Coping psychologically with endometriosis

The endometriosis , like all chronic diseases that involve constant pain, it is very difficult to face. Despite how strong a person may be, the fact of constantly feeling such stabbing pain can end up affecting anyone; That is why there are women who cannot stand it, and when they find themselves unable to carry out their daily lives, they end up suffering from depression , or any type of anxiety. And is that chronic diseases usually have an emotional component that should not be forgotten at any time.

The number of women suffering from endometriosis is much higher than is believed, but there are hundreds of cases that go undiagnosed due to the lack of knowledge that still exists about it. the endometriosisIt implies that there is an abnormal (faster) growth of the endometrial tissue, and that it begins to spread even outside the uterine cavity. It ends up causing fertility problems in women, complications when having sexual intercourse, as well as constant pelvic pain, painful periods and problematic bowel movements. To this we must add that many of the women who suffer from it have not been diagnosed, so they do not know what exactly is happening to them, and they live with the uncertainty of knowing what the pain is due to. Facing something that is not known is much more complicated than facing a disease that is already known.

When a woman is diagnosed with endometriosis, this implies that there has been a surgical exploration , since it is the surest way to know that she really suffers from this ailment. From there, in addition to having treatment to alleviate the pain, you must learn to deal emotionally with everything that happens to you; and it is that chronic diseases pose new challenges in people’s lives.

A chronic illness: a constant grief

We should distinguish between two types of diseases: chronic and acute . While the latter are short-lived, the former tend to be long-lasting; Just because a disease is diagnosed as chronic does not mean that it will be present in that person’s life forever. On some occasions, this disease can be cured. It must also be pointed out that a chronic disease does not always endanger the life of the person who suffers it. It usually has its long-term symptoms, its treatment, and an evolution that must be closely monitored by specialists.

By the time a woman is diagnosed with endometriosis, she has to cope with the idea that this pain she is experiencing will not go away overnight , but that she will have to live with it for quite some time. Not only that, but you will also have to resort to treatment, you will have to do routine check-ups … Your life will be changed by this disease. Facing this not only physically, but also emotionally and even socially, can be quite complicated. On an emotional level it can make you feel weak, dependentof some medications, it can make you believe that your life will be more complicated; On a social level, you may sometimes have to miss your job because that day you are unable to bear the pain, or that you cannot always go out even though you feel like it.

Fortunately, endometriosis can be treated and, with the right help, the pain can almost completely disappear. But now there is another very important side: facing the disease on an emotional level.

Phases you must go through

Before you really understand that endometriosis (or any other chronic disease) will accompany you for many years, and that will not necessarily imply the end of your life, you must go through a process to manage all this information. The first thing you will feel is that you are vulnerable, and surely you are afraid, you are worried about your health; Either you may be disappointed, or you may get angry. The reaction depends a lot on how the character of each person is, but there is something that does not change: you must accept that reaction. Don’t try to hide your feelings, and try not to gloat over grief, as this will only hurt you ; It is important that you try to understand that it is logical that you get angry, or disappointed.

Once this first phase of shock has passed, you will begin to feel curious about the disease you suffer from , in this case endometriosis. At this point, and although it seems very interesting to read things on any website, we recommend one thing: always go to reliable media, with good professionals. To find more information, visit a library, and even make a stop at a medical center to be informed by a professional about how your life will change from that moment on.

When you have satisfied your curiosity, and you already know everything you need to know about endometriosis, you will feel that little by little you begin to deal with your disease . It will no longer be she who controls you, but you will begin to control her. You will know what to do if it hurts, you will know how to act in moments of weakness, what medications you should use and what can help you overcome the pain. Even if you think this phase will never come, be hopeful: it will come. The times depend a lot on each person. Maybe in a week you will feel calm, and you will know everything about endometriosis; and your anger may last two years. Absolutely nothing happens. Give yourself time, understand yourself and value yourself as much as you can.

It is important that you take charge of everything that happens to you at some point. Endometriosis is a complicated, painful, and unfortunately unknown disease; but luckily, it is not usually fatal , so you can live with it. If the pain persists, discuss it with your doctor. And if this does not understand you, or does not help you, go to another. Do not give up, because it is your health that is at stake . Little by little, you will feel how endometriosis is no longer so troublesome.

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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