This is the most obvious symptom of Endometriosis. The period pain will generally be severe on the first two days and will generally not go away with just a pain killer or two. Your period pain is likely to be set amongst other symptoms such as digestive issues, emotional mood swings and irritability. Some women get such severe pain that they cannot walk or even go to work. When the pain is every single month then this is not normal. Women with Endometriosis often also experience longer periods or heavier periods but this is not always a definite indicator of Endometriosis as some women still have the condition with very little bleeding.
When we first go to the doctor with “lower abdominal pain”, their first point of reference is going to be our digestion. When they ask us the usual questions, what is your digestion like? Do you have diarrhea? Constipation? Cramping? Well, yes we do…. all of the above. The problem is, these are actually a symptom of Endometriosis as well as other digestive issues. One of the ways to work out which is which, Endometriosis digestive issues are very closely related to our hormone fluctuations. We generally get an extreme (diarrhea or constipation) just before or during our period. Our digestion is closely linked to our hormones, so naturally they will interlink. This article will help your digestion immediately.
3.Lower Back Pain
This isn’t always a definite one but definitely worth a mention as many women suffer from lower back pain and don’t make the connection to Endometriosis. The Endometriosis can develop in the lower area of the pelvic area and settle on the Pouch of Douglas. This sits very closely to the nerves on the lower back and can therefore cause lower back pain. This can lead to pain running down the legs and hip area.
PMS is one sign of Endometriosis but generally we have PMS X 10! We get such extremes with our emotions. It can be so extreme it causes friends to leave, boyfriends to break up with us and all sorts of nasty results. We feel everything in extreme. Extreme anger, extreme depression, extreme happiness. It is a heightened sense of emotions and they are not always during that first week of our period. They can occur at any time, for no logical reason (until you make a note of them and notice the trends). I have done a few article on PMS, which you might find useful.
5.Back aching and tension in the shoulders
The upper area of your back is likely to tense up and become stiff, especially around your period time. There are a number of theories as to why this is but many believe it has to do with a lack of minerals which your body requires for your monthly cycle, which it draws from other parts of the body, such as Magnesium.
6. Feeling cold often
This is based on a Traditional Chinese Theory that women who have Endometriosis have “caught the cold or damp” in their body. They believe we can chase out the cold from the body and thereby heal the Endometriosis. One of the symptoms I noticed was that I get cold easily and that my feet are often cold, even in summer. It is not a definite one either but it does show an imbalance in the body, which should get some attention. This can also be attributed to a close correlation with Thyroid imbalances in women with Endometriosis.
I personally don’t get much of this symptom anymore but I remember when my Endometriosis was extreme I would get it on the day of my period or a few days before. I would get it so bad that I would have to literally get sick to feel better. It was bad during the month too, especially when I was younger, in my teens. I would struggle to eat anything without feeling somewhat ill or queezy afterwards.
8. The love of sugar
A strong dependence on sugar is a big one. I noticed this once I went off sugar and how much I was actually addicted to it. I didn’t think I could live without sugar and when I did, I would get incredibly depressed, hollow like something major had happened in my life. I was incredibly dependant. Women with Endometriosis often express this love for sugar. I think it has to do with wanting to boost their energy levels but it is often an emotional comfort food.
9. Sore Breasts
Having sore breasts a few days before your period is due, is also quite common with women who have Endometriosis. It can be so severe that you can’t stand the idea of walking anywhere and is caused by water retention in the body. Cutting out coffee is one of the easiest remedies to get rid of sore breasts.
Headaches are actually a sign from your body that is it not entirely happy with you. If you get them on a constant basis, this is a sign that you should listen to your body and change something! Both headaches and migraines are closely linked to hormone imbalances in the body.
11. Feeling tired when you get up in the morning
You should feel rested when you get up right? When you have Endometriosis it is common to feel tired often and it is especially hard to get up in the morning. This is because the body is still working through toxins in the liver.
12. Other inflammations in the body
Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition. This means the body is essentially “in repair mode”. The body will often display other inflammatory conditions in other areas of the body, such as an inflamed bladder, called Interstitial Cystitis. Other areas of inflammation can include your gums, your bowel and any organ that can become inflamed easily.
13. Poor skin health
No matter what cleanser you buy or how hard you try, your skin is still breaking out! You try natural things, you try stronger things and yet somehow your skin is never perfectly clear. The skin is a natural toxin release of the body. Endometriosis is closely linked to toxins in the body. When our skin is unhealthy it shows an imbalance and toxins are sitting in the body. Please note: there are heaps of reason why one can have poor skin but it is common for women with Endometriosis to have poor skin to go with it.
14. Puffy eyes or eye troubles
I never made the connection that when my eyes got all gritty and sore that it was related to my Endometriosis. It is only now that my condition is heaps better that I recognise this as a symptom. Puffy eyes are also a sign of toxins sitting in the liver. They can be an indicator of gluten intolerance too. Our eyes are incredibly sensitive and show so much about our health!
It is common for women who have Endometriosis to also suffer from Allergies, including an itchy nose, sore or watery eyes and an itchy throat. This is yet another overreaction by the body to defend you. Endometriosis women generally have a lowered immune system which is the same reason we get allergies.
16. Pain during sex
This is one of the first symptoms I recognise as being related to Endometriosis as you can feel it instantly. It is a dull ache for me but for many women it can be quite severe and they can also experience it afterwards, in waves of cramping pain. There are ways to alleviate tenderness during sex. I have found these tips useful.
17. Bladder infections
It is common with Endometriosis sufferers to have an inflamed bladder and thereby also getting frequent bladder infections. If you are having bladder infections more than 3 times in a 6 month period, this could be a sign of Endometriosis. I use a completely natural product for my bladder infections. No more anti-biotics!
18. Bloating in the abdominal area
This is obviously going to be one of those that could be part of many other conditions but with Endometriosis it feels like you permanently have this extra weight sitting in your abdominal cavity. You try and go to toilet to get it out but it is permanently there! It feels swollen and sore. It can be only at certain times of the month but many women with Endometriosis have this feeling on a permanent basis.
19. Thyroid Conditions
It appears that many of us with Endometriosis have an under active thyroid function. This is also largely connected to the liver and hormone function.
20. Frequent Thrush or Candida Symptoms
Do you have a constant issue with Thrush or Candida? Have you experienced thrush in the past? You could have underlying Candida with Endometriosis.
These are the 20 Associated Symptoms I have recognized through my own journey with Endometriosis and which many of my clients now seem to share too. If there are any I haven’t mentioned, feel free to share yours in the comments below.