My Battle with Endometriosis
I have been battling a silent monster, once a month, every month, for the past ten years. To be honest, my diagnoses, as bleak as it is, was a relief. I was tired of being told it was just my depression, anxiety, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Based on symptoms its a pretty safe guess that I have had endometriosis since starting my period at 12. I can say that I am luckily one of the endo girls that has been fortunate enough to only get a “knock you on your ass” type of period every blue moon. I did however, have a host of other symptoms that I initially just chopped up to being a woman. The chronic fatigue zapped away my social life, the mood swings made me unbearable, and the cramps, oh the cramps!
Common Signs of Endometriosis
- Pain (usually pelvic) that usually occurs just before menstruation and lessens after menstruation
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Cramping during intercourse
- Cramping or pain during bowel movements or urination
- Pain with pelvic examinations
- lower abdominal pain,
- diarrhea and/or constipation,
- low back pain,
- chronic fatigue
- irregular or heavy menstruation,
- painful urination, or
- bloody urine (particularly during menstruation).
Symptoms I experienced in red *
Non-Common Symptoms with Endometriosis
- Low Progesterone, High Estrogen– Endo is an estrogen dominant disease, and low progesterone can lead to serious mood swings. Due to the endometriosis, I had MAJOR PMS and I honestly did not notice just how bad it was until I moved in with my best friend. One day she called me out about being a complete bitch to her for no reason and asked was I about to start my period. In that moment I realized how badly my cycle was affecting my mood.
- Food Intolerances- Dairy and gluten are not friends of mine.
- Chronic Digestive Issues- Some days on my period I would be screaming in pain trying to use the bathroom. A nurse practitioner I used to see attributed it to me being depressed over the loss of my sister and IBS.
- Lower Back and Leg Pain- When I would start my cycle my legs would just randomly start hurting or go numb, it was the weirdest thing.
- Yeast Infections and Candida Overgrowth– This one was possibly the worst! Consequently, it started after I became sexually active. The very first yeast infection I got I thought was an STD and I literally had a meltdown.
- Bladder Infections and UTI’s- Bladder infections, UTI’s, Kidney Infection, Kidney stones, high liver enzymes, you name it, I had it.
I experienced all of these*
Endometriosis has played a huge part in life and my overall health. I am curious to see if surgery will improve the debilitating symptoms I experience every month because of my period.
Discussion: Do you have bad PMS or have you been diagnosed with endometriosis? What are some of the things that you do to help alleviate PMS symptoms?
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