What to Do if You Suspect You Have Endometriosis?
“Many women feel at least some pelvic pain during their period. For some, it’s especially rough. In certain cases, it’s due to a condition called endometriosis” .
If you think you may have this condition, the sooner you reach out for a diagnosis, the sooner your Pain Specialist can give you a pelvic exam & conduct any necessary tests such as a pelvic exam to highlight any scarring or cysts; & an MRI or ultrasound. They will then set up a Holistic Personalised Treatment Plan to help you manage your symptoms & get back on track
So What Exactly is Endometriosis?
This well known condition occurs when when small pieces of tissue which normally grow inside the uterus, go haywire, and grow outside the uterus instead. This issue can be very serious, as the fallopian tubes can be blocked. Further, the latter may expand, covering the ovaries or tissue which lines the pelvis. – This leads to extreme pain, and as time marches on, it can become more intense. – To that end, it is crucial to see an experienced pain specialist, as a general practitioner has not had the benefit of extensive training and specialisation .
What Should I Tell My Pain Consultant?
Writing a daily ‘Pain Diary,’ is an excellent way to help your Pain Doctor understand your personal circumstances. Further, as you will not be relying on your memory, it will ensure that what you tell the specialist, is accurate. If you have endometriosis, it can begin prior to your period, and then continue on for several days once your period comes to an end. However, mark out the days that you don’t experience any pain, by simply crossing through the page. And on the days that you do experience pain, be sure to note down the times, and what you were doing.
You should also make a note in your dairy every time you experience any of the following conditions or symptoms:
• Pain whilst having sex
• Pain post-sex
• Pain when you pass urine
• Pain when you have bowel movements
• Feeling sick
• Irregular bleeding
• Intense bleeding at the time of your period
• Not being able to conceive
• Fluctuation in your mood due to the pain you are experiencing
• Spotting or bleeding between periods.
. Swiner, C. (2020). “How Do I Know if I Have Endometriosis?”