Ovarian Cancer Fibromyalgia Symptoms Pain Points

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease giving painful points in muscles and joint areas, stiffness and problems of neurological art like fatigue, poor sleep quality and depressive feelings. The disease develops gradually and can affect great parts of the body. It is chronic, but may give better and worse periods. The disease can make a person nearly disabled, but can also be mild or almost disappear over time.

THE SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA

By fibromyalgia there are tender points in muscles, tendons and ligaments around the body. The points are especially common around the joints. Tender areas in the mid parts of the muscles are fewer and with lighter pain. The points give a constant aching and a sharper pain by pressure. However, muscular work and exercise do not necessarily increase the pain. When the muscles are warmed up and exercised, the pain may disappear or decrease for some time.

The neck, shoulder area, hips, knee surroundings, jaw joint areas, head, face, and eye surroundings are especially often affected. When the neck and head area is affected, the pain often takes the form of a common headache.

Other symptoms of fibromyalgia are:

- Muscular stiffness, especially in the morning.
- Mental and physical fatigue.
- Poor quality of sleep. The deep part of the sleep is especially affected.
- Muscular tension.
- Dizziness.
- Anxious feelings.
- Depressive feelings.
- Disturbances in bowel function like diarrhoea, constipation, pain and bloating.
- Bladder irritability.
- Increased sensitivity to and irritability from sensorial stimuli, like light, sounds and touch.
- Dry mouth, eyes and skin.
- Pain during menstruation

The disease does not give any anatomical and tissue changes in the first place, but inactivity, tension and poor circulation may in the long run affect the body shape and give inflammatory reactions.

THE CAUSES AND MECHANISMS OF FIBROMYALGIA

The exact causes of fibromyalgia are not yet fully understood. An injury to the upper spinal region may trigger the disease. Bacterial and viral infections may also be an initial cause of the disease. Fibromyalgia sufferers often have a magnesium deficiency.

The initial causes seem to alter the production and secretion of transmitter substances in the brain and nervous system, especially serotonin, melatonin and substance P. Neurotransmitters carries signals from one nerve cell to another. Some signals from the central nervous system to the body may therefore be increased, and other decreased, producing the symptoms of the disease. The disturbed nerve signals then produce the following functional changes that give the symptoms of the disease:

- An increased activity in brain parts, giving anxiety and disturbing the deep sleep.
- A decreased activity in other brain parts, producing depressive symptoms.
- An increased muscular tension during sleep.
- An increased constriction in the blood vessels in the muscular and joint structures.
- Decreasing blood flow in the muscles and joint areas due to increased muscular tension and blood vessel constrictions.
- A decreased activity of glands producing saliva, sebum and tears.

LIFESTYLE MEASURES AND EXERCISE TO TREAT FIBROMYALGIA

It is difficult to find a treatment that completely cures the disease, but a skillful combination of lifestyle measures and sometimes also medical treatment can take away most symptoms.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia can make it difficult to attain an active lifestyle. Yet, to do work, sport activities and hobby activities will decrease the symptoms and the consequences of the disease.

Regular training will greatly decrease the symptoms of the disease. The training should engage all the muscles of the body and also include exercises that improve the condition.

A combination of muscle strength training as for example weight-lifting and condition training as jogging will be especially useful. Swimming exercises both the muscular strength and the condition at the same time, but the water should not be cold.

In the beginning, the training sessions should be short and easy, but they should be made longer and heavier as one gets used to training activities.

Relaxation techniques like autogenous training and meditation can help to normalize the function of the nervous system and increase the blood flow to the muscles.

Physical yoga can help to reduce stiffness, increase the blood flow and reduce anatomical defects in the joints and muscles.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia will often cause sufferers to believe that they manage less than they actually do. It may be useful for the sufferer from fibromyalgia to seek counselling to help him normalize his activity levels, or adopt a higher activity level compatible with his disease.

A healthy diet is important. The food should be as natural as possible, and include food sources like: Vegetables, fruit, full corn bread or cereals, nuts, almonds, fish, seafood, fouls and mushrooms.

You should avoid great amounts of fat meat, fat cheese or saturated fat from milk and red meat. You should also avoid great amounts of soy oil or corn oil. You should not use margarine and avoid food containing chemically altered fat. Great amounts of all the mentioned fat types tend to deteriorate the blood circulation and increase inflammatory reactions.

You should consume fish oil, olive oil, rape oil, canola oil, nut oil and sunflower oil, or food containing these type of fat like olives, nuts, sunflower seeds and fat fish, because the fat you then consume will decrease inflammatory reactions in the muscles and joint areas.

MEDICAL TREATMENT OF FIBROMYALGIA

Certain types of medication can be used to relieve the symptoms for a time, but should generally not be used permanently:

- Analgesics can reduce the pain in the tender points.
- Antidepressant can help to take away depressive feelings and improve the sleep.
- Muscle relaxant at bedtime can help to relax during sleep.

On the market you will also find alternative drugs to treat fibromyalgia, based on herbs, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. These drugs contain ingredients to give several useful effects:

- To repair nutritional deficiencies found by fibromyalgia
- To normalize the production of neurotransmitters and thereby improve the local blood circulation in muscles and joint surroundings.
- To improve sleep and relaxation in the muscles during sleep.
- To help for tiredness.
- To reduce pain by an analgesic effect.

Examples of ingredients found in such medicines are:

- Magnesium - To cure deficiency in the bodys magnesium level.
- 5-HTP - A serotonin precursor to help against serotonin deficiency and thereby improve local blood circulation.
- Melatonin - To improve sleep and relaxation during sleep.
- Rhodiola Rosea extract - To help against fatigue.
- Ginger Root - To treat pain and inflammation in muscles and joints.

