How do you deal with the chronic pain from endometriosis?
Living with chronic pain can negatively impact your body not only physically, but mentally and emotionally too. If you are living with chronic pain such as endometriosis, you know how important it is to find a personalized, effective pain management plan. As you and your doctor search for a plan, be sure to explore as many options as possible. Below is a list of possible treatments:
- Pain medications, including both over-the-counter and prescription options
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Muscle relaxers
- Hormones, including oral contraceptives, Lupron or other GnRH agonists, an IUD, HRT, orprogesterone/progestin
- Anti-convulsant medications
- Nerve Block
- Muscle Injections
- Chiropractic adjustment
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) Unit
- Naturopathic Care
- Physical Therapy
- Heat (e.g. a hot bath, a hot water bottle, stick-on heat patches, or a heating pad)
- Exercise (to release endorphins)
- Endometriosis Diet
- Chamomile or Ginger tea
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Stress management
Regardless of which option(s) you wish to pursue, keep a detailed symptom diary. Symptom diaries offer many benefits that can make the effort and time involved valuable. One, the diary can allow you to identify any patterns to your symptoms and track treatments. Knowing what contributes to your pain and what alleviates your pain can allow you to better manage your lifestyle to decrease your overall pain. Two, the diary can allow you to communicate more effectively with your medical providers. When your physicians can “see” what you are going through, they may be more apt to help you in a more productive manner.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.