Endometriosis is a greatly misunderstood medical condition. Due to general lack of awareness on the part of both health care providers and patients, a lot of women endure so much pain for years before they are eventually diagnosed of the condition.
There have been several stories of women who had to suffer from severe pain for a very long time without receiving appropriate treatment because their symptoms were thought to be normal period cramps that a woman should face.
There have also been several stories of women who had to endure so much pain and were told by their doctors that the pain was just in their head and were never really believed. For such women, their condition is made worse by not having anyone to believe in them.
Endometriosis is experienced differently by women. Some women do not experience any symptoms until much later when the disease has progressed. Some experience mild symptoms while others have very severe symptoms. For most women who experience symptoms, they often include:
- Very painful menstrual cramps
- Chronic (long-term) pain in the lower back and pelvis
- Painful bowel movements or pain when urinating during periods
- Pain during or after sexual intercourse
- Heavy bleeding during periods
- Bleeding in between periods
- Inability to get pregnant
- Digestive problems like constipation, bloating, diarrhea and nausea especially during periods
- Longer periods
The primary symptom of endometriosis is pain, which most women report increases overtime. Nevertheless, the severity of the pain does not always correlate with the degree of the disease. In some women, the disease is advanced and yet they experience mild symptoms while some women have severe symptoms yet, the disease is still in its early stage.
You should know that it is not normal to have very painful menstrual cramps. It is not normal to bedridden due to menstrual pain every month. If you bleed so heavily every month, you experience so much pain and although you try all sorts, the pain nevertheless persists; you should see your doctor.
If after examining you your doctor tells you nothing is wrong with you and maybe also prescribes some medications for you and yet the pain continues, re-visit your doctor or see another doctor. Delays in diagnosing endometriosis can lead to irreversible damage.