Classical massage or other types of physical therapi, for example a couple of times each week, can also help to increase blood flow, reduce tension, reduce stiffness and thereby take away pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Chronic, severe persistent widespread pain?
    My name is Ryan, male, and I live in Australia. I'm 27 turning 28 this year. I'll get straight to the point. This question is about pain. For the last 12 months, I have been experiencing chronic, severe persistent pain that is not localised to one area. It is widespread. The pain is a combination of bone, nerve, tissue and muscle pain. I'll start from the bottom and work my way up. Every morning when I wake up and get out of bed, as soon as my feet hit the floor and start to walk, it feels like I'm walking on broken glass. Then, within about 5 minutes, both of my calf and thigh muscles begin to cramp...this lasts ALL DAY..even at rest. Then my hips, ankles and kness start to throb and pound...again, this lasts ALL DAY. After sitting on the toilet for 5 minutes, my buttocks goes completely numb, and my feet get pins and needles in them. By the time I hit the shower my lower and upper back slowly begins to sting, burn, pound, throb, and ache..all at the same time. When I come out of the shower, my neck feels like I've had whiplash, and the pain is so bad I get stabbing pains behind both eyes, jaw pain, and a rotten headache sets in. I blow my nose, and blood comes out. I brush my teeth and blood comes out. After the shower, all of the joints in my arms sting and ache: hands, forearms, biceps, and shoulders are all in wretched agony, including the chestplate, sternum and both colarbones. All of my ribs feel like they have been smashed in with a cricket bat. By the time I get to the front door, I feel chest pain, and a sneeze of a cough is enough to send stinging pains down my arms and into my fingers. The I get in the car and I need to have some Ventolin inhaler because I can't breathe. ALL OF THIS GOES ON ALL DAY. This is what happens at night: I go to sleep cool, wake up a few hours later cold, so I put a quilt on. Then I start to over-heat and my legs are saturated in sweat. So, I kick off the duna, and I start to get chills and goosebumps. Then I feel small muscle spasms in all four limbs. I have cold shower, put clean clothes on, and I'm sweating and hot again. Within an hour, cool down, and wake up to start the next day...fatigued and lethargic..with a fever, and then red dots and a rash appears on both of my inner forearms. Well, I suppose thats it. I've been to over 15 doctors in the last 12 months, and NOT ONE OF THEM has succeeded in finding the origin of the pain. They can't find the source of the pain. They say "Idiopathic"- "no diagnosis" basically. I have no history of mental illness or illegal drug use. For God's sake, it feels like I've got bone cancer from head to toe. My Grandad died from that when he was 74. I am not blowing this out of proportion. Please be thoughtful and considerate with your replies. Be honest though, if you think I need to be tested for bone cancer, just say so. I'm worn out. Thanks Folks.

    • ANSWER:
      I've had some of your symptoms. I was misdiagnosed for decades and finally diagnosed my conditions from online research.

      From your list of symptoms i will list what my reasons were...

      Pain all over (severe magnesium deficiency, hypothyroidism). Vitamin D deficiency is another noted cause however.

      Pain on standing (cellular thyroid resistance/insensitivity as i've had this symptom for over 24 years with normal labs - this is a neurological symptom that has improved dramatically over the past year with thyroid treatment)

      Numbness when i sit too long (neurological symptom that showed up after Hashitoxicosis - hyperthyroid flare with Hashimoto's thyroiditis)

      Muscle cramps (magnesium deficiency, hypothyroidism)

      Shortness of breath (anaemia, magnesium deficiency, hypothyroidism)

      Pins and needles (autoimmune pernicious anaemia, magnesium deficiency, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism)

      Numbness (autoimmune pernicious anaemia, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, magnesium deficiency, calcium deficiency)

      Fatigue (autoimmune pernicious anaemia, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, magnesium deficiency, vitamin D deficiency, ovarian cyst)

      Excessive sweating (autoimmune pernicious anaemia, hyperthyroidism, magnesium deficiency)

      Blood clotting issues (autoimmune pernicious anaemia)

      Chest pain (autoimmune pernicious anaemia)

      Bone pain (vitamin D deficiency)

      Peripheral Neuropathy:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peripheral_neuropathy

      Petechiae causes:
      http://www.healthblurbs.com/petechiae-causes-tiny-red-skin-dots-little-red-skin-spots-pinpoint-red-rash-symptoms/

      Fibromyalgia causes:
      http://www.easy-immune-health.com/fibromyalgia-cause.html

      Australian Health Directory - Neurologists:
      http://www.healthdirectory.com.au/Medical_specialists/Neurology/search

      Australian Health Directory - Haematologists:
      http://www.healthdirectory.com.au/Medical_specialists/Haematology/search

  2. QUESTION:
    Help? Really Bad Period Pains :(?
    I've just found out I'm on my period :( But over the past 2 years i've suffered really badly from the pains. It got soo bad that one night the pain wouldnt go away. I took a hot bath, took iburofen, tried exercise and even had a hot water bottle. The pain was unbearable and made me cry all night. This keeps occuring and there's nothing I can do. I don't know if this is common or whether there is a specific medication for this. I also tried co codamol a year ago which worked perfectly but then i just kept taking them all the time and my body became used to it so now it doesn't work unless i take 3 :( Then i even turned to codine which is what doctors give to women that have just given birth!!! I know i seriously need help from someone, just to get rid of the pain. I'm only 16 and my mam won't let me take birth control or have anything done because she says that it can sometimes go wrong and leave some women infertile :( Anybody please help :( !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      A few quick things:

      Period pain that goes beyond cramps that can be relieved by normal painkillers IS NOT NORMAL.
      Irregular cycles or missing periods IS NOT NORMAL.
      Periods that are accompanied by clots that are painful to pass IS NOT NORMAL.
      Period pain that goes beyond a few days (and continues past you actually having a period) IS NOT NORMAL.
      Leg, back and tailbone pain IS NOT NORMAL.
      Pain with any sort of bowel movement IS NOT NORMAL.
      Painful sex IS NOT NORMAL.
      Nausea, vomiting, fainting, trouble walking, sitting, lying down or sleeping because of period pain IS. NOT. NORMAL.

