Thursday, 28 May 2015

PART 4 - ENDOMETRIOSIS AND CHOOSING YOUR MEDICAL TEAM

ENDOMETRIOSIS
WHAT WOULD I KNOW?


Do you have a choice?  Fortunately I did and for most of you there will be choices.   Some though will not have the type of choice that provides a skilled surgeon but will hopefully be able to present knowledge published from credible researchers to help their situation.  Most likely as a result of the apparent skill shortage around the globe of surgeons who operate on Endometriosis using the excision procedure and thanks to research tools like the internet there will be women worldwide who are likely to be at the moment more educated about this disease than the actual General Practitioner or Specialist available to them. 

Monday, 27 April 2015

PART 3 - PLENTY OF QUESTIONS, VERY FEW DIRECT ANSWERS!

ENDOMETRIOSIS
WHAT WOULD I KNOW?


Here is probably the most common answer about Endometriosis you will hear, Women’s Problems!  Really?  Actually, the disease being Women’s Problems is not quite accurate as you will have read in my previous blog Part 2 What is Endometriosis?  There are in fact cases of men having this disease.  A large majority of men are fortunate they do not have the biological make up that would put 10 percent of men at risk.  However, rightly or wrongly Endometriosis is often referred to as Women’s Problems, and in this day and age it would be fair to say that an understanding of the disease for most people would stop at that. My initial understanding of it did.  With most conversations stopping there, it makes it difficult for Endometriosis to be known, let alone understood.  It is what I refer to as the Cave Man Explanation. 


Friday, 20 March 2015

PART 2 - WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?

ENDOMETRIOSIS
WHAT WOULD I KNOW?


Endometriosis is a disease that affects one in ten women any time from her first period usually until menopause although some women have been affected after.  There are cases reported of men having endometriosis but it is very rare for men to have this disease. It is believed the disease is formed initially during embryonic life before consciousness has developed.  Most published information describe endometriosis as the tissue that lines the womb called Endometrium back flows out the Fallopian tubes implanting itself outside the uterus and in the abdomen where these cells are not meant to be. Most commonly referred to as retrograde menstruation.  However, recent scientific research continues to question this belief and as patients we await an outcome.  New research suggest that the cells do not back flow from the Fallopian tubes.  That the cells are already there embedded in the tissue and become active.   Estrogen, environmental toxins, and stress being the most likely activation of these cells.

PART 1 - THE AGONY OF HOW I FOUND OUT

ENDOMETRIOSIS
WHAT WOULD I KNOW?


It first became apparent something was really wrong when riding in an ambulance to hospital with suspected appendicitis.  That painful agony earned shots of morphine before we could begin the journey and ongoing doses once I reached the hospital.  I had heard all about the dreadful pain of appendicitis and now I seemed to be living it. 

Suddenly this is like ground hog day.  A year and six months has passed since my first trip to the hospital and now I'm on my fifth trip.  Another case of suspected appendicitis.  I'm scratching my head wondering how it is such time has passed and once again I am smacked up on morphine in the back of an ambulance.