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How will endometriosis affect other parts of my body?

How will endometriosis affect other parts of my body?

Endometriosis: Endometriosis usually causes chronic pelvic pain. It is due to an increase in production of inflammatory substances which may lead to scarring of the pelvic organs, thereby increasing your chances of infertility or an ectopic pregnancy. These inflamatory substances are also known to cause irregular menstruation and may occasionally prevent ovulation. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where the lining tissue of the uterus, is located outside the uterus. The displaced tissue, just like the tissue lining the uterus, bleeds during each menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be very painful, and can result ...Read more


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What is the chance that endometriosis will show up somewhere else in my body?

What is the chance that endometriosis will show up somewhere else in my body?

Low: Benign condition, usually maintained in the abdomen and pelvis.
Some rare embolism to the lungs with bleeding or pneumothorax. ...Read more

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How can endometriosis spread to your bladder and intestines?

How can endometriosis spread to your bladder and intestines?

Several Ways: Endometriosis can cause scar tissue and that scar tissue can stick to nearby organs, endometriosis itself can spread or nearby tissues can have their surface actually transformed into endometriosis. The exact ways in which endometriosis spreads are still not completely understood. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if endometriosis has spread to the brain?

Is there a way to know if endometriosis has spread to the brain?

Yes, it's rare but: Has been reported. A visit to your primary care can screen you for neurologic deficits. If medically appropriate, brain imaging with MRI or CT can detect the lesions if present. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Could endometriosis be spread via lymphatic or vascular systems?

Could endometriosis be spread via lymphatic or vascular systems?

In theory yes: That is one of the 3 most common theories for why endometriosis occurs and spreads. Good wishes. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for endometriosis that has spread to the colon and stomach?

What is the treatment for endometriosis that has spread to the colon and stomach?

Medical: The best treatment by far is medical therapy with lupron (leuprolide). Otherwise surgery with a colon resection and possibly colostomy or stomach resection can often make your life worse than the original endoemtriosis. So best to try to reduce the pain with lupron (leuprolide). No matter what you do, the goal is usually not to be pain free which is usually not possible. The goal is to minimize symptoms. ...Read more

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Where at does endometriosis hurt your body? If only my aunt had it could I still have it? . And what's the chances of infertility? .

Where at does endometriosis hurt your body? If only my aunt had it could I still have it? . And what's the chances of infertility? .

Generally in pelvis: It can present with
1. Pain with menses
2. Continuous pain throughout your cycle
3. Pain with intercourse
4. Heavy bleeding
5. Pain with urination and defecation

it is more likely to be in other family members and is associated with 1/3 of infertility cases as it can cause anatomic abnormalities. ...Read more

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Endometriosis reoccurred after 2nd surgery, dr refused 3rd surgery said would cause it to spread and become worse, I have an endometrioma, is this true?

Fertility Specialist: At this point you would likely benefit from seeing a specialist. There are different options and different concerns. Surgery is still an option but you really need to know what your goals are. I would not do anything before seeing a specialist. And yes only surgery will remove an endometrioma but not all of them need to be removed. ...Read more

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Is endometriosis that spread to or in the colon considered regular colon cancer?

No.: Colon cancer usually starts in the inner part of the colon. Endometriosis implants on the colon, but is not invasive or life threatening. ...Read more

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Can endometriosis spread to cause nerve damage?

Not damage but pain: Endo has been well documented on the sciatic nerve and also the obturator nerve. This causes intense, sharp electric shock type pain in the area the nerve goes - the sciatic down the back of the leg, and the obturator typically behind the knee. Once the endo is surgically excised, usually the pain is immediately resolved and there is usually not any permanent nerve damage. ...Read more

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White and pink tissue coming out in my urine. Could this mean my endometriosis has spread to my bladder?

White and pink tissue coming out in my urine. Could this mean my endometriosis has spread to my bladder?

Here are some. ..: To verify if indeed you are seeing white & pink tissue in urine, you need urinalysis (UA) to test the urine and cystoscopy to look into the bladder. If both are okay, you would be ok; if cystoscopy is okay but UA shows the "tissue", you need a complete set of imaging study such as CT. IVP to see the configuration and texture of entire urinary tract for completion. More detail? Ask urologist timely. ...Read more

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How long after stopping lupron (leuprolide) for endometriosis will it take for your body to go back to normal?

Few days: Even though half life of Lupron (leuprolide) is only 3 to 4 hrs plasama levels will remain high for few more days (missing one dose is not a big problem). ...Read more

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What is abdominal endometriosis, can it be harmful to the body, and what does the surgery to remove this consist of?

What is abdominal endometriosis, can it be harmful to the body, and what does the surgery to remove this consist of?

Endometriosis: Endometriosis of the abdominal wall typically presents with a painful abdominal wall mass. Pain can be cyclic with menses or continuously present. Bleeding may also result. Surgery may be indicated for severe symptoms, advanced disease, or failure of medical therapy. Surgery may involve laparoscopic laser ablation or excision. ...Read more

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What happens to a 27 year olds body (internally) at stage 3&4 of endometriosis had a chocolate cyst about a year ago & am about to have surgery 29th!

Varies: Certainly pregnancy should be the first goal. If you have not completed childbearing that should be the main focus. Having surgery on the ovary can lead to worsening infertility. Certainly you need a fertility specialist to coordinate any care since you need to be fully counseled on whether it is possible to have kids, how difficult it will or won't be, . And what surgery will help versus hurt you. ...Read more

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I have endometriosis as well as high blood pressure since I was 16. I'm experiencing some abnormalties if you will with my body. Please help?

