS and boosts progesterone. some people swear by it. I was tired of too many vitamins and with this one I take 2 pills 3 times a day and it helps.

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  3. I am so glad that you have renewed hope! Dr. H is a hero!

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  4. Thank you so much for this info! It is very helpful! Good luck with everything! Praying for you!

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  5. Wow- what a lot of good information. I'm just curious- you said you were taking some things for inflammation. How do you know you have inflammation?

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  6. Great lineup! I am very hopeful for you :)

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  7. Hi PPinW!!!

    Dr. H said I have inflammation since most women with endo have some sort of inflammatory response. I also premenstrual bleeding and although its related normally to low progesterone he thinks in my case with 2 D&C´s in 3 months I have some sort of inflammation.

    My functional doctor (its a type of medicine) that had been guiding me in terms of nutrition when I got pregnant (and I felt my very very best in years) said that most women who have thyroid issues as well as adrenal fatigue and the symptoms of great tiredness that I have been having for while normally have an inflammatory response.

    And last I feel it, my digestion slows, I have tightness in my clothes even if I do not gain weight, etc.

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  8. Thanks for the explanation on the inflammation. I'm wondering if I have it too. That's why I asked.

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  9. So funny we're on so many of the same things! I wouldn't take Adren-All together with Hydrocort, personally. When I went on Adren-All, I had just weaned off Hydrocort, and I feel great now on the former. With Hydrocort, I felt amazing the first 2 weeks and then it wore off. I didn't want to end up having to rely on a prescription to keep my give my body what my adrenals should be learning to give it on their own. Does that make sense? Although I definately see the benefit to being on Hydrocort for many cases, such as yours. But something to consider down the line in the future.

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  10. Oh I'm so happy to hear that you feel good about all this. I know it's a lot to take on, esp the meds, but Dr. H does know what is best so keep trusting!!! HUGS

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  11. This is sooo informative...I really need to make time to look up all of this information! Thanks for posting...WOW a call with Dr. H. thats like talking to a celebrity in my opinion!!

    I am sending prayers to you!!!!

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  12. I am glad to hear your review went well. It is always great to get some new ideas and hope. I am curious about the omega-3 what dose did he recommend?

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  13. Hi Simone!
    I take 2 pills a day of Nordic Naturals Pro omega . It does not leave a fishy taste and is pharmacy grade. I was recommended this by several practitioners and Dr H agreeded the strenght was what I needed- http://www.nordicnaturals.com/en/Products/Product_Details/154/?ProdID=30

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  14. Glad things are looking up for you and that you have a game plan. Wishing you the best.

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  15. We are in EXACTLY THE SAME PLACES IN OUR TTC LIFE!!! adoption and ttc also, God will bless us one way or the other, my friend - I know it!!!

    Thanks so much for the info about your friends blog. I read it and am going to contact her if we decide to go the colombia (spelled right :) route.

    I am kinda backtracking on that country now though because if you are over 37 you are not given a baby, but a child between 2 - 5. If the process takes 2-3 years, we will be given a baby (my bday is Feb 12 and will be 36) but we will have more info after Tuesday to make the best decision for us.

    Rozando por ti y te envio muchos abrazos y besos amiga querida!!!

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  16. Amazing is RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Could you PLEASE tell me a little more about the endo anti-flammatory diet? Where can I find out more about it?

    I am forty four, been married three and a half years, and I was diagnosed with endometriosis stage four a couple of years ago. I have had two surgeries so far. My arms and heart ache to be able to become a Mama too.

    Any and all information would be so much appreciated! Thank you so much!

    You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers!

    P.S. I have a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and the rosary too!

    Maria Therese in Mass

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  18. Hi Maria Therese!

    The PPVI has just put up in their website the link to the endo diet.

    this is basically an anti-inflammatory diet which a lot of people recommend for endo. I did see an improvement in me on it, but not all people do. But its well worth a try. here is the link: http://www.endometriosis.co.uk/


    Mine was very similar and its basically: no wheat (some go as far as no gluten), no milk products (unless its youghurt, but some even say no to it) tons of fruits and veggies (mostly organic), limited meat, Omega 3 for inflammatoin or cold water fish.

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