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Mirena… All I can say is never again. Ever. Yes, I used Mirena for a very long time. Yes, I’m experiencing the dreaded Mirena Crash at this very moment and have been for the last week and a half, though I really didn’t know exactly what I was experiencing until I started to do a little more research and reading. I can say that I wish I’d researched the IUD more before deciding to go down that path. I wish I’d been more concerned about my health when I was younger, more concerned with living a more natural lifestyle.
Now that we do care more, we’re also getting a little older; I’m no spring chicken. And though my family may be shocked to read this (if they read this), we’re also planning to try for another baby (more on this in a near future post, I promise). We weren’t going to tell anyone and just keep our secret all to ourselves, but Dan and I both decided maybe I should write about this. It seems to be something that many women experience, but if they’re like me, they may not fully be prepared for it or even know it’s coming.
In short, the Mirena Crash is due to hormone imbalance following removal of the Mirena IUD.
Now that I’m experiencing the crash, I’m seriously wondering if some of the problems I’ve experienced while having Mirena have been due to that little foreign contraption hangin’ out in my uterus. So many things make a lot of sense when I think about it.
For the longest time, I’ve woke up with night sweats, had severe abdominal pain and issues with what I thought was my colon (nothing found on colonoscopy and other tests), moodiness, hair loss (you wouldn’t believe the amount of hair I’ve cleaned out of my brush time and again), weight gain that just seems stuck no matter how much exercise or eating right I do, etc., etc.
Since having the Mirena removed about a week and a half ago, I’ve crashed (and sorta burned). Well, not literally, but I’ve honestly felt like it. Let me just share what my last week has been like…
Headaches – Oh my word, the headaches. I can honestly say the only headache I’ve had that’s been worse than these headaches was due to altitude sickness. They’re killer. No amount of ibuprofen or essential oil helps. Nothing. It’s like I’ve gone cold turkey, and I just have to wait for the pain to subside; it eventually does, but it can last all day. The pain is all over my head, even in my neck. I’ve even had pain shoot up from my shoulder/neck area to my head. Awful.
Fatigue – I’m sooooo tired! I could sleep 12-14 hours straight. Well, I can’t, but if I could… So tired.
Mood Swings – One minute I’m fine, the next I feel like I’m raging inside… Well, raging is what my boys call it when you get angry, so I’m going with that. I’m irritable and grumpy.
Anxiety – I think this has been the worst of it all. I wake up at night, can’t go back to sleep, and feel this elephant of anxiety in my chest, mind, spirit… And I can’t put my finger on exactly why I’m feeling that way. There’s no reason to feel anxious. I mean, I have the normal deadlines for work, the normal family stuff going on, the normal chores and stuff that need done, but nothing out of the ordinary. I can’t put my finger on why I’m so pent up and worked up! It’s like doom, gloom, and anxiety all rolled up into one tightly wound little package. It’s got me feeling like I’m going C-R-A-Z-Y! And until I learned about the Mirena Crash, I thought I was going crazy.
General feeling of just not feeling good – I’ve almost felt like I’m coming down with something. It’s just a general feeling of not feeling good. It’s yuck.
So, what am I doing about it?
(Disclaimer: If you’re experiencing symptoms of the Mirena Crash, please talk to your health care provider. Always do your own research, and talk to your health care provider. This is not meant as advice; it’s simply my own experience.)
Honestly, I’m just waiting it out. I’m using my oils for emotional and general well-being; I’m so glad I have them. I’m drinking a lot of water. I’m eating more citrus and berries and trying to eat things that will hopefully help me de-tox just a bit and get through this. I’m on a really good, food-based pre-natal vitamin. I’m exercising every day, sweating it out; and let me tell you, exercise does wonders for the emotions and for building up a feeling of strength.
From what I’ve read, I think my body is just freaking out a bit, trying to get back on track, figure out what is going on and what it needs to do. Hopefully, this won’t last much longer; most people say it lasts for a week or two… a select few have gone more. I’ve also read that it gets better with menstruation. Can’t say I’ve ever looked forward to that ’til now. Oh but I do.
I honestly feel like I’m on the tail end of the crash. Yesterday was better, today is ok, tomorrow can only go up from here.
Why share all of this?
I can’t tell you what to do in your personal life, nor do I want to; but I do want you to be aware. Do your own research, study up on things before you say yes, know what you’re putting into your body. Get to know your own body. Don’t ignore problems. Ask your health care provider, and don’t be afraid to go to your visit armed with a whole list of questions.
Your health really is in your hands; grab on to that responsibility for dear life, and don’t let go.
Of course, I also write this to share my own experience and relate to others who’ve experienced it, as well. With that said…