These problems have many potential causes and having one of them does not mean that you have endometriosis. These conditions are comorbidities — issues that exist with another condition. You should talk to your doctor about these symptoms for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome
Pelvic floor muscle spasm
Central pain syndrome
Alterations in inflammatory processes
Various genetic factors
These factors lead to the identifying characteristics of endometriosis including:
INVASION ACROSS TISSUE PLANES
Endometriosis causes a significant amount of inflammation that can result in scarring and nerve damage. The scarring and nerve damage stimulates your spinal cord and ultimately sends continuous pain signals to your brain. When pain signals are long-term and severe, phenomena such as spinal wind-up and neuroplasticity occur, leading to difficult-to-treat chronic pain.
Interestingly, a woman can have mild or severe endometriosis and not have any pelvic pain. So, there must be other factors at work in regulating how much pain a woman experiences from endometriosis.
In general, multiple factors make up your pain threshold — the amount of pain it takes before you actually feel pain. These factors are: genetic, experiential, psychological.
Since endometriosis can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, the initial consultation will help your gynecologist know how to proceed most effectively.
Although an ultrasound won’t give your gynecologist a sure diagnosis, it’s very useful to identify cysts that can be associated with endometriosis.
Various over-the-counter medications might be used to help ease painful symptoms while further testing is being carried out. Hormone therapy, although not a cure, has been known to reduce or even eliminate the pain associated with endometriosis.
Depending on the extent of the endometriosis, various surgeries are available, from laparoscopic surgery for “conservative surgery,” to hysterectomy and oophorectomy when needed.
If you have endometriosis, you want relief. While many of the treatments for endometriosis will relieve your symptoms, most medical…