Originally Answered: How do you find relief for pain caused by endometriosis? ·
I have found it requires a holistic treatment. I was diagnosed in 2001 and have been battling endo and other problems since then. I have tried everything from Pain Management and most hormone treatments to holistic and Eastern therapies. I have also done a lot of endometriosis research.
I find that combining things is most effective. Endometriosis is estrogen dependent and also is likely from some kind of imbalance of hormones where estrogen is outweighing others.
I think it is best to find a GYN that is familiar with or specializes in endometriosis. Try a few treatments that make the pain more manageable, if not, non-existent. Hormone treatment from a GYN is #1 in my book. Then add in things like:
- turmeric (curcumin) for less inflammation
- omega-3 fish oil
- limit soy and flaxseeds (both are estrogenic)
- consult an Ayurvedic practitioner
- consult a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner
- try acupuncture
- try physical therapy for women’s health and pelvic floor disorders
- go on an elimination diet (a lot of women with endo are intolerant to gluten and dairy – meaning they aren’t allergic to it, but it makes the pain worse)
- work on stress management (studies find that stress not only makes our pain worse but makes the endometriosis grow faster)
- try yoga, meditation, qi gong, and/or tai chi
- try therapy (psychotherapy) – we deserve to vent
- consult a Naturopathic physician
- try using crystals, essential oils and other additional tools for stress reduction
- try warm epsom salt baths with a few drops of essential oils
- get good sleep
- make sure you aren’t constipated (can make pain worse)
- consult pain management
- get labs done to check for vitamin D and B12 deficiencies
- nix a lot of harsh cleaning solutions, chemicals, etc. as endo has been linked to dioxins.
- limit intake of too much fat (I read it can fuel estrogen more)
- as to take something like aygestin or birth control with an aromatase inhibitor
These are just off the top of my head. And yes, I have done and/or am currently implementing all of these.
Remember too, the pain is usually temporary or comes in waves. Things will get better. I try to always look forward to those good days and I don’t even get my period, I am on continuous aygestin (progestin).