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Do many women with lupus have problems with their menstrual cycles?

Yes: The disease, if severe, can disrupt menstrual cycles. (nature's way of saying if your sick, don't get pregnant.) steroids can also causes irregular menses. So you have two causes, the disease and/or treatment. One final point. Thyroiditis (which causes hypothyroidism) and grave's disease disease, which causes high thyroid levels, occur more frequently in sle. They can both causes menstrual probs! ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

A painful condition where the lining tissue of the uterus grows outside the uterus. This tissue causes pain when it bleeds ...Read more


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Do people with thyroid problems have difficult pregnancies with complications?

Do people with thyroid problems have difficult pregnancies with complications?

Can be: If you've had a prior thyroid problem, make sure your thyroid has been returned to normal before you attempt to get pregnant. Then it's just as if you didn't have a problem. The one exception is rare anti-fertility antibodies from hashimoto's thyroiditis, but they can check for those and treat if necessary. ...Read more

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Why do some people experience pain with endometrial cancer while others don't?

Why do some people experience pain with endometrial cancer while others don't?

Extent of disease: One possibility is related to the extent of the patient's disease. While most women are diagnosed with early stage disease some women have more advanced disease that could potentially result in a woman experiencing pain. ...Read more

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Do people with endometriosis have IBS symptoms outside of menstrual cycle?

Do people with endometriosis have IBS symptoms outside of menstrual cycle?

Yes?: "IBS symptoms" are varied. The common gastrointestinal symptom associated with endometriosis is painful defecation, but anything is possible if you have significant implants on your bowels. The hallmark of endometriosis is not chronic pain or chronic GI problems, but rather painful periods. If you're having the former but not the latter, your symptoms are probably not from endometriosis. ...Read more

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Can people in their 20's be diagnosed with fibromyalgia?

Can people in their 20's be diagnosed with fibromyalgia?

Yes: 23 yo female asks if 20's people get Fibromyalgia (FM). They can & twenties age group when symptoms oft manifest in women; related to multiple childbirths, mechanical injuries (falls, lifting injuries & vehicle accidents), inherited Hypermobility Syndrome (see Brighton Criteria), obesity, & inactivity. With men, FM onset often months to years after mechanical injury of lumbar-pelvic region. ...Read more

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What percentage of patients with endometriosis are infertile?

What percentage of patients with endometriosis are infertile?

Depends: Approximately 30% of patients in an infertility practice have some degree of endometriosis; the disease can impact egg quality, decrease sperm surivival and thereby hinder implantation, impair embryo development, and decrease receptivity of the uterus to implantation. It is important to seek care with a fertility specialist early to learn options to help improve your fertility. ...Read more

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How often do people diagnosed with celiac disease become infertile?

How often do people diagnosed with celiac disease become infertile?

Higher risk: Patients with celiac disease are 3-4 times more likely to suffer from infertility than the average person without celiac disease. Approximately 4% of patients presenting with infertility have undisgnosed celiac disease. The most common hupothesis is that it is related to malnutrition. However, ttg protein is also present in the placenta and i havewondered about autoimmunity towards the placent. ...Read more

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Do people with with caudal regression syndrome have genitals?

Do people with with caudal regression syndrome have genitals?

Yes: Patients with caudal regression syndrome may have some of the following symptoms: absence or underdevelopment of the lower vertebrae, pelvis and/or tailbone at the end of the spine; displacement of the external sex organs; and/or a defect in which the urinary opening is on the underside of the penis (hypospadias). There are other symptoms as well. ...Read more

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Can people with leukemia reproduce?

Can people with leukemia reproduce?

Possibly: It really depends on the type of leukemia and the treatment. People cured of leukemia may be able to reproduce though this is dependent on their treatment. Ask your doctor, they should be able to provide you with a clearer answer. ...Read more

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Do people with epilepsy often have problems in pregnancy?

Do people with epilepsy often have problems in pregnancy?

No: Epileptics can get pregnant, and have normal kids most of the time but 1-epilepsy drugs affect hormones slightly 2-hormones affect epilepsy drugs slightly 3-epilepsy cause slightly higher birth defects slightly 4-epilepsy drugs can cause birth defects slightly. ...Read more

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Can you explain why patients with endometriosis have adhesions?

Can you explain why patients with endometriosis have adhesions?

Inflammation: Endometriosis causes inflammatory changes in the pelvis. This causes tissues to become swollen and stick together causing adhesions which may add to pelvic pain. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture really help patients with Parkinson's disease or those with dementia?

Does acupuncture really help patients with Parkinson's disease or those with dementia?

