I'm so very sorry I haven't been online much on DA. I've had a lot more important things that came up, along with my health. I found out about two weeks ago I have endometriosis. In about a month I go to the GYN. Not sure I wanna way that long, but I'll have to. In the mean time. I'm on pain killers for the awful pain that comes with it. For those that don't know what endometriosis its a build up of skin tissue on the inside around the female organs that causes many side effects.
Endometriosis occurs when these cells grow outside the uterus in other parts of your body. This tissue may attach on your:
- Lining of your pelvic area
It can grow in other areas of the body, too.
These growths stay in your body--they do not shed when you have your period. But, like the cells in your uterus, these growths react to the hormones from your ovaries. They grow and bleed when you get your period. Over time, the growths may add more tissue and blood. The buildup of blood and tissue in your body leads to pain and other symptoms.
No one knows what causes endometriosis. One idea is that when you get your period, the cells may travel backwards through the fallopian tubes into the pelvis. Once there, the cells attach and grow. However, this backward period flow occurs in many women. Researchers think that the immune system in women with endometriosis may cause the condition.
Endometriosis is common. Sometimes, it may run in families. Endometriosis probably starts when a woman begins having periods. However, it usually isn't diagnosed until ages 25 - 35.
You are more likely to develop endometriosis if you:
- Have a mother or sister with endometriosis
- Started your period at a young age
- Never had children
- Have frequent periods or they last 7 or more days
- Have a closed hymen, which blocks the flow of menstrual blood during the period
Common side effects include:
Pain is the main symptom of endometriosis. You may have:
- Painful periods
- Pain in your lower belly before and during your period
- Cramps for a week or two before and during your period. Cramps may be steady and range from dull to severe.
- Pain during or following sexual intercourse
- Pain with bowel movements
- Pelvic or low back pain that may occur at any time
I've been going through much pain in the last three months. So please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I will also be going back to get my other teeth removed on the bottom. along with a root canal. so I've been in pain in the mouth and lower area of my body. Some nights I can't sleep at all cause I cry myself to sleep due to the pain it causes.