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.