      If you're shocked to hear this, I was too. I know the first time I read any of it I hardly believed it myself. In fact, I went years accepting this as normality before enough was enough. Two years later, after numerous doctors told me I was crazy, making things up, and over exaggerating, I finally got the go ahead from an amazing surgeon to have a diagnostic laparoscopy and was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Endometriosis.

      If you have any of these symptoms, you could have it too. It is alarming and shocking really that 1/10 women (that s more than Breast Cancer stats ladies) DO have Endometriosis, or other chronic illnesses with similar symptoms (or BOTH), such as Interstitial Cystitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or even Cancers like Ovarian Cancer or Uterine Cancer.

      40% of women with Endometriosis are infertile and many (like myself) suffer in everyday pain. There ARE treatments available, but unfortunately they all play out differently with every woman. One treatment might work for one that does nothing for another.

      It absolutely breaks my heart that some of you beautiful people will only figure out too late that you have this disease. Unfortunately symptoms are not indicative of severity - someone with Stage 1 Endometriosis can suffer daily excruciating pain whilst someone completely riddled at Stage 5 can never know until they, for example, start trying to have kids, or before it takes a nasty turn and turns cancerous.

      The point is, symptoms like these are passed off as normal MUCH TOO OFTEN.

      They are, contrary to popular belief, NOT IN ANY WAY NORMAL. Please please PLEASE get yourself checked out if you are constantly in pain, or think something might be wrong. This isn t meant to scare, but to inform you. There is too little education about these diseases out there, and I hate seeing so many people suffering when there is a possibility for effective treatment, or at least (like for me), an ANSWER to why you re experiencing this.

      Please don t hesitate to message me - I will answer questions, talk to you and do whatever I can to help if you need it.

      And once again, if you suffer any of these symptoms, PLEASE get yourself checked by a specialist - and if they don t take you seriously (which is unfortunately too common), SEE SOMEONE ELSE. It took around 10 doctors and 10 years of suffering and 2 years of looking for answers for me to even get a mere diagnosis.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do you cure lower back pain?
    Okay so I've been sexually active & for a while I thought I was pregnant because of the constant lower back pain but I had my period & my lower back is still in pain , what can I do to make it stop , I'm only 14 is it even common for 14 year olds to have back pain? What could be causing it?

    • ANSWER:
      A few quick things:

      Period pain that goes beyond cramps that can be relieved by normal painkillers IS NOT NORMAL.
      Irregular cycles or missing periods IS NOT NORMAL.
      Periods that are accompanied by clots that are painful to pass IS NOT NORMAL.
      Period pain that goes beyond a few days (and continues past you actually having a period) IS NOT NORMAL.
      Leg, back and tailbone pain IS NOT NORMAL.
      Pain with any sort of bowel movement IS NOT NORMAL.
      Painful sex IS NOT NORMAL.
      Nausea, vomiting, fainting, trouble walking, sitting, lying down or sleeping because of period pain IS. NOT. NORMAL.

      If you're shocked to hear this, I was too. I know the first time I read any of it I hardly believed it myself. In fact, I went years accepting this as normality before enough was enough. Two years later, after numerous doctors told me I was crazy, making things up, and over exaggerating, I finally got the go ahead from an amazing surgeon to have a diagnostic laparoscopy and was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Endometriosis.

      If you have any of these symptoms, you could have it too. It is alarming and shocking really that 1/10 women (that s more than Breast Cancer stats ladies) DO have Endometriosis, or other chronic illnesses with similar symptoms (or BOTH), such as Interstitial Cystitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or even Cancers like Ovarian Cancer or Uterine Cancer.

      40% of women with Endometriosis are infertile and many (like myself) suffer in everyday pain. There ARE treatments available, but unfortunately they all play out differently with every woman. One treatment might work for one that does nothing for another.

      It absolutely breaks my heart that some of you beautiful people will only figure out too late that you have this disease. Unfortunately symptoms are not indicative of severity - someone with Stage 1 Endometriosis can suffer daily excruciating pain whilst someone completely riddled at Stage 5 can never know until they, for example, start trying to have kids, or before it takes a nasty turn and turns cancerous.

      The point is, symptoms like these are passed off as normal MUCH TOO OFTEN.

      They are, contrary to popular belief, NOT IN ANY WAY NORMAL. Please please PLEASE get yourself checked out if you are constantly in pain, or think something might be wrong. This isn t meant to scare, but to inform you. There is too little education about these diseases out there, and I hate seeing so many people suffering when there is a possibility for effective treatment, or at least (like for me), an ANSWER to why you re experiencing this.

      Please don t hesitate to message me - I will answer questions, talk to you and do whatever I can to help if you need it.

      And once again, if you suffer any of these symptoms, PLEASE get yourself checked by a specialist - and if they don t take you seriously (which is unfortunately too common), SEE SOMEONE ELSE. It took around 10 doctors and 10 years of suffering and 2 years of looking for answers for me to even get a mere diagnosis.

  4. QUESTION:
    sharp pains in my stomach and uterus during my period?
    someone please help i dont know whats going on. for the past couple of periods ive had sharp pains in my uterus and it hurts whenever i have to go to the bathroom. it didnt hurt that bad and when my period was gone it went away also my flow wasnt as heavy as it usually was. but this time when i got my period i had the same problem except it hurt a little bit more then usual. and i got really bad stomach cramps those felt sharp as well and my flow still wasnt heavy. i tried eating something yesterday and it seemed to work for a little while but it came back. i just ate something again and i am feeling a little better. i still have gas bubbles in my stomach and the pain went away for a short period of time but it came back and same with my uterus when i finished eating it stopped hurting but i still got it when i go to the bathroom. and now its back along with my stomach pain it also hurts to lay on my stomach. im still in the process of my period i got it yesterday. im 17 years old. what does any of this mean? im a little scared.

