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Fibroids are impacting my life!

Living with fibroids

Did you know about 80% of African American women will develop fibroids? Living with the pain of fibroids isn't normally the topic of your girls night out.  Why are we suffering in silence and what can we do to ease the pain . . .

I normally wake up about 5 AM every day. When I get up, I piddle around the house as the old folks say, watch the sunrise, watch TV, vacuum, clean my closet, get on Instagram, pray, you name it - - my mornings are special to me.

Recently, I get up about 3 AM, then 4 AM, then 5 AM - - because I'm in a lot of pain due to my uterine fibroids. Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus, most are non-cancerous and some women have no pain. I'm not one of the lucky women, because I'm in a LOT of pain. I wake up in constant pain and it drains my energy and I'm normally tired by 6 PM (I've actually fallen asleep about 6:30 PM).

My fibroids are not large (trust me, I asked the doctor - - assumed that's why I have my #littlegut), however, the location of my fibroid is what's causing me pain in my back. I have to brace myself and say a prayer before I stand if I've been sitting for an extended period of time.

The good news is I can have surgery, the bad news is due to the recent COVID outbreak, I can't have surgery yet. The doctor said there's not an over-the-counter or prescription drug to help reduce the pain. After that conversation (as I sit and wait for surgery), I decided to do a little research of my own.

Some lifestyle changes that I found and will now try at home include:

1) EXERCISE: Let me be the first to say, I do NOT like to exercise however I have committed to walking in the morning or as the sun is going down for 20-30 minutes in my neighborhood.

2) YOGA: I read an article that talks about how stretching can relieve stress. My body feels tense all day because I'm in so much pain. I have the Nike training app for a while and never used it until now. It has yoga and smoothie inspiration to help me stay motivated. Follow me on IG @myKavaBoutique to see my progress.

3) DIET: I'm a soda and chips kinda gal. I decided to throw away ALL of the snacks I have in my house and I'm starting over with healthier alternatives to a better lifestyle change - - baby steps. Follow me on IG @myKavaBoutique to see what works and what didn't work.

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