Endometriosis: it affects 1 in 10 women
This debilitating disease affects women of all ages and currently the cause is unknown
Aside from the crippling pain and fatigue, one of the hardest things about having endometriosis is receiving the correct diagnosis. There are hundreds of stories in blogs and medical websites about not only the pain but also the social and psychological effects of endometriosis.
Experiencing constant pain, having headaches and always being tired is hard enough without being told by doctors that “it’s all in your head,” or “you’re probably just under a lot of stress at the moment.” No one wants to hear that, especially when it’s a chore to just get up in the morning. Most patients want answers: after all, why else would you visit a doctor? But being told “it’s all in your head” is just depressing—which does not help.
Spectrum of pain symptoms
An aspect of this disease is that the pain does not even need to be crippling. Like many such diseases, endometriosis can either cause severe or mild pain and every degree of pain in between. Also the pain may not necessarily be indicative of the severity of the disease. For example, you might have mild symptoms but on an ultrasound or laparoscopy it turns out that that you may have extensive disease and vice versa.
Due to the nature of this disease it is important that you speak frankly with your doctor about your symptoms. If you are worried about your symptoms and wish for a detailed examination, OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care in Sydney can provide a Sonovaginography to predict severe or deep infiltrating endometriosis.
But the process starts with you. If you are suffering, do not accept that crippling pain is normal, even if it is “that time of month.” Any pain that forces you off your feet and away from school, university, work or looking after your children and family is not normal. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and you need to ensure—for your own health—that you visit your doctor.
OMNI’s role in diagnosing endometriosis
At our Sydney clinics we have the latest in ultrasound technology to give you the most accurate results. As mentioned we do provide a Sonovaginography for assessing all forms of endometriosis, however for a definitive assessment a procedure called a laparoscopy (“keyhole” surgery) can be carried out to visualise the presence of endometriosis in the pelvis.
It is important that you speak frankly with your doctor about the pain and symptoms you are experiencing. Do not suffer for years with debilitating pain, visit OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care in Sydney for an ultrasound.
Talk to our friendly team at OMNI today to find out how we can help you, contact us today