I am on 7 years of Remission from Stage 3 Uterine Cancer. I also had 3 abdominal surgeries (partial hysterectomy, full hysterectomy, and abdominal hernia repair and mesh).
I have, in these 7 years, experienced moments of food not going through my digestive track fully and end up with huge bouts of all-night vomiting and nausea. The only way I can stop these bouts is going to ER and getting Nausea and Pain meds via IV. It is awful!
After several years, I finally came to understand about Radiation Enteritis (my doctors all pointed these issues towards bowel obstruction, which is never the case because I have bowel movements and can tolerate food after 24 hours).
As far as my diet, I took a Food Sensitivity Test and found many foods I can't have and have since taken them out of my diet.
I am SO fascinated that you mentioned an Integrative Health Physician! How do you like it and do you feel that it has helped with your bowel movement issues and overall Gut Health?
I would love your insight! Thank you!
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@shortylori83 I've been seeing Dr. Stacey D'André at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Her background is oncology so in that respect she is the perfect Integrative Medicine physician for me. I've seen her twice. The first time we talked at length about my endometrial cancer first diagnosed in 2019 as Stage 1a and then a recurrence in 2021 that really shook me. Dr. D'André suggested lab tests in addition to my usual annual labs – she added A1C for instance to check for pre-diabetes (I don't have it). The primary recommendations were around food. I was already moving toward a plant-based diet but still consuming added sugars. That's been the hardest for me but I'm getting there. Based on research for breast cancer (there is almost none in diet for uterine cancers) she suggested I eat mushrooms – any kind – more often and add a mushroom powder to smoothies or coffee. As moved more toward the diet she recommended I experienced more bowel movements and looser bowel movements. Very confusing because I thought it was radiation-related. But I realized later that my body is adjusting and I was eating TOO MUCH (if that's possible) of my favorite vegetable, broccoli, several days a week. I was already getting regular massages which she recommended and she also recommended acupuncture for my ongoing lower back pain that is osteoarthritis. I was already weight training 2 hours a week and needed to add in more aerobic exercise. So, all of this is presumably preventive for future cancer.
I have really appreciated working with Dr. D'André. I'll be seeing a nurse practitioner from her staff when I return to Mayo in April for my cancer surveillance visit.
In answer to your question – I like working with Integrative Medicine. They are evidenced-based in their practice and so recommendations are based on research and science. That's important to me.
Is there an Integrative Medicine or Health Physician you can make an appointment with? Your ongoing gut problems must be so difficult for you that I hope finding a good physician will improve your quality of life in that regard.