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Endometriosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 13, 2006
  • 10:09 PM

I find it difficult to relay the amount of discomfort I feel to doctors. They ask me what it feels like, and I expain that it feels like a sharp stabbing pain. I then get the same question? I'm not sure what answer they're looking for.

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  • Were you diagnosed with endometriosis or do you just suspect that is what it is? Unfortunately the doctors cannot feel what we do and have been trained to ask the age old question "How does it feel?" By the patient describing the type of pain using descriptive words like "sharp, stabbing, dull, aching, cramping, pinching, shooting, feels like electric shocks, etc. that helps to figure out what is wrong by the type of pain you describe. Also giving it a number on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worst pain you can hardly bear this helps as well. Does it come and go? Is it constant? Does it waken you at night? Is it worse during your monthly cycle, right before or after? All of these help the doctor. I also had endometiosis and was in terrible pain for over a year until I insisted he do a laparoscopy to look inside to see what was wrong. I came out of the O.R. with a hysterectomy with severe endometriosis. The doctor apoligized to me and said it was not uncommon for women to come in complaining of pelvic pain and many times he thought it was either psychological in nature or pain of unknown origin that they couldn't fix. Well duh, you can't fix something if you don't investigate, I thought. It cured my problem. I have learned that their is medication for endometriosis and also becoming pregnant puts a stop to it temporarily. I was done having kids and didn't mind have the uterus removed. My advice is ask for a laparoscopy if it continues, this way he can clearly see if this indeed is your problem or perhaps another one. It's a very small incision at your naval and outpatient. They probably won't want to do it if it hasn't been going on very long but if it lasts for months then insist on it. Best of luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 14, 2006
    • 04:37 AM
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  • Sharon;I am very happy that you no longer suffer from endometriosis. I think you are giving her false hope though, suggesting that there is a cure. THERE IS NO CURE FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS!!. (You SHOULD know this as a doctor) However, some women do have some luck with laparoscopies and/or hysterectomies. I wish they would have worked for me. I have it so bad and there is no end in sight. I wish you the best Helen. I DO know that it is NOT easy, in fact, this is by a thousand times the most difficult thing I've had to deal with. Imagine having your life stripped from you for many years, being bed-ridden, having to rely on others, the neglect and abuse from doctors and not being taken seriously from them and others. I hope to God that you never go through what I have been through.-Good luck to you, Sweetie!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 07:41 AM
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