Q&A with a team member who suffers with Endometriosis
This month is Endometriosis Awareness Month.
1 in 10 women women endure unrelenting pain that affects every aspect of their lives each day.
As part of Endometriosis Awareness month our Charity Focus of the Week is Endometriosis UK who provide vital support services, reliable information and a community for those affected by endometriosis. You can find more details on their website: https://endometriosis-uk.org/
We spoke with one of our team members in Fundraising Auctions who suffers from Edometriosis. We asked her a few questions on how she copes with Edometriosis and to help raise awareness of this condition.
What were your symptoms?
I always had very heavy periods, but thought it was normal as I didn’t know any different. Then years later the cramps got worse each month so I went to the doctors to see if there was anything I could take to stop it. Other symptoms now include heartburn, upset stomach, lower back pain, and fatigue.
Can you describe the pain?
The only way I can describe it is like being stabbed with burning knives. It’s almost like your insides are being ripped out. Gory, but true!
How long till you got diagnosed?
I first went to the doctors when I was around 30, and was diagnosed at 36.
How was it diagnosed?
The only way endometriosis can be truly diagnosed is by a laparoscopy.
How do you cope with pain?
I used to take prescribed medication, but now it isn’t as bad so I take paracetamol and anti inflammatories as and when needed, and curl up with a hot water bottle!
Did you have children before or after you were diagnosed?
Before. Endometriosis can cause infertility – I was one of the lucky ones!
What treatment have you had for your endometriosis?
I’ve had two laparoscopies and a hysteroscopy. I’ve been told that the next step is a hysterectomy as I react badly to hormone treatment, which is usually the option for most people.
What impact has it had on your life?
It stopped me from doing the school run, exercise and other social events in the earlier days as the pain and bleeding was unbearable. I missed my daughter’s birthday celebrations as I couldn’t move from my bed, and saw my friends less and less. Endometriosis can also cause weight gain, and I’m constantly battling to keep it off.
Are there certain foods you should avoid?
Fatty and processed foods, red meat, caffeine, and alcohol are all foods/ drink to avoid, to name a few.
Personally for me, bread or anything acidic can cause a flare up.
Do you have advice for women who feel that they might have endometriosis?
Don’t suffer in silence. See your Doctor if you are suffering with any of the symptoms. Endometriosis can take around 7 years to diagnose so the earlier you seek advice, the better.