Endometriosis and fibromyalgia treatment. How your partner can help with chronic illness?
Endometriosis and fibromyalgia treatment…
For those who don’t know my story, my wife, M, developed two chronic illnesses after I married her in 2012. Soon after her health began to decline, causing us a lot of challenges trying to find endometriosis and fibromyalgia treatment.
Many general practitioners’ wrong approach to female problems delayed my wife’s diagnosis, causing her to develop anxiety, OCD, and depression, which ultimately led her to suicidal thoughts and attempts.
Apart from not using their own common sense but following a broken system, they aren’t aware of the damage they cause to women…
First-line doctors always follow the system which is designed to treat, not to cure their patients.
My personal experience with their approach to my wife’s chronic conditions taught me not to trust the system that was designed by FDA to make money.
In my opinion, Food and Drug Administration (FDA for short) is a federal agency on top of a huge business model that approves or disapproves medicines and foods that the public consumes, making an incredible amount of money on people’s health.
General practitioners are at the bottom of this chain, prescribing us drugs, hormones, antidepressants. Many of these doctors aren’t even aware of their input into FDA’s business.
Because of the fact that they aren’t specialists in a particular chronic condition, they have a wrong approach to endometriosis and fibromyalgia treatment. They rarely truly listen to women having only 10 mins to assess them.
So, what is endometriosis and fibromyalgia treatment?
- There is no cure, it’s about the management.
- Your partner can help with chronic illness.
- Consider some medical approach…
- A holistic approach is the best.
- You have to break the pain cycle.
- Blog, to balance your health, work, and money!
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Endometriosis and fibromyalgia.
In order to understand this article, I need to explain what is endometriosis and what is fibromyalgia…
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a long-term condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Endometriosis has different types and stages. In order to truly diagnose endometriosis, you need a BSGE endometriosis specialist because no amount of general practitioners or gynecologists will ever be able to diagnose you.
Only a BSGE endometriosis specialist can do that with laparoscopic diagnostic surgery.
My wife went through countless tests, but no scan, not even MRI was able to see endometriosis lesions. She was only diagnosed with help of laparoscopy. She has an advanced stage IV deep infiltrating endometriosis.
What is fibromyalgia?
Simply put, fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain and extreme tiredness. Fibromyalgia affects 80% of women and only 20% of men.
Fibromyalgia is often triggered by a stressful event, physical or emotional stress. Possible triggers for the condition also include an injury or a viral infection.
According to Gabor Mate, chronic illnesses are the cause of unresolved childhood trauma. You can check his amazing book here – “When the Body Says No – The Cost of Hidden Stress”.
I can confirm that my wife went through a lot of trauma in her childhood, teenage years, and early adolescence. In her adult years, the physical and emotional shock of endometriosis diagnosis caused her to develop fibromyalgia the following year.
In a nutshell, this is what endometriosis and fibromyalgia are. It’s time to discuss the endometriosis and fibromyalgia treatment…
Endometriosis and fibromyalgia treatment.
Like I mentioned at the beginning, there is no cure for endometriosis and there is no cure for fibromyalgia. Many doctors will try to shove in your different kinds of pills not looking at you as an individual but as a number.
Endometriosis and fibromyalgia treatment cannot rely solely on medication, it is about the overall management.
Your partner can help with chronic illness because he will always be there by your side. You will need not only his physical support with simple chores and tasks but a lot of emotional support.
Naturally, you should consider some medications when you are desperate, but remember not to overdo it. My wife’s personal experience has shown that a holistic approach is always the best.
You have to break the pain cycle. It can be incredibly difficult because many factors affect the pain cycle, but again, your partner can help with chronic illness and the pain-stress cycle.
You and your partner will experience a lot of financial difficulties, which are unavoidable. But with the help of a blog, you will be able to balance your health, work, and money at the same time, furthermore, you will become happier than ever!
Now, let’s get to the nitty-gritty of each part…
There is no cure, it’s about the management!
Endometriosis and fibromyalgia treatment is about the management of symptoms. There is no cure for either of these conditions.
Do NOT fall into a trap of some “experts” telling you that endometriosis hysterectomy or pregnancy will magically cure your endo, This is untrue!
Endometriosis is grown not only inside your womb but also outside of it, so removing your uterus, or even fallopian tubes and ovaries will not cure endometriosis. People have a lot of misconceptions about hysterectomy.
If endometriosis reaches your bladder or bowel, no hysterectomy will help you.
The same goes for the pregnancy theory. You may halt endometriosis growth during pregnancy, but you cannot erase the lesions that are already there.
Furthermore, after you give birth, your hormones go back to their original levels and endometriosis will start to grow again.
When it comes to fibromyalgia, it’s about easing your symptoms and improving the quality of your life, but there’s currently no cure.
Your partner can help with chronic illness.
Since there is no cure for endometriosis and fibromyalgia, it can be incredibly hard for you to manage everything on your own.
Every aspect of your life can feel like a battle of survival. Just staying okay is a full-time job.
My wife struggles not only with endometriosis and fibromyalgia, but she also struggles with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression.
