Published: 09/21/2015 - Updated: 09/21/2015
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Myomas are formations in the wall of the uterus, and are also known as fibroids. They are generally considered to be benign tumors, and they can be small in size (less than one centimeter) or larger. They can even reach the size of an orange or even a cantaloupe. Myomas are caused by too much estrogen in the uterus, which can occur in women after a certain age, or by taking hormones, or when a woman does not have children.
Symptoms of myomas could include:
- Pelvic pain
- Pain or discomfort in the legs
- Heavy menstrual flow
- If large, they could cause pain while going to the bathroom
- Swelling in the abdomen.
There are several ways to avoid myomas before needing an operation or intrusive methods. This could include a strict cleansing diet, at which time you would eat only pineapple for two or three days, taking some herbs like evening primrose oil which if effective at regulating women’s hormones. You also need to work on your emotions. Excess stress, for example, which causes certain emotions like excessive worry, wanting to organize or clean the house, work, etc., could influence the appearance of myomas, because the body responds actively to what we feel.
Operations on myomas
Whenever the myomas grow too large, however, operating is an alternative for some women. There are two types of surgery which are frequently suggested for myomas.
A hysterectomy consists of extracting the uterus by surgical means. This operation could permanently cure uterine fibriods. There are two ways of extracting the uterus for this surgery: through the vagina, or through the abdomen. It is important that for both surgeries, you give yourself at least 4 weeks of rest. If you have undergone the abdominal surgery, however, you should rest at least 40 days. Rest consists of not making any efforts, not climbing stairs, not lifting heavy objects or using your abdomen. You should walk as much as you can, however.
This is another operation for myomas, which consists of removing or scraping out the fibroids or the myomas, while not removing the uterus. This operation is performed through an abdominal incision. This surgery is recommended for women that still want to have babies. In this case, you should rest for four weeks. If you underwent a vaginal extraction, however, you can reduce this rest time to three weeks.
In both cases, you should follow a bland diet, avoid irritants and for the moment, it’s best not to eat red meats. These take a long time to digest, and the intestines should not work too hard at this time. You should also avoid refined pastries, refined sugar, and fats, along with any form of cow’s milk. These things are terrible for recovery (and even afterwards). They create dense balls in your stomach that are difficult to digest. All of these foods cause more solid and hard bowels, and for the moment, you should really avoid solid bowel movements.
What you should eat:
BEFORE BREAKFAST: drink a bold tea to help the liver cleanse substances and toxins from the body. Drink your bold tea with lemon juice squeezed into it.
BREAKFAST: fruit, papaya is wonderful, add raw oats to it and a few pieces of walnuts and almonds with amaranth. This will make a fantastic breakfast.
MID-MORNING: drink fresh vegetable smoothies, carrots are wonderful for healing the body. If you combine it with alfalfa or aloe, this will create a more powerful medicine for the body.
LUNCH: vegetable soups, lentils, steamed vegetables, etc. Also, fish with steamed vegetables or fresh salads with panela cheese.
DINNER: drink almond milk or make oats with rice milk. Or you could make a vegetarian sandwich, or two tortillas made with vegetables and cheese.
DRINK WATER: you should drink at least two liters of fresh water a day, which will aid your cellular reparation.
Try to eat a raw, soft clove of garlic every three days. Garlic is a wonderful natural antibiotic, and it will also help reduce inflammation and aid healing. Other healing and inflammation-reducing foods include: raw papaya, dates, pineapple, oranges, aloe, chia seeds, linseed, prickly pear, alfalfa, guava and almonds.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 09/21/2015
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