Information & Support

This blog is a diary of life with any invisible illness but it would be negligent of me not to take the opportunity to spread awareness of Endometriosis – a condition that is already so unknown.

Symptoms:

Irregular periods

Pelvic pain

Excessive bleeding

Infertility

Swelling

Back pain

Fatigue

Pain with intercourse

These symptoms are almost a “starter” list, the first signs as it were. Symptoms vary from woman to woman but these are usually pretty good indicators that you may have Endometriosis. Periods should not be so bad you cannot carry out daily activities and have to take time off work or school. If you think you or somebody you know may be suffering Endometriosis, you or the person you know need to visit a GP and voice your concerns. This is a condition better managed if caught early but is currently often mis-diagnosed or missed altogether.

Please visit the below links for further information. I am particularly fond of Women with Endometriosis, a support and information organisation founded by Carla Cressey. They feature online support groups through Social Media (Facebook, Instagram) and have been no end of comfort to myself. They also offer nutritional information to women utilizing “The Endo Diet”.

www.womenwithendometriosis.org

www.endometriosis-uk.org

www.nhs.uk/conditions/endometriosis

www.bsge.org.uk/centre/

The last link is a tool for diagnosed sufferers to locate Accredited British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy Centres local to them where consultants and surgeons should offer the very best in treatment and care. I am currently awaiting a referral to a specialist at one of these centres.

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