There is no cure for endometriosis, but treatment can help with pain and infertility. There are many treatments and medications that you may be recommended to you but I urge you to do your research! Understand what you are getting yourself into, read about the side effects(short and long term), know how much it's going to cost you (physically, emotionally, financially), discuss all aspects with your loved ones, and I very much encourage you to get an official diagnosis via laparoscopy.
I have done so many different treatments/medications, some of these being done multiple times. Some of the treatments of experienced are as followed in order they were received.
Lupron overstimulates the body's own production of certain hormones, which causes that production to shut down temporarily. Lupron reduces the amount of testosterone in men or estrogen in women.Common Lupron side effects may include:
Visanne (dienogest) is indicated for the management of pelvic pain associated with endometriosis. Side effects associated with dienogest are the same as those expected of a progestogen. They include:
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. It may also involve removal of the cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes and other surrounding structures. I had my uterus, tubes, cervix and appendix removed.
Intermittent treatment of moderate to severe signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids in adult women of reproductive age.
Once a trigger point has been located and the overlying skin has been cleansed with alcohol, the clinician should isolate the trigger point with a pinch between the thumb and index finger or between the index and middle finger with stabilizing pressure to prevent the trigger point from rolling away from the advancing needle.
The needle is inserted 1-2 cm away from the trigger point and then advanced into the trigger point at an acute angle of 30º to the skin. (See the image below.) Before advancing the needle into the trigger point, the physician should warn the patient of the possibility of sharp pain or muscle twitching as the needle contacts the trigger point. Aspirate before injection to avoid intravascular injection.
Once the needle is inside the trigger point, a small amount (0.2 mL) of anesthetic is injected. The needle is withdrawn to the level of the subcutaneous tissue, then redirected superiorly, inferiorly, laterally, and medially. The needling and injection process is repeated in each direction without withdrawal of the needle until the local twitch response is extinguished or until the muscle relaxes.  Pressure should be applied over injection sites.
I've had these everywhere and I do mean everywhere! Back, hips, face, vagina (yes vagina) and more.
Ultrasound is sound waves with frequencies higher than the upper audible limit of human hearing. Ultrasound is no different from 'normal' (audible) sound in its physical properties, except in that humans cannot hear it. This limit varies from person to person and is approximately 20 kilohertz (20,000 hertz) in healthy, young adults. Ultrasound devices operate with frequencies from 20 kHz up to several gigahertz.
A CT scan, also known as computed tomography scan, makes use of computer-processed combinations of many X-ray measurements taken from different angles to produce cross-sectional (tomographic) images (virtual "slices") of specific areas of a scanned object, allowing the user to see inside the object without cutting. Other terms include computed axial tomography (CAT scan) and computer aided tomography.
Magnetic resonance imaging is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to form pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body in both health and disease. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, electric field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body. MRI does not involve X-rays and the use of ionizing radiation, which distinguishes it from CT or CAT scans. Magnetic resonance imaging is a medical application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). NMR can also be used for imaging in other NMR applications such as NMR spectroscopy.
Lidocaine is a local anesthetic (numbing medication). It works by blocking nerve signals in your body. Lidocaine injection is used to numb an area of your body to help reduce pain or discomfort caused by invasive medical procedures such as surgery, needle punctures, or insertion of a catheter or breathing tube.
I have done a few different chronic pain groups and attend a chronic pain clinic. I find both of these to be very helpful.
Lyrica (pregabalin) is an oral medication that is chemically related to gabapentin (Gralise, Neurontin). It is used for treating pain caused by neurologic diseases such as postherpetic neuralgia as well as seizures. It also is used for treating fibromyalgia. The most common side effects of Lyrica are:
This medication is used to treat mental/mood problems such as depression. It may help improve mood and feelings of well-being, relieve anxiety and tension, help you sleep better, and increase your energy level. This medication belongs to a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants. It works by affecting the balance of certain natural chemicals (neurotransmitters such as serotonin) in the brain.
Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, is cannabis and cannabinoids that are recommended by doctors for their patients. The use of cannabis as medicine has not been rigorously tested due to production restrictions and other governmental regulations. Limited evidence suggests cannabis can: reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasms. This has really helped me the most.
This medication is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), specifically a COX-2 inhibitor, which relieves pain and swelling (inflammation). It is used to treat arthritis, acute pain, and menstrual pain and discomfort. The pain and swelling relief provided by this medication helps you perform more of your normal daily activities.
Do what's right for you! Advocate for you and your health!
My name is Kristen McRobie, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis when I was 21.