Recently when talking with a client, she said that she suffered from severe endometriosis and that her life was unbearable at times because of this disease. Many of her issues stemmed from the fact that it was almost impossible to have the medical team in her area acknowledge that Endometriosis was as severe as she described it.
Endometriosis does to qualify you for benefits as it is not recognised as a disability.
She felt alone, in pain and lost, which increased her anxieties dealing with general day to day life. Her partner tried to help, but Endometriosis is an ‘invisible’ disease, and she stated that he felt helpless knowing what to do. A hot water bottle and a herbal tea helps when the pain is worst, for this client, but with 190 million women having this disease globally, she cannot understand why there appears to be a lack of treatment for people like her with Endometriosis. She has not found any painkillers that even shift her pain.
After we finished our walk, and after hearing about this debilitating disease, I promised that I would explore the subject in more detail, if only to have more knowledge of the pains she endured. It will help me have an understanding of what this disease does to the body, and have more insight into the issues it raises for women.
I also promised to publish this post on the subject of Endometriosis, which when shared on social media, helps raise awareness even more.
On our parting, she asked me a question, sincerely: “If Endometriosis was a disease that only men could get, would there have been a cure by now?”
Endometriosis is a common chronic condition that is commonly misdiagnosed.
Endometriosis is a condition in which cells that line a woman’s uterus grow in other places of her body, most typically around the pelvis but also in tissues and organs beyond the pelvic cavity.
Endometriosis is a highly personalised disease, with symptoms and effects differing greatly from one person to the next. It can also have a big influence on family members, partners, and caregivers.
Some people have no pain or other typical symptoms, while others have recurrent symptoms that affect them on a regular basis.
Endometriosis affects roughly 10% (190 million) of reproductive age women and girls globally. At present, there is no known cure for endometriosis, and treatment is usually aimed at controlling symptoms.