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Bad Cramps? March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month

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This diagnostic procedure involves a tube with a camera being inserted into the abdomen.

She said the treatment plan that works for her includes following an anti-inflammatory diet, managing stress, exercising regularly, engaging in yoga and acupuncture, and eating fish oil, herbs and supplements. She has undergone two surgeries as well, since she has stage IV endometriosis which is the worst kind.

Jessica Cashman, the founder and psychotherapist for the Center for the Psychology of Women, has suffered from endometriosis since age 11. She said in an email that she most commonly hears that women with endometriosis suffer from painful periods and emotional issues.

“The feeling of being out of control emotionally is very straining because it seems to come out of the blue, and they feel as if they have no control over going into a rage or breaking out in tears,” Cashman said. “Additionally, the physical pain endured causes an emotional toll as does not being able to do their normal activities.”

She added that in her own case, she went on birth control to manage her symptoms, but it was only after having a hysterectomy for another health issue that she finally felt relief from her endometriosis.

Dr. Kevin Audlin, the co-director of The Endometriosis Center at Mercy Medical Center, said in an email that another issue to be aware of is that women may feel so much chronic pain that they become dependent on narcotic pain medication.

Many women are told that the pain is in their heads, and they aren’t properly diagnosed with endometriosis, which could lead to some depression and self-doubt, he added.

“There are many women who are not aware, because they are the first in their family, or their other family members have been told to ‘deal with the pain’ of their cycles, not realizing that the pain is not normal or appropriate,” Audlin said.

He said some common side effects related to endometriosis include irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, bloating, lower back pain and painful urination.

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