Endometriosis

24 May

This is going to be a very sensitive article – But I’d like to create awareness for this medical condition among women, especially in Mauritius. Endometriosis is a common but painful condition affecting women. Endometriosis is caused by the presence of ovarian cysts which are normally filled with blood. The old blood within these cysts looks like chocolate and so these cysts are sometimes called chocolate cysts.

Endometriosis is a condition whose causes have not been identified yet, but apparently there are a number of theories which doctors based themselves upon for example it may arise because of retrograde menstruation when, during a period, blood flows back towards the fallopian tubes rather than leaving the body in the usual way; Immune dysfunction or it may run in the family.

Very few doctors in Mauritius can really relate to this. Whenever someone suffers from acute back pain, the only conclusion most doctors reach is ‘kidney stone’ in your body. The main symptoms of Endometriosis are irregular menses and acute back pain and in the pelvic region.

Approximately 176 million women and girls worldwide suffer from endometriosis; 8.5 million in North America alone, and more than 2 million in the UK. It’s most common between the ages of 25 to 40. There’s no proven way of preventing it, but some women find that, following pregnancy, they no longer experience any problems.

Why this article? It is because I know many young women suffering from severe back ache and lower abdomen pain and the diagnosis is more than often, kidney stone. Large cysts can cause your abdomen to swell, or press on nearby structures. For example, they may press on the bladder or rectum, which may cause urinary symptoms or constipation. I had a friend who was in the same situation and was following treatment for kidney stone when in fact she had ovarian cysts. And unfortunately, the ovarian cysts were too big and this led to them rupturing which created an even more complicated situation

So women, if you are suffering from the symptoms I mentioned, it’s time to see a gynaecologist instead of a general doctor who will either diagnose a kidney stone or urine infection. Share it and create awareness amongst your closed ones – Remember it runs in the family… and can lead to infertility!

Some blogs on endometriosis to read –

Endometriosis: The Pain that causes our Pain

NHS

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2 Responses to “Endometriosis”

  1. Vania Meemea April 10, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Thanks for this article, many doctors don’t consider the need to treat women suffering from endometriosis, I am suffering from that since 3 years and sister for more than 9 years but it is so sad that in Mauritius most of the doctors especially in hospital treat that case for granted and do not care about the pain it causes to so many women. I think more awareness should be done by the ministry of health. I am very disappointed because personally i see that doctors in Mauritius are not focusing on this treatment and many women is facing a lot of problems.

  2. Maliha Bhugalee April 18, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    I totally agree with you Vania! It is sad, but there are some good gynaecologists around who are well experienced in endometriosis. The thing is that there’s no specific cure nor cause for this; so all I can say is courage. I can feel you!

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