    • ANSWER:
      A few quick things:

      Period pain that goes beyond cramps that can be relieved by normal painkillers IS NOT NORMAL.
      Irregular cycles or missing periods IS NOT NORMAL.
      Periods that are accompanied by clots that are painful to pass IS NOT NORMAL.
      Period pain that goes beyond a few days (and continues past you actually having a period) IS NOT NORMAL.
      Leg, back and tailbone pain IS NOT NORMAL.
      Pain with any sort of bowel movement IS NOT NORMAL.
      Painful sex IS NOT NORMAL.
      Nausea, vomiting, fainting, trouble walking, sitting, lying down or sleeping because of period pain IS. NOT. NORMAL.

      If you're shocked to hear this, I was too. I know the first time I read any of it I hardly believed it myself. In fact, I went years accepting this as normality before enough was enough. Two years later, after numerous doctors told me I was crazy, making things up, and over exaggerating, I finally got the go ahead from an amazing surgeon to have a diagnostic laparoscopy and was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Endometriosis.

      If you have any of these symptoms, you could have it too. It is alarming and shocking really that 1/10 women (that s more than Breast Cancer stats ladies) DO have Endometriosis, or other chronic illnesses with similar symptoms (or BOTH), such as Interstitial Cystitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or even Cancers like Ovarian Cancer or Uterine Cancer.

      40% of women with Endometriosis are infertile and many (like myself) suffer in everyday pain. There ARE treatments available, but unfortunately they all play out differently with every woman. One treatment might work for one that does nothing for another.

      It absolutely breaks my heart that some of you beautiful people will only figure out too late that you have this disease. Unfortunately symptoms are not indicative of severity - someone with Stage 1 Endometriosis can suffer daily excruciating pain whilst someone completely riddled at Stage 5 can never know until they, for example, start trying to have kids, or before it takes a nasty turn and turns cancerous.

      The point is, symptoms like these are passed off as normal MUCH TOO OFTEN.

      They are, contrary to popular belief, NOT IN ANY WAY NORMAL. Please please PLEASE get yourself checked out if you are constantly in pain, or think something might be wrong. This isn t meant to scare, but to inform you. There is too little education about these diseases out there, and I hate seeing so many people suffering when there is a possibility for effective treatment, or at least (like for me), an ANSWER to why you re experiencing this.

      Please don t hesitate to message me - I will answer questions, talk to you and do whatever I can to help if you need it.

      And once again, if you suffer any of these symptoms, PLEASE get yourself checked by a specialist - and if they don t take you seriously (which is unfortunately too common), SEE SOMEONE ELSE. It took around 10 doctors and 10 years of suffering and 2 years of looking for answers for me to even get a mere diagnosis.

  5. QUESTION:
    Please help me, severely ill when having my period, need help to stop being sick and pain?
    Ok I get my period for 10 days in every 28 day cycle, but my periods are really heavy, The pads that are meant to last 8 hours just about last two with me, I throw up numerous times each day I get crippling cramps and i get very dizzy and hot spells. I went to the hospital twice for this because my mum was worried they said it is fine, But i need something to help, Im only 14 and really need something,
    Any ideas to make the period less, or stop the sickness dizzyness hot spells r cramps. Or just help with the pain... thank you,

    • ANSWER:
      A few quick things:

      Period pain that goes beyond cramps that can be relieved by normal painkillers IS NOT NORMAL.
      Irregular cycles or missing periods IS NOT NORMAL.
      Periods that are accompanied by clots that are painful to pass IS NOT NORMAL.
      Period pain that goes beyond a few days (and continues past you actually having a period) IS NOT NORMAL.
      Leg, back and tailbone pain IS NOT NORMAL.
      Pain with any sort of bowel movement IS NOT NORMAL.
      Painful sex IS NOT NORMAL.
      Nausea, vomiting, fainting, trouble walking, sitting, lying down or sleeping because of period pain IS. NOT. NORMAL.

      If you're shocked to hear this, I was too. I know the first time I read any of it I hardly believed it myself. In fact, I went years accepting this as normality before enough was enough. Two years later, after numerous doctors told me I was crazy, making things up, and over exaggerating, I finally got the go ahead from an amazing surgeon to have a diagnostic laparoscopy and was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Endometriosis.

      If you have any of these symptoms, you could have it too. It is alarming and shocking really that 1/10 women (that s more than Breast Cancer stats ladies) DO have Endometriosis, or other chronic illnesses with similar symptoms (or BOTH), such as Interstitial Cystitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or even Cancers like Ovarian Cancer or Uterine Cancer.

      40% of women with Endometriosis are infertile and many (like myself) suffer in everyday pain. There ARE treatments available, but unfortunately they all play out differently with every woman. One treatment might work for one that does nothing for another.

      It absolutely breaks my heart that some of you beautiful people will only figure out too late that you have this disease. Unfortunately symptoms are not indicative of severity - someone with Stage 1 Endometriosis can suffer daily excruciating pain whilst someone completely riddled at Stage 5 can never know until they, for example, start trying to have kids, or before it takes a nasty turn and turns cancerous.

      The point is, symptoms like these are passed off as normal MUCH TOO OFTEN.

      They are, contrary to popular belief, NOT IN ANY WAY NORMAL. Please please PLEASE get yourself checked out if you are constantly in pain, or think something might be wrong. This isn t meant to scare, but to inform you. There is too little education about these diseases out there, and I hate seeing so many people suffering when there is a possibility for effective treatment, or at least (like for me), an ANSWER to why you re experiencing this.

      Please don t hesitate to message me - I will answer questions, talk to you and do whatever I can to help if you need it.

