Are you one of the one in ten women of childbearing age who suffers from endometriosis? If so, you will know that it’s more than just “period pain.” It is a potentially risky, inflammatory condition that can lead to the growth of cysts, result in pain during intercourse, cause fatigue and nausea, difficulty with bowel or urinary function, and fertility issues.
Pain from endometriosis centers in the pelvic area but can radiate to the lower back. Painkillers can treat the symptom but not the cause, so if you have endometriosis this month, you are probably still going to be looking for pelvic and back pain remedies next month.
What is endometriosis?
During a normal period, the lining of the uterus – the endometrial lining – leaves the body as part of the menstrual process. However, for an estimated 176 million women worldwide, this doesn’t happen effectively. The endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus and invades the pelvic organs, causing inflammation, persistent pain, and lesions. And because the uterus continues to grow and shed its lining, the problem can progress quickly.
Period pain and cramping are not uncommon, and it’s likely that many women who have endometriosis may not immediately realize they have the condition. Symptoms differ in intensity, from mild and short-lived cramping to severe, ongoing pelvic and back pain that persists for several days, and recurs the following month. If the pain persists, and pelvic and back pain remedies don’t work, or have limited effectiveness, then your doctor may recommend a laparoscopy – a reasonably non-invasive procedure by which endometrial tissue is removed and biopsied.
Why do some women get endometriosis?
While to some extent there may be a genetic connection (if a woman’s mother or aunt had endometriosis, she might have a higher risk of developing the condition herself) there is no conclusive resolution as to why one woman in ten has this problem. Women who have never had children are slightly more likely to develop endometriosis, and of course, it does not continue post-menopause. However, from puberty to menopause is a long time to suffer this often debilitating, hard-to-treat, recurring pain.
Doctors prefer to treat endometriosis conservatively – that is, with surgery as a last option, if at all. Common treatments for endometriosis include
- Diet and exercise
- NSAID medication
- Oral Contraceptives
- Chiropractic methods
Chiropractic treatment is often recommended as a therapy because the pain caused by endometriosis can be exacerbated by problems with spinal misalignment or with the nerves in the pelvis. A chiropractor works to correct any of these defects by manipulating the spine and joints. While no one knows the exact cause of endometriosis, studies have shown there may be a link between endometriosis and the immune system. Chiropractic methods can improve and strengthen the immune system, thereby delaying or halting the progression of the condition.
Other ways your chiropractor can help with your endometriosis
If you are looking for pelvic or back pain remedies in West Bloomfield, MI, the chiropractors at Michigan Chiropractic Specialists with work with you to help you control and cure the often debilitating pain caused by endometriosis. As well as spinal manipulation, there are lifestyle changes you can try, such as reducing your caffeine and sugar intake. A good exercise regime will not only improve your overall health but because exercise increases the feel-good hormone endorphin, a sensible level of physical activity will serve as a natural painkiller.
Don’t let “period pain” define you. Endometriosis is uncomfortable, but with early diagnosis and sensible treatment, you don’t have to wait until menopause to see the back of it.