Recently I experienced horrendous pains which seemed unexplainable, worrying and concerning to myself and my family.
The pains I were experiencing were internal, external and emotional. During ladies’ time of the month, emotions are scatty and best unquestioned as it is just ‘that time’, however the pains I was having were something I knew were not right. Internally, sharp stabbing and dull aching pains would occur and externally I would have aches up and down my legs, my abdominal area and even my back. After several trips to the doctor, scans, pokes and prods from nurses and doctors in places I wouldn’t have invited even my own boyfriend, finally I saw a gynaecologist who booked me in for a diagnostic laparoscopy (keyhole surgery under general anaesthetic).
Surgery confirmed that I had Endometriosis, a condition found in 1 in 10 women in the UK.
I knew of endometriosis as this is unfortunately hereditary and my mum, three aunties and grandmother have all experienced this nasty thing. However, when talking to other people; friends, colleagues, and looking up articles online, I found that there is not a lot of awareness about the condition at all. Typically NHS websites give you all the information that you need however it is worrying that many people, especially women do not know about this.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis.
Endometriosis can have a significant impact on a woman’s life in a number of ways, including:
- Chronic pain
- Fatigue/lack of energy
- Problems with a couple’s sex life/relationships
- An inability to conceive
- Difficulty in fulfilling work and social commitments
I feel awareness needs to be spread, and more women need to be aware of this condition, it is much more common than we think but nobody seems to have enough information about it, Google may be the death of our brain cells one day, but for now I would highly recommend looking it up and getting clued up about just what can happen in our bodies.
It is excruciatingly painful when undiagnosed and untreated, unfortunately the best way to confirm endometriosis is present is by having a laparoscopy under general anaesthetic, painful recovery and refraining from sexual activity (I know, heartbreaking) for a few weeks seems worth it knowing that endometriosis can be removed and you can go back to living a normal life. Chances of the bastard returning is likely but at least you will know what you will be dealing with!
A FEW DAYS ON AND THE GLAMOUR CONTINUES
Following my last post about my laparoscopy and removal of endometriosis, the glamorous recovery continues.
The pain is making me want to vomit. Although keyhole surgery may sound ‘okay’ you are still being butchered internally, the bruising and the swelling come out more and more as the days pass and you feel constant jabbing pains, finding one comfortable position to lie in only to then need a wee, which also proves difficult because your bladder is sussing out if it needs emptying even though you know you’re about to burst.
During the op, you are filled with gas to allow the camera to go inside you, and to enable the surgeon to have a right good nosey at your uterus and all the goriness that comes with it…and you know how gas needs to leave your body right? Exactly. The last few days I have non stop burped and farted and no, it is not all out yet.
The beautiful truth behind all of this is that this is happening to a lot of women out there, some people feel embarrassed about the aftermath of burping, farting and oh yeah, not being able to shower for 48 hours resulting in greasy hair, sweaty armpits and yes you guessed it, a sweaty vagina. But in all honesty, we are 50% of this world, us ladies are all the same, sure we are different shapes and different sizes but glamour comes with A LOT of hard work that sometimes really isn’t worth it. I will get my glad rags on again in a few weeks time but for now, I am recovering at my own pace and have my family and best friends around to help with fluffing up my pillows and ensuring cups of tea are in my hand on an hourly basis.