      And once again, if you suffer any of these symptoms, PLEASE get yourself checked by a specialist - and if they don t take you seriously (which is unfortunately too common), SEE SOMEONE ELSE. It took around 10 doctors and 10 years of suffering and 2 years of looking for answers for me to even get a mere diagnosis.

  6. QUESTION:
    Key signs that I could have endometriosis?
    I've recently (for about 4 months) have been getting random pains in my lower abdominal area and it makes me literally have to stop what I'm doing and bend over clutching my stomach. It feels like someone is jabbing a knife into me for a few seconds and it goes away. I have a feeling that its endometriosis and I was wondering if anyone knew signs of endometriosis so I can be sure? I'll be seeing the doctor soon too by the way.

    • ANSWER:
      A few quick things:

      The other person that answered this question is speaking complete rubbish. I mean "no obvious symptoms"? I think constant excruciating pain is obvious enough. Also her saying she has a herbal remedy that can "eradicate the disease" is a lie. There is no cure, only treatments, and for a lot of women, me included, nothing helps my pain.

      Secondly, to answer your question:

      Period pain that goes beyond cramps that can be relieved by normal painkillers IS NOT NORMAL.
      Irregular cycles or missing periods IS NOT NORMAL.
      Periods that are accompanied by clots that are painful to pass IS NOT NORMAL.
      Period pain that goes beyond a few days (and continues past you actually having a period) IS NOT NORMAL.
      Leg, back and tailbone pain IS NOT NORMAL.
      Pain with any sort of bowel movement IS NOT NORMAL.
      Painful sex IS NOT NORMAL.
      Nausea, vomiting, fainting, trouble walking, sitting, lying down or sleeping because of period pain IS. NOT. NORMAL.

      If you're shocked to hear that these are "symptoms", I was too. I know the first time I read any of it I hardly believed it myself. In fact, I went years accepting this as normality before enough was enough. Two years later, after numerous doctors told me I was crazy, making things up, and over exaggerating, I finally got the go ahead from an amazing surgeon to have a diagnostic laparoscopy and was diagnosed with Endometriosis.

      If you have any of these symptoms, you could have it too. It is alarming and shocking really that 1/10 women (that s more than Breast Cancer stats ladies) DO have Endometriosis, or other chronic illnesses with similar symptoms (or BOTH), such as Interstitial Cystitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or even Cancers like Ovarian Cancer or Uterine Cancer.

      40% of women with Endometriosis are infertile and many (like myself) suffer in everyday pain. There ARE treatments available, but unfortunately they all play out differently with every woman. One treatment might work for one that does nothing for another.

      Unfortunately symptoms are not indicative of severity - someone with Stage 1 Endometriosis can suffer daily excruciating pain whilst someone completely riddled at Stage 5 can never know until they, for example, start trying to have kids, or before it takes a nasty turn and turns cancerous.

      The point is, symptoms like these are passed off as normal MUCH TOO OFTEN.

      They are, contrary to popular belief, NOT IN ANY WAY NORMAL. Please please PLEASE get yourself checked out if you are constantly in pain, or think something might be wrong. This isn t meant to scare, but to inform you. There is too little education about these diseases out there, and I hate seeing so many people suffering when there is a possibility for effective treatment, or at least (like for me), an ANSWER to why you re experiencing this.

      The only way to be diagnosed is through an operation called a laparoscopy. There they can diagnosed and remove the disease (which unfortunately almost always grows back). But this is the only way to be diagnosed, ultrasounds do not suffice and don't let any doctor tell you any different.

      Please don t hesitate to message me - I will answer questions, talk to you and do whatever I can to help if you need it.

      And once again, if you suffer any of these symptoms, PLEASE get yourself checked by a specialist - and if they don t take you seriously (which is unfortunately too common), SEE SOMEONE ELSE. It took around 10 doctors and 10 years of suffering and 2 years of looking for answers for me to even get a mere diagnosis.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone else experience this?
    Every month my period i get hurrendous pains,where i take ibuprofen and paracetamol, and i then after 4 hours, have to take more again continuously because they are that terrible. The pains disturb my sleep everynight and i find my self taking more tablets. I am heavy on my periods and it lasts 8 days,i am 16.

    Does anyone else experience these pains? Or should i go the doctors to see if they can prescribe me anything stronger?

    • ANSWER:
      A few quick things:

      Period pain that goes beyond cramps that can be relieved by normal painkillers IS NOT NORMAL.
      Irregular cycles or missing periods IS NOT NORMAL.
      Periods that are accompanied by clots that are painful to pass IS NOT NORMAL.
      Period pain that goes beyond a few days (and continues past you actually having a period) IS NOT NORMAL.
      Leg, back and tailbone pain IS NOT NORMAL.
      Pain with any sort of bowel movement IS NOT NORMAL.
      Painful sex IS NOT NORMAL.
      Nausea, vomiting, fainting, trouble walking, sitting, lying down or sleeping because of period pain IS. NOT. NORMAL.

      If you're shocked to hear this, I was too. I know the first time I read any of it I hardly believed it myself. In fact, I went years accepting this as normality before enough was enough. Two years later, after numerous doctors told me I was crazy, making things up, and over exaggerating, I finally got the go ahead from an amazing surgeon to have a diagnostic laparoscopy and was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Endometriosis.

      If you have any of these symptoms, you could have it too. It is alarming and shocking really that 1/10 women (that s more than Breast Cancer stats ladies) DO have Endometriosis, or other chronic illnesses with similar symptoms (or BOTH), such as Interstitial Cystitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or even Cancers like Ovarian Cancer or Uterine Cancer.

      40% of women with Endometriosis are infertile and many (like myself) suffer in everyday pain. There ARE treatments available, but unfortunately they all play out differently with every woman. One treatment might work for one that does nothing for another.

