Endometriosis

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“Endometriosis is a systemic disease with numerous immune & endocrine malfunctions that sometimes result in misplaced tissue. The misplaced tissue is similar to the lining of the uterus, but not exactly the same & is the end point of other aberrations.” — Mary Lou Ballweg (Endometriosis Association President & Founder)

Thoracic:

  • The most frequent finding in diaphragmatic implants
  • Symptoms are shortness of breath pain in the chest area, the right shoulder and upper abdomen
  • The right side is the most prevalent but left side and bilateral occur as well
  • Negative imaging does NOT rule out the presence of disease
  • Cyclic chest pain is the most common symptom but Catamenial Pneumothorax (CP) is the most common clinical sign
  • Youngest documented case study CP – age 11 years

33% of lung collapse in females were the result of thoracic endometriosis

Bowel:

  • Common complaints are frequently misdiagnosed as IBS
  • Nausea/vomiting symptoms associated with small and large intestines
  • Bowel chances with cycle alternating constipation and diarrhea
  • Even when endometriosis does NOT occur directly on the bowel, it can cause bowel symptoms

Urinary:

  • Women with urinary tract endometriosis have few or no symptoms
  • Bladder involvement often presents like Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
  • Full-thickness lesions may cause blood in urine

23% of women with extra-pelvic endometriosis do NOT have it in the pelvis

The delay in diagnosis is between 7-10 years.

Endometriosis MYTH: Doctors still tell this myth today– that you have to get pregnant or have a hysterectomy to cure endometriosis. But how would that help urinary, GI, and thoracic endometriosis?

General Practitioners

  • 63% are not comfortable in diagnosing and treating endometriosis
  • 50% are unfamiliar with the three main symptoms of the disease

68% of women with endometriosis were initially misdiagnosed with another condition

Endometriosis is one of the most excruciating pains humans can experience. Yet most people have never heard of it.

82% of women are at times unable to carry out day-to-day activities due to endometriosis.

Endometriosis takes away a woman’s ability to:

  • Have a child
  • Work continuously
  • Get an education
  • Provide for her family
  • Be intimate with partners
  • Interact with friends
  • Be physically active
  • Gain societal support
  • Escape pain
  • Get out of bed

73% have had their relationships affected by endometriosis.

Estimated economic loss per year in the U.S. due to women with endometriosis who are unable to work: $18-22 Billion

Average cost of endometriosis per woman per year is $10,762. Lost work productivity $7,265. Direct health care costs $3,497.

The financial cost to the world of endometriosis is similar to that of diabetes.

1 in 10 women have endometriosis

Over recent decades, endometriosis has been associated with the risk of several chronic diseases: cancer, autoimmune diseases, asthma or allergic manifestations, and cardiovascular disease.

A multi-disciplinary approach is needed for endometriosis, including: gynecology, urology, gastroenterology, thoracic, and (rarely) cardiology and neurology.

Source Credits: endostats.com

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