More than 176 million women worldwide are struggling with endometriosis, a condition that causes chronic pelvic pain and affects all aspects of active health. Living with Endometriosis: A comprehensive guide to risk factors, symptoms, and treatments by Samantha Bowick tells the story of a woman who has been suffering from the disease for years. Released in late April 2018, the book contains expert advice from doctors and researchers studying the disease, as well as ways to detect symptoms and get the most effective help.
The following is an excerpt from the previous article * from a book on finding the most appropriate types of medical treatment for endometriosis.
“No one wants to talk about women’s problems, but not talking about them doesn’t help anyone – and that’s where I put the line. I will share every aspect of my journey – good, bad, and bad – in the hope that it will help you live a healthier life sooner rather than later. I hope my story will inspire you to seek the help you need to live the healthy, painless life you deserve. Remember: it is not your fault that you are in pain; it’s not everyone’s fault. While it may be difficult to find a doctor without someone who cares about you and who knows what they are talking about, just keep fighting, because they are there. ”
There are several types of doctors that benefit from getting the best health care available. In my health journey, I have found it important to consult endometriosis specialists, family / internal workers, gynecologists, gastroenterologists, urologists, endocrinologists, rheumatologists, pulmonologists, and cardiologists, as well as a gynecologist, counselor, and management physician. of pain. The list is quite clean, but endometriosis has been found to have comorbidities, which means that there are other diseases associated with women with endometriosis.
That is why it is important to know that each of these doctors is accustomed to knowing if you can benefit from seeing one of them.
When you suffer from endometriosis, one of the best things a patient can do is seek out a specialist in endometriosis. This is a doctor who knows the ins and outs of the disease and is focused on treating it. They usually do not use birth control pills, Lupron, or other medications; instead, they use a method to diagnose the disease, removing the culprit in the hope that the patient lives a pain-free life.
They may do an ultrasound to determine what the uterus and eggs look like and to come up with a treatment plan for the disease. Surgeons who use surgery in their treatment programs report long-term rest rates in 75-85 percent of their patients, while informal surgery reports 40-60 percent recurrence less than one to two years after surgery.
In my experience, surgery is the most effective way to reduce the pain of endometriosis. I still worry about the disease coming back, because it seems like it has been raising its bad head at unexpected times in my life. Ever since I underwent surgery by a specialist in endometriosis, I have had surgery once to remove the gallbladder and red tissue, and have continued for a year and a half without surgery for endometriosis complications.
These doctors have the benefit of doing laboratory work and diagnosing some of the bowel-related problems, and they can help prevent other diseases and refer patients to specialists, depending on the issue.
Family members of the family I saw eventually found that I was deficient in vitamin D, performed an autopsy, and referred me to a gastroenterologist, endocrinologist, and rheumatologist when they suspected that something else might be going on. Insurance sometimes requires that these physicians refer patients to specialists before they can cover any appointments, which may be of concern to the patient. My doctor also likes to do blood work every six months to one year as follows, which I enjoy.
Gynecologists are usually the first female doctors who go to see contraception, usually before they suspect something may be wrong. Gynecologists focus on female reproductive organs; This is where women will do their annual pap smear tests, mammograms, and bone size. They can do ultrasound, blood work, and saliva tests, too.
Although gynecologists should focus on gynecology, it was difficult for me to find the one who made the time to deal with endometriosis. I feel like they want to throw birth control pills or Lupron on patients in hopes of treating the disease without trying to operate or refer women to an endometriosis specialist. It was difficult for me to find a gynecologist who would treat me with PCOS, even if the illness was related to eggs. This is because I do not fit into the “normal” patient appearance of PCOS.
Endocrinologists focus on the endocrine system, which includes hormonal imbalances and other cancers. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), osteoporosis, and infertility are some of the complications associated with endometriosis treated by endocrinologists. They can perform blood tests, saliva tests, bone scans, and surgery, depending on the disease they are testing, and will determine the course of the operation if you have these diseases.
In 2012, before I had my uterus, I called the endocrinologist’s office to see if I could make an appointment to see if I had PCOS. After I told them my medical history, for some reason they said they could not see me. I first saw it in 2015, when my family doctor referred me to it after ordering a bone scan and my T-score was at bone level. I discuss my experience with osteoporosis and PCOS in the following chapters.
Pelvic Floor Therapist Physician
As explained in Chapter 5, physical therapy under the genitals is another alternative treatment that may be helpful to those suffering from pelvic floor spasms due to endometriosis. It is important that we feel comfortable with the pelvic floor therapist, because these appointments may not be very comfortable depending on the method used. A gynecologist or endometriosis specialist may refer you to a pelvic floor specialist in your area. They are not as common as other physiotherapists, so you may have to go depending on where you are found, but it is not for you.
Counselor / Healer
It is important to have a counselor, therapist, and / or psychiatrist talk to you about the feelings you are experiencing due to your endometriosis. It can help to talk to someone who is not part of your family and give you time to relax and try different ways that can be helpful in reducing stress. It is also important to have a place where you sell your feelings that will not affect anyone else. Some of these health workers do not prescribe medication, but they can refer you to a doctor who does so if that is something you agree you need. It can take time and money depending on what your insurance will do, but in my opinion, it is worth it.
The book is available at any bookstore, but readers can easily find it on Amazon. Living With Endometriosis is published by Hatherleigh Press and is still distributed by Penguin Random House.