      It absolutely breaks my heart that some of you beautiful people will only figure out too late that you have this disease. Unfortunately symptoms are not indicative of severity - someone with Stage 1 Endometriosis can suffer daily excruciating pain whilst someone completely riddled at Stage 5 can never know until they, for example, start trying to have kids, or before it takes a nasty turn and turns cancerous.

      The point is, symptoms like these are passed off as normal MUCH TOO OFTEN.

      They are, contrary to popular belief, NOT IN ANY WAY NORMAL. Please please PLEASE get yourself checked out if you are constantly in pain, or think something might be wrong. This isn t meant to scare, but to inform you. There is too little education about these diseases out there, and I hate seeing so many people suffering when there is a possibility for effective treatment, or at least (like for me), an ANSWER to why you re experiencing this.

      Please don t hesitate to message me - I will answer questions, talk to you and do whatever I can to help if you need it.

      And once again, if you suffer any of these symptoms, PLEASE get yourself checked by a specialist - and if they don t take you seriously (which is unfortunately too common), SEE SOMEONE ELSE. It took around 10 doctors and 10 years of suffering and 2 years of looking for answers for me to even get a mere diagnosis.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why am I throwing up when I come on my period?
    I've been having periods for a few years now and never had problems with them before. However last month when i came on my period about half an hour after coming on, I started getting extreme period pain, which I don't normally suffer with, it was so extreme i was in tears and was lying on the floor, the painkillers didn't help. A little later, maybe an hour, I threw up and instantly felt better, but the doctors still did some tests on me and told me I had a urine infection, which was why i was suffering so badly. My period was also a bit lighter than usual. I am now convinced this wasn't a urine infection as the exact same happened this month. I came on, suffered from extreme pain, painkillers didn't help, took a bath to ease the pain and once I got out, I threw up but felt better again straight after.

    I am also sexually active.
    what could this be/ what could be causing this sudden change in my periods?

    • ANSWER:
      A few quick things:

      Period pain that goes beyond cramps that can be relieved by normal painkillers IS NOT NORMAL.
      Irregular cycles or missing periods IS NOT NORMAL.
      Periods that are accompanied by clots that are painful to pass IS NOT NORMAL.
      Period pain that goes beyond a few days (and continues past you actually having a period) IS NOT NORMAL.
      Leg, back and tailbone pain IS NOT NORMAL.
      Pain with any sort of bowel movement IS NOT NORMAL.
      Painful sex IS NOT NORMAL.
      Nausea, vomiting, fainting, trouble walking, sitting, lying down or sleeping because of period pain IS. NOT. NORMAL.

      If you're shocked to hear this, I was too. I know the first time I read any of it I hardly believed it myself. In fact, I went years accepting this as normality before enough was enough. Two years later, after numerous doctors told me I was crazy, making things up, and over exaggerating, I finally got the go ahead from an amazing surgeon to have a diagnostic laparoscopy and was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Endometriosis.

      If you have any of these symptoms, you could have it too. It is alarming and shocking really that 1/10 women (that s more than Breast Cancer stats ladies) DO have Endometriosis, or other chronic illnesses with similar symptoms (or BOTH), such as Interstitial Cystitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or even Cancers like Ovarian Cancer or Uterine Cancer.

      40% of women with Endometriosis are infertile and many (like myself) suffer in everyday pain. There ARE treatments available, but unfortunately they all play out differently with every woman. One treatment might work for one that does nothing for another.

      It absolutely breaks my heart that some of you beautiful people will only figure out too late that you have this disease. Unfortunately symptoms are not indicative of severity - someone with Stage 1 Endometriosis can suffer daily excruciating pain whilst someone completely riddled at Stage 5 can never know until they, for example, start trying to have kids, or before it takes a nasty turn and turns cancerous.

      The point is, symptoms like these are passed off as normal MUCH TOO OFTEN.

      They are, contrary to popular belief, NOT IN ANY WAY NORMAL. Please please PLEASE get yourself checked out if you are constantly in pain, or think something might be wrong. This isn t meant to scare, but to inform you. There is too little education about these diseases out there, and I hate seeing so many people suffering when there is a possibility for effective treatment, or at least (like for me), an ANSWER to why you re experiencing this.

      Please don t hesitate to message me - I will answer questions, talk to you and do whatever I can to help if you need it.

      And once again, if you suffer any of these symptoms, PLEASE get yourself checked by a specialist - and if they don t take you seriously (which is unfortunately too common), SEE SOMEONE ELSE. It took around 10 doctors and 10 years of suffering and 2 years of looking for answers for me to even get a mere diagnosis.

  9. QUESTION:
    Could I have endometriosis?
    I have been referred to a urologist and am awaiting my first appointment. Is a urologist the right person to see if I do have endometriosis?
    My symptoms are, pelvic pain usually more on one side, back pain, pain when I urinate which comes and goes, it always hurts to some degree but sorry to be graphic but everytime I urinate its a different degree of pain. This has been getting progressively worse for years. I also have fibomyalgia and some other health problems.
    Any advice/info welcome please

    • ANSWER:
      A few quick things:

      Period pain that goes beyond cramps that can be relieved by normal painkillers IS NOT NORMAL.
      Irregular cycles or missing periods IS NOT NORMAL.
      Periods that are accompanied by clots that are painful to pass IS NOT NORMAL.
      Period pain that goes beyond a few days (and continues past you actually having a period) IS NOT NORMAL.
      Leg, back and tailbone pain IS NOT NORMAL.
      Pain with any sort of bowel movement IS NOT NORMAL.
      Painful sex IS NOT NORMAL.
      Nausea, vomiting, fainting, trouble walking, sitting, lying down or sleeping because of period pain IS. NOT. NORMAL.

