Kratom and Endometriosis: My Experience with Kratom
Before you dive into this post, please be a good reader and check out Part One. Okay, have you read it? Good. Now we may begin.
My Introduction to Kratom
Late in November I joined an online resource group. I will be the first to admit I thought it was a support group, even though it says THIS IS NOT A SUPPORT GROUP at the top. Nonetheless, I found support within the confines of that group and made connections that I am still finding support from today – take from that what you want.
In that group, I met a girl named Katie. Katie also suffers from endometriosis and was, at the time, in the process of applying for review through the Center for Endometriosis Care, as was I. The CEC is in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the holy grail of medical centers among those inflicted with endometriosis. If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford the cost and wait to be operated on by Dr. S, well, you are blessed. Katie and I applied for our medical information requests at about the same time and she reached out to me to inquire how long the process was taking. Our online friendship blossomed from there through back-and-forth status likes.
One day I saw Katie posted something about kratom. Now, I had heard about kratom before in cooler talk at my office, but had not heard of anyone who actually used it. So, I took the opportunity to engage her in a conversation about it. The conversation was brief. I followed up with some research, and made an impulse purchase through a reputable-sounding store called none other than, getkratom.com. Very creative marketing.
It took me over a week to muster the courage to make my first cup of tea. Kratom’s side effects for first-time users worried me, but could anything be worse than daily chronic pain?
I purchased three different strains. Bali, Ultra Enhanced Red Kali and Ultra Enhanced Maeng Da. I decided to play it safe for the first cup and chose Bali, which, according to my research, appears to be the most commonly used strain. It is said to produce a euphoric effect and pain-relieving effects similar to opioids. My first dosage I placed one spoonful into approximately two and a half cups of water, and drank it all over the course of thirty minutes.
How the Kratom Affected my Body and Pain
Almost immediately I did notice that my tongue felt tingly. I did not notice any other symptoms for approximately thirty minutes. Then, I did start to feel light-headed – in a good, euphoric, way. I could still feel my pelvic pain but I was not as affected by it, the pain was not numbed but I was numbed to the pain if that makes any sense. I did feel an energetic pulse coursing through my body, as if I had an increase in energy that I typically do not have. This would be a pleasant side effect if I had to get through a day of work and drank the tea in the morning; however, I had tried it in the evening and had a difficult time sleeping.
So, do not drink this at night until you know how it affects your body – for me, I cannot drink it within four hours of bedtime or else I am wide-awake, mind racing like I just did a line of speed.
The second annoying side effect I did notice was that after approximately two or three hours from ingestion, I started to itch like crazy! From my biochemistry days, I know this is because kratom is binding to the same neuroreceptors as opioids which cause the same side effect (itching) so it makes sense; nonetheless, it is good to know if you are in public and start itching like a fiend. You could probably lessen this effect by spacing out your intake of the tea throughout the day instead of ingesting your entire dosage in one sitting, but I am new to this journey so I am still learning the ropes. I do not know if this particular supplement is even for me, yet.
Yesterday evening I tried the Ultra Red Kali. It was very similar to the Bali, only had a smoother texture in my drinker and tasted better. I noticed that it did seem to hit me faster and stronger, so maybe “ultra” means it is more concentrated. I will be the first to admit I am the worst at investigating substances I ingest!
There is one more strain to try that I do intend to try this evening, if my pain continues as it is right now but I did not want to deal this update for those of you who may have been waiting to hear about my experience.
So far my experience with kratom has left me with another alternative when I am in excruciating pain and cannot call off work. It does not make me “high” and actually seems to improve my ability to concentrate. While, I do not believe I would actually ever consume it prior to work, it is good to know I have another tool in my toolkit on days I feel like staying in bed. As I said, it did not take away my pain, but did numb my response to the pain to allow me to function more regularly throughout my day. At least I was given some semblance of a life back in those moments of kratom usage.
No one knows which way the DEA is going to end up on this subject right now, with the new administration, it very well may be Schedule I. I do not see any scientific reasoning for it to be scheduled in that manner, but there is also no solid scientific reasoning for it to be scheduled, otherwise. This issue calls to light the need for more research to be done not only on kratom, but on all aspects of endometriosis and chronic illnesses affecting millions of men and women that have taken the back burner. There is no cure for endometriosis currently, there is no known cause, there is no known medication to suppress it except for chemically induced menopause that causes many, many more problems than it resolves.
We should not be standing silent and letting this continue. We need to stand tall together and demand that something be done to protect not only ourselves, but our future children. All I know is that I weep at night thinking that I could bring a girl into this world, only to suffer the same excruciating pain I do each day and have to look her in the eyes and say
“hunny, there is nothing that can be done.”
I want to be able to look at her and say,
“I fought. I am fighting for you. I am still fighting.”