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Doctor insights on: What Diseases Act Like Endometriosis

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Do these endometrial implants or endometriosis act like normal endometrium inside the uterus?

Do these endometrial implants or endometriosis act like normal endometrium inside the uterus?

Not exactly: Although endometriosis tissue has the same components as the endometrium the behavior is different. Inside the uterus, the lining sheds itself monthly in an organized way. Endometriosis on the contrary, results in a festering inflammation that can cause pain, infertility and adhesions. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where some endometrial tissue, which is 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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Is endometriosis a disease of modern times?

Is endometriosis a disease of modern times?

Not really.: Women have had pelvic pain and unexplained infertility for centuries. The medical advances and understanding of this condition is a much modern endeavor. ...Read more

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Endometriosis - how to cope / are you aware of this disease?

Endometriosis - how to cope / are you aware of this disease?

Endo & Life: Endometriosis is not contagious and will not affect your partner. Endometriosis is endometrial tissue that has implanted in abnormal places such as pelvis, ovary, bladder, or colon due to retrograde menstruation. When you have a a period, this tissue also bleeds causing pain, pelvic scarring and progressive infertility. It should be treated with laparoscopy, argon beam coagulation, and zoladex (goserelin). ...Read more

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Is endometriosis considered an autoimmune disorder?

Is endometriosis considered an autoimmune disorder?

No: It just isn't. I've noticed on healthtap that several visitors have this idea and i'm wondering where it came from. It a curious growth of endometrium in abnormal places; nothing i've seen in the decades that i've been acquainted with this common and troublesome illness suggests immunity is a factor. ...Read more

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Is Endometriosis considered an auto-immune disease/problem?

Causes of: By Mayo Clinic Staff Although the exact cause of endometriosis is not certain, several possible explanations include: Retrograde menstruation. This is the most likely explanation for endometriosis. In retrograde menstruation, menstrual blood containing endometrial cells......http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/endometriosis/basics/causes/con-20013968 ...Read more

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Are there any diseases that can be misdiagnosed as endometriosis or vice versa?

There are several: But interstitial cystitis and irritable bowel syndrome are two culprits of abdominopelvic pain that are always in the differential. Certain elements of your history can help differentiate them from eachother and your doctor is best at guiding you there. Painful periods are a common presenting symptom of endometriosis but other causes (fibroids being a possibility) can exist 2 & warrant eval by gyn. ...Read more

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Can having both endometriosis and gallbladder disease cause really confusing symptoms?

Can having both endometriosis and gallbladder disease cause really confusing symptoms?

Both: Both conditions may coexists . Pelvic pain with endometriosis tends to be lower abdominal pelvic. Gallbladder symptoms are often aggravated by eating fatty, spicy and late meals. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease be the cause of my endometriosis and/or cysts on my ovaries?

Can celiac disease be the cause of my endometriosis and/or cysts on my ovaries?

Celiac disease: Celiac disease is a separate disease from ovarian cysts and endometriosis. It can be difficult, however, to figure out which one is source of symptoms as all three can cause pelvic pain. Your gyn can sort that out. ...Read more