Endo Fact of the Day – Day #5

For more information about this topic, click here to view a publication by The Lancet Oncology.

This is a little scary to me, as I have already been diagnosed with Endosalpingiosis in addition to Endometriosis. Until reading this publication, I had no idea Endosalpingiosis was in any way associated with ovarian cancer.

Stress levels may affect Endo

This is very true. I’m in the middle of a stress induced pain flare-up right now.

I was blessed with an almost cruel but wonderful lower pain level last week as I felt much better, physically and mentally, than I have in years. I had almost forgotten what it was like to feel even semi-normal but as quickly as it arrived, in a flash, it was gone. I would’ve almost preferred that it not happen because it was a painful reminder of the life I have lost.

This week has been very stressful, with a worsening of my husband’s condition, additional doctor appointments and an expensive skin biopsy for me, and all of the stress that comes along with it.

Each day, my pain and fatigue levels have increased and they came to a peak today, which required me to call in sick from work, which will inevitably have a domino effect of more stress caused by the guilt that I feel when I have to use sick leave which I can’t afford to lose along with the back-log of work that will be waiting for me when I return on Monday. It is a never-ending vicious cycle that wreaks havoc on my body and mind.

I’m going to try to mitigate and interrupt the cycle with a massage at the local massage school this weekend and maybe even a cheap hair trim and eye brow wax at the local beauty school. I’m jokingly calling it a white trash spa day. LOL! No offense to anyone who takes advantage of similar price reductions. When chronic illness destroys your finances, as it has ours, student services are a blessing and the only way that I can afford any “me time” or be pampered at all. Hopefully I will feel a little better by tomorrow so I can enjoy the day and avoid cancelling at the last minute. Such is life with an invisible illness. Living day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute becomes normal.

💖 Wishing you all a low pain level day 💖

Bloomin' Uterus

StressSymptomsSo after a particularly stressful day at the office, I decided to do some writing and soul searching and (of course) research.  In all of the books and articles I’ve read, there has been a comment or chapter stating that stress may worsen Endometriosis.  But why?

How Stress Affects the Body:

Stress may trigger adrenal stress hormones, which may alter heart rates and blood flow.  It may also impair our white blood cell count, which can lower the body’s chances of fighting infection, reduce inflammation or even prevent/limit scarring. Gals with Endo know that inflammation and scarring are two critical components of a painful Endo day.  Stress may also cause or exacerbate problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, stroke, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.

Science!

In 2008, news reports state a study was conducted on seven female rats.  A team of investigators concluded that…

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Never, Ever Give Up ~ Arthur’s Inspirational Transformation!

I (ironically) didn’t feel well enough to attend our wellness meeting at work today, but a caring co-worker told me about this video that they watched during it. I really needed to watch something like this today.

In light of some worrisome news that I received this week (I’ll elaborate on that more when I’ve had time to digest it), I really needed to see something positive. This video inspired me and I hope it inspires you.

❤ Wishing you all a low pain level day ❤

Guilt & Small Victories

I have felt it on the horizon for days now and, without invitation, it’s here.  The excruciating Endometriosis flare-up that is becoming more and more frequent and is the one thing that I can count on to stop me in my tracks and bring my life to a stand-still for a 3 to 5 day stretch every 4 to 6 weeks.

Don’t get me wrong, the Endo monster is very much present on a daily basis, in one way or another.  However, flare-ups like this are a very different level of agony.

I am celebrating a small victory in the timing of this one, because it just so happened to start yesterday, which was Friday, at about 3:00 pm so it didn’t cause me to miss any work (yet).

At this point, I have made it 5 consecutive weeks without calling in sick.  That may not seem like much to a normal, healthy person but to those who work each day with severe chronic pain, debilitating fatigue, and a plethora of other unpleasant symptoms, making it through 5 weeks of work actually IS an accomplishment. 

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