What it is: Endometriosis is a gynecological medical condition in which cells from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) appear and flourish outside the uterine cavity, most commonly on the membrane which lines the abdominal cavity. The uterine cavity is lined with endometrial cells, which are under the influence of female hormones. Endometrial-like cells in areas outside the uterus (endometriosis) are influenced by hormonal changes and respond in a way that is similar to the cells found inside the uterus. Symptoms often worsen with the menstrual cycle.
They say symptoms often worsen during your period, but it does not mention that you can have symptoms every single day of your life - if you are unlucky like me, then you live with pain and discomfort every single day of your existence with 3 or 4 days a month being so bad that you cant even stand up. It does not happen every month for me but this month it has.
Here is the wiki entry on the pain:
A major symptom of endometriosis is recurring pelvic pain. The pain can range from mild to severe cramping that occurs on both sides of the pelvis, in the lower back and rectal area, and even down the legs. The amount of pain a woman feels correlates poorly with the extent or stage (1 through 4) of endometriosis, with some women having little or no pain despite having extensive endometriosis or endometriosis with scarring, while other women may have severe pain even though they have only a few small areas of endometriosis. Symptoms of endometriosis-related pain may include:
- dysmenorrhea – painful, sometimes disabling cramps during menses; pain may get worse over time (progressive pain), also lower back pains linked to the pelvis
- chronic pelvic pain – typically accompanied by lower back pain or abdominal pain
- dyspareunia – painful sex
- dysuria – urinary urgency, frequency, and sometimes painful voiding
If you want to imagine it yourself, in my case I have mild period pains every single day of my life. My fellah thinks I am some kind of superwoman for being able to go on and work through it. But for 3 or 4 days a month I want to kill myself. My legs go numb at the thighs it hurts so much, and the blood well, that is the disgusting part, a lady I know once described it as chunks of liver, I don't have a better description than that. This sort of intense pain is not a regular monthly thing for me any more but when I am too stressed or run down then it hits like a tonne of bricks.
When I hit puberty I knew there was something wrong, right from the first day. I told my mum and she said that doesn't sound right lets go to the doctor. The doctor said I was over reacting and it was perfectly normal. I spent 7 years believing that not being able to get out of bed was ''normal''. As you can imagine it effected everything, my school work, my college work my jobs and career. I eventually went to a doctor with pelvic pain that was constant, always there and it was getting worse. Luckily for me it was a new doctor, a lady doctor who wanted to specialize in gynaecology. She knew instantly what it was from my description. 20 week's later I had an operation where they cut it all out and sucked it all away. For a few years I had no pain, it was wonderful! But that is not a cure, and it is back, steadily getting worse.
I implore you to watch your young female family members, the sooner it can be diagnosed the better it can be managed so they will never have to go through the pain I do and never be told its so bad you will never have children because your womb is so scarred and damaged.