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Dec. 17th, 2006

myth_1977

Endometriosis?

How would I know if I have Endometriosis?  I know what the test is called, but I am not sure I need to bring anything up to my doctor right now.  Or at least not to my next physical.  I have had some pretty nasty abodmenal pain for no reason and my doctor thought ovarian cysts, but the ultrasound of the ovaries was clear.  During that epidsode I had sex, obvious near the end when the pain was more of an ache... and I had experience moderate Dyspareunia afterwards, some spotting the next day.  This pain came back but was not as bad and I ignored it, expect try and sleep differently.  Recently, and the reason for posting, is that I had extreme Dyspareunia after sex one night.  So painful I could not move or walk... and so could not find anything that might have helped it, if anything could have.  I do get painful periods, the kind that have you curling up in agony at the slightest movement, and this can come with horrible nausea.  But I am on a fast release anti-inflammatory with that and it is managed with that, as long as I take quite a few the first couple of days.  Does this point to Endometriosis or something else?  I also have infertility, so I suppose that is a symptom or unrelated.  I do have a few medical conditions, such as hypothyrodism and FMS and I am not sure if they would cause this.

Dec. 12th, 2006

sagittaria

Laparoscopy

Hi all. I just had laparoscopic surgery and I'm wondering if anyone else would like to share their experiences - I'm wondering how long it takes to start feeling normal again, etc. I tried to search the community but didn't find anything, but if there are memories I should look at, please let me know. Thanks!

Nov. 29th, 2006

love me

rogue0703

endo rant

endo rant (this may get long)Collapse )


x-posted to a couple endo comms, my lj and my myspace

if this didn't all seem connected - i'm sorry... it's been a really long day and i'm sick (again). i should have been in bed an hour ago, but unfortunately i don't seem likely to meet my friend sleep for at least another 30 mins.

Nov. 15th, 2006

peace bitch

jeep_qirl

marilyn monroe's death & endometriosis


from cybergothdiva..


very interesting article links marilyn monroe's death indirectly to endometriosis:
http://www.abc.net.au/health/library/endometriosis_ff.htm


Nov. 10th, 2006

Young John

solobeatlefan

(no subject)

Has anyone here had a hypogastric plexus block? One with Kenalog? If you have, please respond here with details/experience. I want the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Thanks



x-posted like mad

Nov. 7th, 2006

peace bitch

jeep_qirl

?


Here's what I want to know..

We can fly all the way to the other side of the planet, walk on the moon, we have cars that parallel park themselves.. we even have deodorant that doesn't leave streaks on your clothing. So, why can't anyone make a pain medication that a)works, b)isn't habit forming and c)doesn't make you loopy, goofy, nauseated, dizzy and/or exhausted??

Clearly, there are not enough people working on this issue.

/end rant


Nov. 1st, 2006

peace bitch

jeep_qirl

Endo 101

A LETTER TO THE HEALTHY WORLD FROM THE LAND OF CHRONIC PAIN AND FATIGUE

If you were born with healthy genes, you may know me, but you don't understand me. I was not as lucky as you. I inherited the predisposition to chronic pain. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis after months, years or even decades of mysterious physical and emotional problems. Because you didn't know how sick I was, you called me lazy, a malingerer, or simply ridiculous. If you have the time to read on, I would like to help you understand how different I am from you.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENDOMETRIOSIS

~ Endometriosis is not the newest fad disease. In fact, it isn't even new.

~ The many physical and emotional problems associated with Endometriosis are not psychological in origin. This is not an "all in your head" disease. In fact, the American Medical Association recognizes Endometriosis as a major cause of disability.

~ Diseases like Endometriosis strike life-long athletes as viciously as they do couch potatoes. They can be disabling and depressing, interfering with even the simplest activities of daily life.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ME

~ My pain - My pain is not your pain. It is not caused by inflammation. Taking your arthritis medication will not help me. I can not work my pain out or shake it off. It is not even a pain that stays put. Today it is in my abdomen, but tomorrow it may be in my back, stomach or be gone. It is not well understood, but it is real.

~ My fatigue - I am not merely tired. I am often in a severe state of exhaustion. I may want to participate in physical activities, but I can't. Please do not take this personally. If you saw me shopping in the mall yesterday, but I can't help you with yard work today, it isn't because I don't want to. I am, most likely, paying the price for stressing my body beyond it's capability.

~ My immune system - My body is constantly fighting the Endometriosis, which means it is less equipped to deal with simple things, like the common cold. Because of this, I catch every virus that I come into contact with, and while it may have just been a stuffy nose to you, I will likely become very ill. Colds & flu take months for me to recover from, instead of days or weeks that it takes someone like you.

~ My sensitivities - I just can't stand it! "It" could be any number of things: bright sunlight, loud or high-pitched noises, odors. I can't stand heat, either. Or humidity. And don't be surprised if I shake uncontrollably when it's cold. I don't tolerate cold, either. My internal thermostat is broken, and nobody knows how to fix it. I may get motion sick, or lightheaded in cars or in large groups of people. I cannot tolerate drastic changes to my environment. No, I am not a 'drama queen'. I would give anything to not to be so affected by these things that others see as trivial.

~ My mood swings - Yes, there are days when I would rather stay in bed or in the house or die. I have lost count of how many of Dr. Kevorkian's patients suffered from Endometriosis as well as other related illnesses. Severe, unrelenting pain can cause depression. Your sincere concern and understanding can pull me back from the brink. Your snide remarks can tip me over the edge.

~ My stress - My body does not handle stress well. If I have to give up my job, work part time, or handle my responsibilities from home, I am not lazy. Everyday stresses make my symptoms worse and can incapacitate me completely.

~ My good days - If you see me smiling and functioning normally, don't assume I am well. I suffer from chronic pain and fatigue and a disease with no cure. I can have my good days or weeks or even months. In fact, the good days are what keep me going.

~ My uniqueness - Even those who suffer from Endometriosis are not alike. That means I may not have all of the problems mentioned above. I do have pain above and below the waist and on both sides of my body which has lasted for a very long time. I may have migraines or hip pain or shoulder pain or knee pain, but I do not have exactly the same pain as anyone else.

I hope that this helps you understand me, but if you still doubt my pain, your local bookstore, library and the internet have many good books and articles on Endometriosis.


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