Endometriosis – It’s a real pain

Hey Guys,

Some people may say this is girl talk but I think its for everyone as it affects both in some way. Guys should understand what we are going through.

Since been diagnoised with Endometriosis and cysts I’ve become aware of how many women suffer with it. Growing up you are always told that periods are sore so just deal with it etc…. but this is not necessarily true.

I did a bit of online research and this is what I found-

‘Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs.’ I myslef have it on my bladder which would explain years of going to the toilet a lot.

Symptoms

The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, often associated with your menstrual period. Although many women experience cramping during their menstrual period, women with endometriosis typically describe menstrual pain that’s far worse than usual. They also tend to report that the pain increases over time.

Common signs and symptoms of endometriosis may include:

  • Painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Pelvic pain and cramping may begin before your period and extend several days into your period. You may also have lower back and abdominal pain.
  • Pain with intercourse. Pain during or after sex is common with endometriosis.
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination. You’re most likely to experience these symptoms during your period.
  • Excessive bleeding. You may experience occasional heavy periods (menorrhagia) or bleeding between periods (menometrorrhagia).
  • Infertility. Endometriosis is first diagnosed in some women who are seeking treatment for infertility.
  • Other symptoms. You may also experience fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.

 

Endometriosis is sometimes mistaken for other conditions that can cause pelvic pain, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or ovarian cysts. It may be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that causes bouts of diarrhea, constipation and abdominal cramping. IBS can accompany endometriosis, which can complicate the diagnosis.

What I have found, period pains are very painful and PMS is pretty bad. Sometimes the cramps a week or two before the period are worse than when I actually have my period. Fatgiue can be terrible and you just all round feel terrible. I have it on my bladder as well so I go to the toilet a lot which is very annoying and can be sore.

I really try to not let it all affect me but it’s pretty much impossible. Hot water bottles are my best friends and painkillers which I hate taking but for these cramps I do take them.  It definately affects my mood. Spirits are lower and in general just pissed off with the world.

Along with my fibromyalgia and all the issues that brings, I now have this to deal with! FFS 🙂 Another thing to add to my long list of head wrecking issues which my body like to give me. 😦

I’d love to hear other girls stories with their experiences of endometriosis. Some natural remedies or even good painkillers that actually work would be great! After my operation and all the tests the doctor never gave me anything to manage my pain. I have a coil with a small bit of hormone in it which is meant to keep the endometriosis at bay and hopefully it does but it definitely doesnt help with the monthly pain.

Hope you’re all well

Lots of love

Marie-Ann

xoxo

 

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