Endometriosis is a chronic condition that can cause pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, and even infertility. To improve your quality of life, treatment is often necessary. Endometriosis occurs when the endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus. Although not all women with endometriosis have symptoms, the most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. Women with endometriosis often suffer from many other symptoms such as irregular or heavy menstrual bleeding, infertility, abdominal bloating, diarrhea or constipation, low back pain, and/or fatigue. Unfortunately, many of these symptoms are non-specific and can occur with other medical conditions that are also common in women with endometriosis.
Treatment for endometriosis falls into three major categories:
- Hormonal – to suppress pain
- Surgical – to remove endometriosis tissue, cysts on the ovaries, adhesions (scar tissue), and hysterectomy
- Pain control – medical and behavioral therapies to manage pain symptoms to include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. ibuprofen), muscle relaxants, and neuropathic medications (e.g. gabapentin, amitriptyline).
Other conditions common in women with endometriosis:
- Musculoskeletal pain conditions (e.g. pelvic floor myalgia, sacroiliac joint pain, myofascial pain)
- Interstitial cystitis and painful bladder syndrome
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue
- Chronic or recurrent headaches
To learn more visit: http://www.endofound.org/