Tomorrow is a new begining for me.
My uterus and bladder are dislocated, my bowel is dislocated and possibly blocked. I have a tennis ball and a walnut sized dark cyst both on the left ovary. Everyday there is pain. Activities such like sweeping and lifting heavy objects cause me to have spasms of lower back pain that me almost stuck. I must break the stiffness and cross the stabbing pain to become mobile again. This occurs almost every night after I work. I feel constant pressure on my bowel and bladder much like pregnant women do. My PMS is terribly painful and lasts for week before the bleeding. That's about 2 weeks of worse pain, 4 days of severe pain, and 2 days of yell out loud pain a month.
Below is a history of my illness and an excerpt from Wikipedia. Thank you all for helping me out. I hope to become strong so that I may also be of service to others. You are helping me become a better and happier person.
My co-pay is $500, the anesthesia is $400 and the rest of the money is for 2 weeks of time off work to recover.
Originally I was only going to be out a week, but after the doctor found out that I'm not an office worker, he told me to sit out longer.
Here is a short history of my illness:
I have suffred with endometriosis since the age of 14, but the doctors just handed me pain pills and that was that.
At 19 I had golf ball and tennis ball sized cysts on my ovaries. I could not afford surgery, so I dealt with the pain with yoga and self medication.
At 26 I had my first operation. It was a partial sucess. My bowels, uterus, ovaries and bladder were bound together in sort of a ball by the adhesions. It was the most severe case my doctor had ever seen.
By 29 It had returned with a vengnce. Thanks to the Affordble Care Act, surgery is finally an option again.
Throbbing, gnawing, and dragging pain to the legs are reported more commonly by women with endometriosis. Compared with women with superficial endometriosis, those with deep disease appear to be more likely to report shooting rectal pain and a sense of their insides being pulled down. Individual pain areas and pain intensity appears to be unrelated to the surgical diagnosis, and the area of pain unrelated to area of endometriosis.
Endometriosis lesions react to hormonal stimulation and may "bleed" at the time of menstruation. The blood accumulates locally, causes swelling, and triggers inflammatory responses with the activation of cytokines. This process may cause pain. Pain can also occur from adhesions (internal scar tissue) binding internal organs to each other, causing organ dislocation. Fallopian tubes, ovaries, the uterus, the bowels, and the bladder can be bound together in ways that are painful on a daily basis, not just during menstrual periods.
Also, endometriotic lesions can develop their own nerve supply, thereby creating a direct and two-way interaction between lesions and the central nervous system, potentially producing a variety of individual differences in pain that can, in some women, become independent of the disease itself.
Main article: Endometriosis and infertility
Many women with infertility may have endometriosis. Among women with endometriosis, up to 30% to 50% may experience infertility.
Other symptoms include diarrhea or constipation, chronic fatigue, nausea and vomiting, headaches, low-grade fevers, heavy and/or irregular periods, and hypoglycemia.
In addition to pain during menstruation, the pain of endometriosis can occur at other times of the month. There can be pain with ovulation, pain associated with adhesions, pain caused by inflammation in the pelvic cavity, pain during bowel movements and urination, during general bodily movement like exercise, pain from standing or walking, and pain with intercourse. But the most desperate pain is usually with menstruation and many women dread having their periods. Pain can also start a week before menses, during and even a week after menses, or it can be constant. The pain can be debilitating and the emotional stress can take a toll.
Current research has demonstrated an association between endometriosis and certain types of cancers, notably some types of ovarian cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and brain cancer. Despite similarities in their name and location, endometriosis bears no relationship to endometrial cancer.
Endometriosis often also coexists with leiomyoma or adenomyosis, but studies that look into similarities and differences between endometriosis and adenomyosis have conflicting results. A 1988 survey conducted in the US found significantly more hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune diseases, allergies and asthma in women with endometriosis compared to the general population.
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