ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR NATUROPATH FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS AND ADVICE. IF YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS OR NEED TO DISCUSS COUNTER-INDICATIONS WITH MEDICATIONS, SPEAK WITH YOUR NATUROPATH AND A TRUSTED GP. ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS TO EQUIP YOU WITH INFORMATION TO HELP YOU BE PRO-ACTIVE ABOUT YOUR OWN HEALING AND BE PREPARED WITH POST OP CARE. IT IS NOT PROFESSIONAL ADVICE, EVERYTHING MENTIONED IS A SUGGESTION AND IS WHAT WORKED FOR ME. I WORKED OUT A HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN WITH MY NATUROPATH.
As you may know by now, I was going to do a one minute video on this topic, but the information that you need for this kind of care simply doesn't fit into a one minute video and it is nicer to have reference point that you can refer back to as many times as you need to get the info that you want at any time. Feel free to share the link with anyone you think may be able to use this kind of guidance.
There are several areas we need to cover. I will put all of the info you need into their categories, so you don't have to string it together yourself.
There are several areas we need to look at and they all blend into each other and cross over, because they're all closely related and connected to each other.Pain Relief and Lowering Inflammation
It's important to take whatever the doctor gives you. If you are allergic to anything that you are prescribed, you need to discuss alternatives with your doctor as soon as possible.
When you come home from the hospital, you will no longer be on morphine, which is what they use to keep you as pain free as possible straight out of surgery. Coming off morphine is difficult, so do whatever it takes to help you with the panic attacks that you might get when you're no longer on it.Pain Relief:
As mentioned above take what the doctor gives you. There's no other way to get around this one. There are some good alternatives at the healthfood store, but the herbs take a while to work.Lowering Inflammation:
Lowering inflammation is an easier think to tackle, although this will take time to do, it's a good idea to start working on this, while you take the pain meds, as it will help support the process of healing and pain relief.Things to take:
Mental Health: Coming off morphine is tough. You might be fine, but the usual response to coming off morphine is panic attacks, sleepless nights and irritability. I recommend going for walks as soon as you are able. Try not to spend too much time lying down. Beds sores are nasty to have to deal with too. (I used Rebound, which is a cream I bought from Neways. I put that on a bed sore that I got and on my scar later on to help it heal quicker - Mat is a distributer for that if you want to buy some).Things to Take:
- Vitamin C: It's best to take it with your juice in the morning. I used Melrose Vitamin C - Calcium Ascorbate. It's in powder form and has the instructions on the packet. This will help cleanse out the toxins that will have built up in your body that were administered to you during surgery. It's non-acidic, which is important to note, because anything that is acidic is going to inflame your organs which is the opposite of what you want to do.
- Anti-Inflammatory juicing: There are loads of recipes on the net. Juicing can be your best friend at this time, since you might not have an appatite after surgery. The juice can supply you with some nutrients that you might be missing out on and will definitely help you with one of the other problems with your body, that I will mention at the end. (If you don't have your own juicing machine at home, I recommend borrowing one for at least a month).
- Turmeric: If you can find this in liquid form, you will benefit from it much more, or else get something administered by a naturopath like Bio-ceuticals or Fussion Health - which is a Chinese herbal distributer, both available at most health food stores.
- Serotonin: In the Naturopathic world this is called SAMe 200 or 400. They are two different strengths. Discuss with a naturopath, as to which dosage you should take. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that makes us happy and relaxed. It is also said to help with wound healing. Caution: If you are already on Anti-depressants, don't take this. All of these suggestions are for people who only use natural remedies to heal. If you are on any medications prescribed by a Bio-medicine doctor (your GP), you need to consult a naturopath about it all).
- Homeopathic Melatonin: I found that the BIOGLAN brand of this from Chemish Warehouse worked a treat. Melatonin is the sleep hormone. This is the homeopathic version administered to the body via chewable tablets. It's very inexpensive and could help you find some peace while trying to get to sleep at night. The dosage for day time and night time use is on the bottle.
- Meditation: I use a soothing meditation track (mp3) that I downloaded off the net. It's important to download something that either gives instructions on how to meditate or just allows you to sit still a few moments a day or at least once a day. It will help you calm down, heal faster and set you up for some deep sleep in the evening. (Again getting a bit of a walk during the day is also going to help you get a bit of sleep during the night.
This part of the process is challenging. You just wish the healing could finish already, but you have to let it take it's course. I'll also say that I found that I didn't need to take the Serotonin for more than one bottle's worth. When I got physically stronger, my mental health started to get better. If you are still experiencing mental health issues, seek advice from your psychiatrist, counsellor or GP.Skin Repair and Wound Healing:
A quick note on nausea: Ginger in powder or liquid form is the best. Always use organic. Also I ended up finding out by accident that Cacao nibs or beans were/was really good for nausea. My only explanation for the cacao working is the amount of B vitamins that are supposed to be present in the beans. Drinking peppermint tea and burning peppermint oil can help too.Getting the Bowels Moving:You're welcome to go right ahead and use laxatives, but I preferred something a little gentler on my intestines. I drank a lot of water and only consumed herbal teas everyday. My tea leaves of choice were: Ginger, Lemon Balm and Peppermint.
- Tienchi Ginseng: This is a particular type of Ginseng that helps wound healing by decreasing bleeding, it also reduces swelling and bruising.
- Magnesium: Is necessary for assisting with skin repair and also just happens to help with alkalising the body.
- Zinc: David Wolfe says: "Zinc promotes cell division, cell repair, cell growth and the production of white blood cells. This mineral is essential for cleansing the liver, repairing tissue and oxygenating the body." (Internet Reference: http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/eating-for-beauty
I also found that peppermint tabelts from the chemist helped with wind and bowel movements.
I used Vitamin C
as mentioned above. When I used the powder, I made up a very high dose of it - it basically cleaned out my whole system very quickly. It was a bit brutal, but sometimes it can get to the stage where you're in a bit of pain, so you need that extra bit of help. Ask a naturopath for dosages on that.
Another really good herb to take in tea form is Senna.
It is the key ingredients of most laxatives, but on it's own as a tea it can be quite gentle while still getting the job done. This is usually available from most health food stores and is very inexpensive. When I buy leaves like this I use one of my plungers, which is designated for tea only and have a pot of it during my morning or afternoon.Last Note: Post Surgery Pads:This is for post surgery bleeding from your internal wound. If you have any left over, send them to my friends at:
Melbourne Period Project: http://www.melbourneperiodproject.org.au/
Note: Another thing that can flare up after having your uterus removed is Hypothyroidism. In my next post I will talk about how I overcame the issues that came up with this.REMEMBER ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR NATUROPATH FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS AND ADVICE. IF YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS OR NEED TO DISCUSS COUNTER-INDICATIONS WITH MEDICATIONS, SPEAK WITH YOUR NATUROPATH AND A TRUSTED GP.
ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS TO EQUIP YOU WITH INFORMATION TO HELP YOU BE PRO-ACTIVE ABOUT YOUR OWN HEALING AND BE PREPARED WITH POST OP CARE. IT IS NOT PROFESSIONAL ADVICE, EVERYTHING MENTIONED IS A SUGGESTION AND WHAT WORKED FOR ME. I WORKED OUT A HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN WITH MY NATUROPATH.