      If you're shocked to hear this, I was too. I know the first time I read any of it I hardly believed it myself. In fact, I went years accepting this as normality before enough was enough. Two years later, after numerous doctors told me I was crazy, making things up, and over exaggerating, I finally got the go ahead from an amazing surgeon to have a diagnostic laparoscopy and was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Endometriosis.

      If you have any of these symptoms, you could have it too. It is alarming and shocking really that 1/10 women (that s more than Breast Cancer stats ladies) DO have Endometriosis, or other chronic illnesses with similar symptoms (or BOTH), such as Interstitial Cystitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or even Cancers like Ovarian Cancer or Uterine Cancer.

      40% of women with Endometriosis are infertile and many (like myself) suffer in everyday pain. There ARE treatments available, but unfortunately they all play out differently with every woman. One treatment might work for one that does nothing for another.

      It absolutely breaks my heart that some of you beautiful people will only figure out too late that you have this disease. Unfortunately symptoms are not indicative of severity - someone with Stage 1 Endometriosis can suffer daily excruciating pain whilst someone completely riddled at Stage 5 can never know until they, for example, start trying to have kids, or before it takes a nasty turn and turns cancerous.

      The point is, symptoms like these are passed off as normal MUCH TOO OFTEN.

      They are, contrary to popular belief, NOT IN ANY WAY NORMAL. Please please PLEASE get yourself checked out if you are constantly in pain, or think something might be wrong. This isn t meant to scare, but to inform you. There is too little education about these diseases out there, and I hate seeing so many people suffering when there is a possibility for effective treatment, or at least (like for me), an ANSWER to why you re experiencing this.

      Please don t hesitate to message me - I will answer questions, talk to you and do whatever I can to help if you need it.

      And once again, if you suffer any of these symptoms, PLEASE get yourself checked by a specialist - and if they don t take you seriously (which is unfortunately too common), SEE SOMEONE ELSE. It took around 10 doctors and 10 years of suffering and 2 years of looking for answers for me to even get a mere diagnosis

  10. QUESTION:
    Ok how to stop throwing up or being dizzy when on period?
    Ok I get my period for 10 days in every 28 day cycle, but my periods are really heavy, The pads that are meant to last 8 hours just about last two with me, I throw up numerous times each day I get crippling cramps and i get very dizzy and hot spells. I went to the hospital twice for this because my mum was worried they said it is fine, But i need something to help, Im only 14 and really need something,
    Any ideas to make the period less, or stop the sickness dizzyness hot spells r cramps. Or just help with the pain... thank you,

    • ANSWER:
      A few quick things:

      Period pain that goes beyond cramps that can be relieved by normal painkillers IS NOT NORMAL.
      Irregular cycles or missing periods IS NOT NORMAL.
      Periods that are accompanied by clots that are painful to pass IS NOT NORMAL.
      Period pain that goes beyond a few days (and continues past you actually having a period) IS NOT NORMAL.
      Leg, back and tailbone pain IS NOT NORMAL.
      Pain with any sort of bowel movement IS NOT NORMAL.
      Painful sex IS NOT NORMAL.
      Nausea, vomiting, fainting, trouble walking, sitting, lying down or sleeping because of period pain IS. NOT. NORMAL.

      If you're shocked to hear this, I was too. I know the first time I read any of it I hardly believed it myself. In fact, I went years accepting this as normality before enough was enough. Two years later, after numerous doctors told me I was crazy, making things up, and over exaggerating, I finally got the go ahead from an amazing surgeon to have a diagnostic laparoscopy and was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Endometriosis.

      If you have any of these symptoms, you could have it too. It is alarming and shocking really that 1/10 women (that s more than Breast Cancer stats ladies) DO have Endometriosis, or other chronic illnesses with similar symptoms (or BOTH), such as Interstitial Cystitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or even Cancers like Ovarian Cancer or Uterine Cancer.

      40% of women with Endometriosis are infertile and many (like myself) suffer in everyday pain. There ARE treatments available, but unfortunately they all play out differently with every woman. One treatment might work for one that does nothing for another.

      It absolutely breaks my heart that some of you beautiful people will only figure out too late that you have this disease. Unfortunately symptoms are not indicative of severity - someone with Stage 1 Endometriosis can suffer daily excruciating pain whilst someone completely riddled at Stage 5 can never know until they, for example, start trying to have kids, or before it takes a nasty turn and turns cancerous.

      The point is, symptoms like these are passed off as normal MUCH TOO OFTEN.

      They are, contrary to popular belief, NOT IN ANY WAY NORMAL. Please please PLEASE get yourself checked out if you are constantly in pain, or think something might be wrong. This isn t meant to scare, but to inform you. There is too little education about these diseases out there, and I hate seeing so many people suffering when there is a possibility for effective treatment, or at least (like for me), an ANSWER to why you re experiencing this.

      Please don t hesitate to message me - I will answer questions, talk to you and do whatever I can to help if you need it.

      And once again, if you suffer any of these symptoms, PLEASE get yourself checked by a specialist - and if they don t take you seriously (which is unfortunately too common), SEE SOMEONE ELSE. It took around 10 doctors and 10 years of suffering and 2 years of looking for answers for me to even get a mere diagnosis.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can I still visit the hospital?
    Okay today right now I'm having abdomen pain, I can't stand it. I'm feeling dizzy and everything, idk if I'm pregnant or not my period is due on next month I think?

    Can I visit the hospital even if I didn't payed the bills from the hospital last time I went? I still owe money, can I go and get a blood test? And if I go how long will they tell me what the blood test says?

    • ANSWER:
      A few quick things:

      Period pain that goes beyond cramps that can be relieved by normal painkillers IS NOT NORMAL.
      Irregular cycles or missing periods IS NOT NORMAL.
      Periods that are accompanied by clots that are painful to pass IS NOT NORMAL.
      Period pain that goes beyond a few days (and continues past you actually having a period) IS NOT NORMAL.
      Leg, back and tailbone pain IS NOT NORMAL.
      Pain with any sort of bowel movement IS NOT NORMAL.
      Painful sex IS NOT NORMAL.
      Nausea, vomiting, fainting, trouble walking, sitting, lying down or sleeping because of period pain IS. NOT. NORMAL.