Chronic pain is unpredictable, you never know when your next pain flare-up is going to come. But there is also chronic fatigue, brain fog, forgetfulness, balance issues, and more. The list goes on…
To manage all that is impossible.
This is where your partner comes in handy! He can help you with many aspects of your life, from simple shopping to running a bath filled with healing aromatic essential oils, after which he can apply some CBD balm on your body to ease chronic pain.
He can help you physically, mentally, psychologically, emotionally, and financially. He can take a lot of your shoulders.
Just being there for you, and having someone to listen to you, is such help that no amount of pills ever be able to replace.
Asking “are you okay” goes a long way in endometriosis and fibromyalgia treatment.
On two separate occasions, I took two months off work to support my wife. I never regretted it. There is no question in my mind, I would always choose time with her over a job.
I could talk about my help for hours, but we have to move on. Let’s talk about a holistic approach…
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Consider some medical approach…
The help of your partner plays a big part in your recovery from your symptoms. Unfortunately, these symptoms eventually come back. Sometimes you have to consider some medical approach to pain.
My wife doesn’t take any pills. No painkillers, no hormones, no antidepressants, not even iron supplements.
How does she manage then?
Well, it isn’t easy but medications cause a lot of side effects. Taking them you end up suffering plenty of additional symptoms trying to conquer one. Why would you do that?
Logic says otherwise, however, emotions often take over. When you’re in agony, you should take a painkiller, but remember not to overdo them. They are addictive, and after a while lose their effect while your system accustoms to them.
I physically attended many endometriosis groups with my wife, I also joined her online meetings, webinars, and spoke to fellow bloggers who suffer from endometriosis and fibromyalgia.
95% of all the women I’ve met and seen were on medications, either painkillers, hormones, and even on antidepressants.
There were only a few women who benefited from meds, but the vast majority of them weren’t better off than my wife.
Furthermore, they were in a worse position than my wife.
M suffers no side effects having no meds in her system, they do.
This is where the holistic approach is the best in my opinion…
Why a holistic approach is the best?
The help of your partner is itself a part of the holistic approach to chronic illness. But putting the medications aside, what can you possibly do to help reduce your pain and other symptoms?
Holistic care involves treating the whole of a person, that means your mind, body, and spirit.
You need to address the root causes of your illness, as well as the symptoms. Your goal is to use traditional, not medical practices, to help with your chronic illnesses lead healthier, happier life.
A holistic approach means practicing self-care, doing more things that benefit you, including:
- avoiding stress
- doing pilates
- massage therapy
- meeting friends
- good diet
Treating chronic illness holistically means looking at all the factors that comprise your health. The goal is to restore balance and support the natural healing process.
One of the difficult parts of endometriosis and fibromyalgia treatment is having to break the pain cycle. Let’s talk about it…
How to break the pain cycle?
One of the ways of breaking the pain cycle is relaxation training, which includes breathing exercises, which is a part of a holistic approach.
The first thing you have to make sure of is that you breathe deeply because you are constantly exposed to stress which makes you breathe very fast and shallow.
Sometimes you may hold your breath altogether if you experience panic attacks. When your brain notices that you hold your breath, it will brace itself for more stress, therefore, more pain…
So, you have to learn to do more deep breathing – deep diaphragmatic breathing.
Our lungs are like balloons. When we breathe fast and shallow, we only use the top of our lungs. If we stop breathing altogether by holding our breath, the lungs don’t take oxygen at all.
You need to learn to breathe slow, not rapidly by inhaling naturally and exhaling five seconds longer, and all, without holding your breath.
This exercise is about focusing on your breathing because it allows your nervous system to calm down, therefore, lower the pain that is experienced.
Why do these breathing exercises work?
Your mind pays attention to one thing – breathing. You focus on relaxing your body rather than the pain. It’s like falling asleep in pain (which often happens to my wife), but when you wake up, the pain is gone.
Blog, to balance your health, work, and money!
Apart from having a goal in life and helping millions of people, when done right, blogging can help to get rid of financial problems.
The only con of blogging is, you have to be patient. You have to give it a minimum of 24 months to reach financial freedom, but if you are willing to work hard, write, and be patient, it will be worthwhile!
Blogging not only is fun, making money blogging can set you free from stressful 9 to 5 jobs, the rat race you live so far, living from paycheck to paycheck.
Stress is the main trigger of chronic pain. This is why the best endometriosis and fibromyalgia treatment is blogging. It calms your mind and body.
But that’s not all, blogging can help you get private health care, help to afford acupuncture, and other expensive therapies.
By being free from having to get up early morning and having a boss over your head, you are free to travel the world, focusing primarily on your recovery. Your goal would be self-care and no negativity.
On this positive note, I’ll leave you to think about the possibilities blogging can give you. Have a wonderful day, as wonderful as it can be.
Till the next one!
Hi, I’m Lucjan! The reason why I decided to create this blog was my beautiful wife, who experienced a lot of pain in life, but also the lack of information about endometriosis and fibromyalgia for men…