5 Effective Ways to Deal With Endometriosis Pain
Unfortunately, endometriosis is infamous for its excruciating and regular pains. Of course, some women with this disease are relatively fortunate and don’t have any pain, however, others possibly including you suffer from pain that affects daily life as well as mental health.
Treatments such as laparoscopic surgery and hormonal medications can sometimes help fight some of the pain. However heavy pain that is incompletely reduced by anti-inflammatory medications is common due to the numerous mechanisms of endometriosis pain. Actually, endometriosis can also provoke pain through tissue, nerve damage, and overall inflammation.
We’ve collected five things that may help you improve your endometriosis treatment plan.
1. Visit a pelvic floor physical therapist
While different medical treatments can work wonders on endometriosis pain, they often don’t eliminate one of the most common secondary sources of this pain. This is a form of chronic pelvic pain called high tone pelvic floor dysfunction. This is how your pelvic floor tries to protect the underlying structures that are being more or less affected by pain and inflammation. This creates continuous tension called hypertonicity which can lead to chronic pain.
Pelvic floor physical therapy helps women learn how to relax these muscles using different methods such as breathing exercises, stretching, and activating trigger points. A combination of these methods along with pelvic floor physical therapy can be really helpful. You can find a pelvic floor physical therapist near you through the American Physical Therapy Association.
2. If marijuana is legal where you live, try it
If you live in an area where medicinal and/or recreational marijuana is legal, then you might talk with your provider about this popular option famous for its effectiveness in treating painful conditions.
Most experts are sure that the compounds contained in cannabis (like THC) can decrease our perception of neuropathic pain via the endocannabinoid system. This system contains cannabinoids naturally produced by your body. They are located throughout the body, including the central nervous system and brain. In fact, our cannabinoids play a big role in the transmission of nerve signals in the way the brain understands pain which means this therapy can be really helpful.
Look for a medical marijuana doctor in order to get the new treatment that can be the one that can ease or at least reduce your pain.
3. Consider trying yoga
Many women with endometriosis definitely think yoga is effective. Many yoga poses are similar to the stretches that are used in pelvic floor physical therapy. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) claims that yoga is effective in managing low-back pain. However, endometriosis is a more complex condition that causes more complex pain that’s why there’s no guarantee that yoga will help you.
Many women report that yoga has helped then alleviate stabbing cramps and back pain and decreased their symptoms dramatically.
4. Use CBD orals or topicals
Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound contained in cannabis that has no psychoactive effects but influences your endocannabinoid system, reducing pain.
According to studies, lots of CBD products have more or less CBD than they claim. So, pay attention to what you are buying and do your research to make sure you’re getting a quality product.
5. Try a TENS unit
A Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit is a device aimed to reduce pain by stimulating the nerves and affecting the body’s ability to receive pain signals.
It can be effective in treating many pains including dysmenorrhea (pain during the period), labor pain, postoperative pain, joint pain, neck pain, and back pain. While there is no research on the effectiveness of a TENS unit for endometriosis pain, many women with the condition rely on this device. Like everything on this list, a TENS unit isn’t that magic way to get rid of endometriosis pain at all but it’s worth trying something to improve your well being and live a happy life.
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