      If you're shocked to hear this, I was too. I know the first time I read any of it I hardly believed it myself. In fact, I went years accepting this as normality before enough was enough. Two years later, after numerous doctors told me I was crazy, making things up, and over exaggerating, I finally got the go ahead from an amazing surgeon to have a diagnostic laparoscopy and was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Endometriosis.

      If you have any of these symptoms, you could have it too. It is alarming and shocking really that 1/10 women (that s more than Breast Cancer stats ladies) DO have Endometriosis, or other chronic illnesses with similar symptoms (or BOTH), such as Interstitial Cystitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or even Cancers like Ovarian Cancer or Uterine Cancer.

      40% of women with Endometriosis are infertile and many (like myself) suffer in everyday pain. There ARE treatments available, but unfortunately they all play out differently with every woman. One treatment might work for one that does nothing for another.

      It absolutely breaks my heart that some of you beautiful people will only figure out too late that you have this disease. Unfortunately symptoms are not indicative of severity - someone with Stage 1 Endometriosis can suffer daily excruciating pain whilst someone completely riddled at Stage 5 can never know until they, for example, start trying to have kids, or before it takes a nasty turn and turns cancerous.

      The point is, symptoms like these are passed off as normal MUCH TOO OFTEN.

      They are, contrary to popular belief, NOT IN ANY WAY NORMAL. Please please PLEASE get yourself checked out if you are constantly in pain, or think something might be wrong. This isn t meant to scare, but to inform you. There is too little education about these diseases out there, and I hate seeing so many people suffering when there is a possibility for effective treatment, or at least (like for me), an ANSWER to why you re experiencing this.

      Please don t hesitate to message me - I will answer questions, talk to you and do whatever I can to help if you need it.

      And once again, if you suffer any of these symptoms, PLEASE get yourself checked by a specialist - and if they don t take you seriously (which is unfortunately too common), SEE SOMEONE ELSE. It took around 10 doctors and 10 years of suffering and 2 years of looking for answers for me to even get a mere diagnosis.

  12. QUESTION:
    I have a period problem. Woman please help me!?
    Hi, I'm 13 almost 14. I started my period a year ago. From the first time I had my period I have had problems. I get the worse pain in my stomach it feels like someone is stabbing me over and over again. Also I get sharp pains in my vagina and butt hole! I have no clue what to do! I cry over it all the time it's hard to go to school. I've missed so many days of school. My mom finally took me to the doctors they gave me birth control they said it should work in 2 months. Its been 2 months! I'm supposed to go back and get an ultrasound. But I can't wait any longer. Many people on my moms side has endometriosis. Can you tell me the symptoms of endometriosis? And what to take to ease the pain. I've tried everything, over the counter pain medication, and even very strong pain medicine (I took from my step dad because I couldn't take the pain) And is there anything else I could possibly have?

    • ANSWER:
      A few quick things:

      Period pain that goes beyond cramps that can be relieved by normal painkillers IS NOT NORMAL.
      Irregular cycles or missing periods IS NOT NORMAL.
      Periods that are accompanied by clots that are painful to pass IS NOT NORMAL.
      Period pain that goes beyond a few days (and continues past you actually having a period) IS NOT NORMAL.
      Leg, back and tailbone pain IS NOT NORMAL.
      Pain with any sort of bowel movement IS NOT NORMAL.
      Painful sex IS NOT NORMAL.
      Nausea, vomiting, fainting, trouble walking, sitting, lying down or sleeping because of period pain IS. NOT. NORMAL.

      If you're shocked to hear this, I was too. I know the first time I read any of it I hardly believed it myself. In fact, I went years accepting this as normality before enough was enough. Two years later, after numerous doctors told me I was crazy, making things up, and over exaggerating, I finally got the go ahead from an amazing surgeon to have a diagnostic laparoscopy and was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Endometriosis.

      If you have any of these symptoms, you could have it too. It is alarming and shocking really that 1/10 women (that s more than Breast Cancer stats ladies) DO have Endometriosis, or other chronic illnesses with similar symptoms (or BOTH), such as Interstitial Cystitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or even Cancers like Ovarian Cancer or Uterine Cancer.

      40% of women with Endometriosis are infertile and many (like myself) suffer in everyday pain. There ARE treatments available, but unfortunately they all play out differently with every woman. One treatment might work for one that does nothing for another.

      It absolutely breaks my heart that some of you beautiful people will only figure out too late that you have this disease. Unfortunately symptoms are not indicative of severity - someone with Stage 1 Endometriosis can suffer daily excruciating pain whilst someone completely riddled at Stage 5 can never know until they, for example, start trying to have kids, or before it takes a nasty turn and turns cancerous.

      The point is, symptoms like these are passed off as normal MUCH TOO OFTEN.

      They are, contrary to popular belief, NOT IN ANY WAY NORMAL. Please please PLEASE get yourself checked out if you are constantly in pain, or think something might be wrong. This isn t meant to scare, but to inform you. There is too little education about these diseases out there, and I hate seeing so many people suffering when there is a possibility for effective treatment, or at least (like for me), an ANSWER to why you re experiencing this.

      Please don t hesitate to message me - I will answer questions, talk to you and do whatever I can to help if you need it.

      And once again, if you suffer any of these symptoms, PLEASE get yourself checked by a specialist - and if they don t take you seriously (which is unfortunately too common), SEE SOMEONE ELSE. It took around 10 doctors and 10 years of suffering and 2 years of looking for answers for me to even get a mere diagnosis.

      Endometriosis is also highly hereditary. If women in your family have it, the bigger the chance you will too.


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