Endometriosis Excision Specialist in Palo Alto, California
SEVERE PAIN WITH YOUR PERIODS? YOU MIGHT HAVE ENDOMETRIOSIS
Atypical Or Less Well-Known Symptoms
It’s important to note that some women, pre-teen, and teenage girls may not consistently experience the most well-known symptom of endometriosis: extremely painful periods. Women and girls may also experience acyclic chronic pelvic pain; that is, pain at any time during the month. In other cases, women and girls have no symptoms and don’t know they have the disorder until years later when they’re experiencing fertility issues. Complicating matters further is the fact that endometriosis can affect every organ or area of the body (except the spleen). As a result, pain can manifest essentially anywhere in the body. In this sense, endometriosis should really be considered a potentially systemic disease, rather than just a gynecological one. Because of these and other atypical symptom profiles, it’s important to know that you might have endometriosis even if you don’t have all of the so-called classic symptoms.
Bear in mind, however, that not everyone with extremely painful periods or infertility has endometriosis! There are other conditions which can cause chronic pelvic pain and other symptoms similar to those of endometriosis. Therefore, as mentioned, the only way to definitely diagnose endometriosis is to undergo the surgical procedure of laparoscopy.
The bottom line is; listen to your body and trust your instincts. If you’re in pain, are experiencing unusual symptoms, or simply think that something’s just not right, be sure to seek out a second opinion – or third, fourth, or tenth one – if necessary.
This list is not comprehensive, but a few atypical or less well-known symptoms include:
- no pain symptoms
- acyclic chronic pelvic pain i.e., pain all the time or anytime, independent of menstrual cycles
- hip pain
- leg pain
- back pain
- vaginal pain
- groin area pain
- nerve pain (sciatic, pudendal, etc)
- musculoskeletal pain
- pain in the shoulders usually coinciding with menstruation
- pain on or near the kidneys usually coinciding with menstruation
- pain in the upper abdomen usually coinciding with menstruation
- pain in the chest area usually coinciding with menstruation
- pain on or near the lungs or breathing problems usually coinciding with menstruation
- pain on or near the diaphragm or breathing problems usually coinciding with menstruation
- pain on or near the liver usually coinciding with menstruation
- acid reflux symptoms (GERD) usually coinciding with menstruation
Did you know?
- Did you know that women sometimes have to see 3 or more doctors before finally finding one who recognizes her symptoms as signs of endometriosis?
- One recent study found that 98% of teenage girls with menstrual pain unresponsive to pharmaceutical treatments had endometriosis
- Many infertile women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s with endometriosis had debilitating, painful periods as teens
- 30% to 40% of women with endometriosis experience infertility issues