Can endometriosis cause other kinds of pain?
My wife asked me once how can endometriosis cause other kinds of pain, and soon after her diagnosis with stage IV deep infiltrating endometriosis, she was additionally diagnosed with fibromyalgia disorder.
I found it very interesting because endometriosis and fibromyalgia pain can often overlap, but I’ll discuss it later in this post.
In the meantime, in order to understand if endometriosis can cause other kinds of pain, you need to understand what kinds of pain endometriosis can cause in the first place.
Endometriosis types of pain.
Endometriosis can cause two main types of pain – dysmenorrhea and non-menstrual pelvic pain.
Dysmenorrhea: This is the most common type of pain associated with endometriosis. It is the cramping pain that some women experience during their period. The pain can be so severe that it can interfere with a woman’s ability to work or go to school.
Non-menstrual pelvic pain: This type of pain is not related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. It can occur at any time and can be caused by a number of different things, such as endometriosis implants or scar tissue. This type of pain can be constant or can come and go. It can range from mild to severe.
Endometriosis causes dysmenorrhea and non-menstrual pelvic pain which is worse during the period. It’s severe enough to stop women from doing their activities. Endometriosis causes lower tummy or back pain, pain during or after sex, and when peeing or pooing during the period.
But when it comes to other types, can endometriosis cause other kinds of pain? The answer is yes, endometriosis can cause other kinds of pain.
Endometriosis can cause all-over body pain, pain on the right side only, and pelvic pain that is not related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. This type of pain can be constant or can come and go, ranging from mild to severe.
And this is where things can get complicated!
Endometriosis can cause a wide variety of symptoms, depending on its location and severity of it. While pelvic pain is the most common symptom associated with endometriosis, some women also experience pain in other areas of their bodies. This can include pain in the shoulder, lower back, abdomen, or even in the legs or feet.
In some cases, endometriosis can also cause all-over body pain. If you are experiencing any type of pain that is not related to your menstrual cycle, it is important to talk to your doctor to rule out other possible causes.
In the next paragraph, I explain why endometriosis can cause widespread pain.
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- What is endometriosis?
- What are the symptoms?
- What causes endometriosis?
- What does endometriosis look like?
- What are the stages?
- What are the types?
- What is adenomyosis and how is it related to endometriosis?
- Why do some women develop severe endo and others don’t?
- Does endometriosis cause infertility?
- How is endometriosis diagnosed?
- Do types and stages affect the treatment?
- Recurrence of endometriosis after excision surgery.
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Endometriosis and fibromyalgia.
Endometriosis is a complex condition and can often be mistaken for other conditions, such as fibromyalgia.
Endometriosis can cause widespread pain due to the fact that it is an inflammatory condition. This means that when endometriosis is present, there is inflammation throughout the body, and this can lead to pain in multiple areas, as well as fatigue and other symptoms.
But again, widespread pain is often seen in women with endometriosis who also have fibromyalgia. It is important to note that not all women with endometriosis will experience widespread pain. However, it is something that can occur.
My wife has fibromyalgia and even though she can sometimes feel the difference between endometriosis pain and fibromyalgia pain clearly, sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference.
There are a few key things that can help you to distinguish between the two types of pain:
- Fibromyalgia pain is often described as achy and dull, while endometriosis pain can be sharp and stabbing.
- Fibromyalgia pain is often worse in the morning, while endometriosis pain can be worse at night.
- Fibromyalgia pain is often widespread, while endometriosis pain can be localized to the pelvis.
- For endometriosis to cause all-over body pain, it would need to be present in multiple areas.
Endometriosis pain can occur in one area only, however, it is not always the case. In some women, endometriosis can be present in only one area, such as the pelvic region, and can cause pain in that area only, in others it can be present in multiple areas and can cause pain throughout the body.
It is also worth noting that not all women with endometriosis will experience pain. Some women may have the condition and not even know it, as they do not experience any symptoms. However, for those women who do experience symptoms, pain is often the most common.
Fibromyalgia, on the other hand, is a condition that is characterized by widespread pain. This means that women with fibromyalgia will often experience pain in multiple areas of their body, and it can be constant or can come and go.
Like endometriosis, fibromyalgia is also an inflammatory condition. However, the cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown. It is thought to be related to changes in the central nervous system, which can lead to pain in multiple areas of the body.
So, while both endometriosis and fibromyalgia can cause widespread pain, they are two different conditions. If you are experiencing widespread pain, it is important to talk to your doctor to rule out other possible causes.
Endometriosis pain on the right side only!
My wife often has endometriosis pain on the right side only, and it covers her whole right side from top to bottom. This can also confuse her with fibromyalgia pain, however, endometriosis pain on the right side only can happen.
There can be a few reasons for this:
- The endometriosis may be present in only one area, such as the right ovary, and can cause pain in that area only.
- The endometriosis may be present in multiple areas, but the pain may be worse on the right side only.
- The endometriosis may be present in both ovaries, but the pain may be worse on the right side only.
Endometriosis can be partial, but apart from the right side, can endometriosis pain occur on the left side only?
Endometriosis can cause pain on the left side only, but this is less common. When endometriosis pain occurs on the left side only, it is often because the endometriosis is present in only one area, such as the left ovary, as we discussed above.
What kind of pain can endometriosis cause?
Even though it is less common, all-over-the-body pain can occur with endometriosis. When endometriosis causes all over the body pain, it is often because the endometriosis is present in multiple areas or that person also has fibromyalgia.
Without fibromyalgia, endometriosis can cause all over the body pain because it can be present in multiple areas, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, bladder, and rectum.
When endometriosis is present in multiple areas, it can cause pain in those areas but what is important for you to know is that endometriosis pain doesn’t correlate with the size of the lesions, its volume depends on the location.
When a person has extensive endometriosis but its lesions aren’t attached to various organs, that person may feel little to no pain, but there are women with small endometrial implants, and if they are attached to the bowel, bladder, or other organs, endometriosis pain can occur in these areas and can be severe.
So, can endometriosis cause other kinds of pain?
Yes. And endometriosis pain can be localized to one area or it can be widespread. Endometriosis can cause all-over body or can be on the right side only. It can be sharp, stabbing, or achy, and can come and go or be constant.
Can endometriosis cause other types of pain?
To finish off, can endometriosis cause other types of pain?
Yes, endometriosis can cause other types of pain. This is because endometriosis can be present in multiple areas, and the pain can be worse in some areas than others. Additionally, endometriosis can be present in only one area, such as the ovaries, and can cause pain in that area only.
Endometriosis pain on the right side only is more common than the one on the left. But can endometriosis cause all-over body pain without fibromyalgia being present?
Yes, endometriosis can cause all over the body pain without fibromyalgia being present. With fibromyalgia, the pain can be difficult to distinguish from endometriosis pain. However, all-over-the-body pain can occur with endometriosis without fibromyalgia being present.
Endometriosis pain can include pain in the shoulder, lower back, abdomen, or even in the legs or feet, one ovary or both ovaries, and lastly, it can be short and sharp, or dull and achy.
If you have any questions or concerns about endometriosis causing other kinds of pain, please talk to your doctor. Other than that, ask questions and spread your opinion in the comments section below.
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