How can I cope with endometriosis that has no cure?

Dr. Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

Many patients have endometriosis, and just like any other chronic disease, I have found that patients are resilient and tend to cope well. There are a significant amount of support groups that help patients with endometriosis. Some patients do well on long-standing oral contraception and taking it in a continuous manner not to have menstrual cycles. Some patients have surgeries every 1-2 years to help decrease the amount of endometriosis in their body and help decrease their pain. Some patients have to resort to seeing pain specialists who deal with chronic pain, and they put them on some type of long acting pain medication. Lastly, some patients coping with endometriosis will have surgical procedures to help ablate the nerves in the pelvis, and by transecting these nerves in the pelvis, this can help with their symptoms.

You can cope with mild endometriosis on a daily basis by taking pain medications that are available over the counter, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Ice packs or hot packs can also help.

You can manage your endometriosis on a daily basis by following the indications of your doctor regarding treatment. Be sure to use your pain relievers and hormone therapies in a timely manner in order to avoid pain and heavy bleeding. Use household items like a heating pad or a bath to relieve the pains of cramping. If you have opted for surgery, follow the indications of your doctor regarding preparation.

You may feel many emotions—sadness, fright, anger, confusion and loneliness. It is important to get support to cope with endometriosis. Consider joining a support group to talk with other women who have endometriosis. There are support groups on the Internet and in many communities.

It is also important to learn as much as you can about the disease. Talking with friends, family and your doctor can help.

No matter the severity of your case, be sure that you do seek medical treatment for your symptoms since untreated endometriosis can cause severe complications for your reproductive system.

This answer is based on source information from National Women's Health Information Center.

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