I have endometriosis as well as high blood pressure since I was 16. I'm experiencing some abnormalties if you will with my body. Please help?

How do you need help: In order to better help you, I need to know what exactly you need help with. Are you having pain? Is your blood pressure out of control? Either ask a specific question, or it might be better to schedule a virtual consultation in order to answer all your questions at once. ...Read more

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Should women w/endometriosis avoid lymphatic massage? I had it a few times, 2x during period, then read it cld cause to spread. Symptoms progresvly worse.

Spread: I have not heard this nor if I read it. I think if it helps you and make you feel better then you should continue doing it. If it makes it worse than stop. I cannot believe there's evidence either way. ...Read more

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I have endometriosis and adenomyosis. Periods are irregular. Is withdrawal bleeding good for my body?

I have endometriosis and adenomyosis. Periods are irregular. Is withdrawal bleeding good for my body?

In some circumstance: Not sure exactly what you mean by "withdrawal bleeding". If you mean that having a menstrual flow by withdrawing the hormones Progesterone and estrogen - yes that is the normal menstrual cycle. A woman with endometriosis however in order to decrease her pain can stay on continuous hormones and thereby not have a withdrawal bleeding and thus avoid the cyclical pain. ...Read more

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What could cause moderate to severe ovarian pain throughout my cycle? Gyn has ruled out PCOS and doesn't think it's endometriosis.

What could cause moderate to severe ovarian pain throughout my cycle? Gyn has ruled out PCOS and doesn't think it's endometriosis.

Continue to look: If this type of pain continues to be present, other investigation may be warranted including ultrasound and possibly laparoscopy to evaluate the pelvis directly. Laparoscopy and biopsy is the only definitive way to diagnose endometriosis. Ovarian pain may respond to hormonal birth control suppression for a simpler approach. ...Read more

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Can you recommend bcp to replace my yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for endometriosis because I am having rashes and feelingitchy all over my body. Should I buy lower dosage?

Can you recommend bcp to replace my yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for endometriosis because I am having rashes and feelingitchy all over my body. Should I buy lower dosage?

Low Dose: I like the lower dose birth control pills, the 20mcg of estrogen pills. There are many pills, both generic and brand name at this dose. It should still help with your endometriosis. Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) is the lower dose of yasmin, you might try that? I personally like Mircette or kariva. Sometimes it takes awhile to find the one that fits with your body. ...Read more

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Hi. I had a partial hysterectomy 2 yrs ago Sept. Every month or so it's like my cycle comes on but no blood. Dark watery discharge with heaviness in my legs and some abdominal pain like when I had endometriosis. I feel like my body is thinking I'm on a

Hi. I had a partial hysterectomy 2 yrs ago Sept. Every month or so it's like my cycle comes on but no blood. Dark watery discharge with heaviness in my legs and some abdominal pain like when I had endometriosis. I feel like my body is thinking I'm on a

..on a period?: Your body is thinking that you are on a period, well, you are.! You are just not seeing the actual endometrial blood, but with the cervix still in place the dark watery discharge is exudate from the cervical stump and possible a portion of the uterus containing residual endometrium. If this is problematic for you a GYN can surgically remove the cervix in its' entirety vaginally. ...Read more

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What is endometriosis?

A cause of pain: Endometriosis is a condition where the uterine lining implants somewhere outside the uterus in the abdomen. It can implant on a tube, an ovary, the bowel, the abdominal side-wall, etc. It tends to bleed just like it would inside the uterus during a period, except that it is inside the abdomen. It causes the surrounding tissue to become irritated and inflammed and this is painful. ...Read more

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Is endometriosis hereditary

Is endometriosis hereditary

Yes.: Not all patients with endometriosis have a family history, but many do. If you are having pelvic pain, severe pain with your periods or pain on penetration with intercourse, you should see your gynecologist. While you can not see endometriosis on an ultrasound, you can see other sources of pelvic pain. Robotic laparoscopic surgery is the best way to see endometriosis. ...Read more

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Can endometriosis be cured?

Managed: Cured might be a stretch. It can be surgicaly treated and removed, and medically managed. With treatment, the symptoms can be minimized or eliminated. ...Read more

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How common is endometriosis?

Endo: Endometriosis could affect 5-15% of wome of reproductive age. ...Read more

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How do you get endometriosis?

How do you get endometriosis?

Endo: In short we don't know. There are some theories that suggest that endometriosis occurs because of back bleeding through the fallopian tubes into the pertoneal cavity and the body is not able to digest this blood for which reason endometriosis develops. Most women have retrograde menses but only about 10 percent may get endometriosis due to a faulty immunological system. ...Read more

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How painful is endometriosis?

Variable: In some women, even a large amount of endometriosis causes no pain. In other women a small amount causes significant pain. Women feel a variety of different pain symptoms and the severity is different from person to person. It can be debilitating or it can be very mild. ...Read more

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How is endometriosis treated?

Multiple ways: Once endometriosis is diagnosed (usually with surgery), depending on the severity, it can be treated with hormone suppressing medications. Sometimes in mild cases, oral contraceptive pills can help. In severe cases where large cysts have formed or where it is causing blockage of the bowels or urinary system, surgery is needed and may require a hysterectomy with removal of the ovaries. ...Read more

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What exactly is endometriosis?

What exactly is endometriosis?

Chronic Condition: Endometriosis is a chronic female condition where parts of the uterine lining (endometrium) sheds through the tubes and implants in the pelvic cavity. The result is no symptoms, to chronic pain, to difficulty conceiving, to pelvic masses.
It is estimated that endometriosis occurs in 6–10% of women, presenting in the early reproductive years. Laparoscopy at times is used for diagnosis. ...Read more