Indications.: Auricular acupuncture can be used to treat parkinsonian tremors, but i don't see any particular protocols for dementia. ...Read more

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Can people with fibromyalgia exercise?

Can people with fibromyalgia exercise?

Yes: Not only they can but they should. If no other medical problems are present a low impact exercise such as walking is a good start. ...Read more

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What are your experiences with patients who had colon hydrotherapy?

What are your experiences with patients who had colon hydrotherapy?

Colonic therapy: I usually find that these patients attempt many different kinds of therapy and treatments that are not mainstream nor proven to be of any value at all. ...Read more

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Why do some patient experience constipation with colitis?

Why do some patient experience constipation with colitis?

There's constipation: and there's feeling like you cannot move your bowels. The inflammation makes most with colitis FEEL like they ahve to go and can't .. because nothing is there. Real constipation with distention, etc. is not so common. Can be with a mechanical block from the illness. ...Read more

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What are pelvic adhesions? Why do people with endometriosis have adhesions?

What are pelvic adhesions? Why do people with endometriosis have adhesions?

Scarring: Adhesions is another term for scarring. Scarring can occur as a result of infection, surgery, and certainly endometriosis. Endometriosis is an inflammatory process, and the inflammmation results in the formation of scar tissue. ...Read more

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Do people with endometriosis have IBS symptoms outside of menstrual cycle?

Yes?: "IBS symptoms" are varied. The common gastrointestinal symptom associated with endometriosis is painful defecation, but anything is possible if you have significant implants on your bowels. The hallmark of endometriosis is not chronic pain or chronic GI problems, but rather painful periods. If you're having the former but not the latter, your symptoms are probably not from endometriosis. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people suffer from endometriosis? How common is this?

Do a lot of people suffer from endometriosis? How common is this?

Its fairly common: Always hard to tell because you need a laparoscopy to confirm the diagnosis, and people with pain get a lot more laparoscopies than people without. That said, when I do laparoscopy with people with pain, a huge percentage of them have endometriosis, well over 50%. There is selection bias here to be sure, but I think we can safely say that its not an uncommon disease. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting endometriosis?

Are some people more prone to getting endometriosis?

Yes: A family history of endometriosis increases your risk. Having had a cesarean delivery also increases the risk of developing endometriosis. The more cesareans the greater the risk. ...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 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 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 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

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What's done for endometriosis?

What's done for endometriosis?

Endometriosis: Surgery is the gold standard, and reduces the amount/extent of disease. The most effective medical treatment is the drug lupron(r). It is costly with some side effects, but is safe and often as good for pain as surgery. The injectible contraceptive depo-provera gives mixed results. A much older drug, danazol, is mostly no longer used. ...Read more

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Where is endometriosis located?

Where is endometriosis located?

Pelvis, abdomen: Endometriosis is a serious problem in which little pieces of tissue (similar to the uterine lining that bleeds and sheds each month) are trapped inside one's pelvis and abdomen. Rarely, women may have tissue trapped in the chest or other places. With each menstrual period, the trapped tissue sheds and bleeds on the inside of the abdomen (the blood has no way to leave the body), causing much pain. ...Read more

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Can you die from endometriosis?

Never: Endometriosis, though sometimes quite painful, is never a diagnosis that would lead to death. Very severe forms of endometriosis can cause endometrial tissues to affect various internal organs and cause bleeding but that's incredibly rare. ...Read more

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What is inactive endometriosis,?

Endometriosis: Patches of endometrial tissue—normally occurring only in the lining of the uterus (endometrium)—appear outside the uterus. The misplaced endometrial tissue responds to hormones as normal endometrial tissue, it can bleed and cause pain. When it is inactive, the patches of endometrium remain quiet and do not bleed or cause pain for some time. ...Read more

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What are endometriosis symptoms?

What are endometriosis symptoms?

Different symptoms..: It depends where the lesions are located and what is the severity. It could be quite asymptomatic to sever pelvic pain, infertility and irregular periods... Remember all these symptoms could be due to some other diseases too. ...Read more

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When does endometriosis clear up?

When does endometriosis clear up?

Yes !: Endometriosis close to the rectum may cause pain due to scarring like in this picture. This is especially try closer to your periods. Also nerve endings get hypersensitive around the disease. If advanced, the lesions may invade the rectal area ! for these reasons, it's important to make the diagnosis with laparoscopy and if possible, resection of as much disease as possible. ...Read more

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Does endometriosis have symptoms?

Endo: The most comon symptom is severe dysmenorrhea or pain with menses that is not relived by use of nsaid's and or bcp for more than 3 mo. Fatigue, painful intercoures, pain with bowel movements, bloating around ovulation and menses are other comon nonspecific symptoms. ...Read more

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