Tips for Living with Endometriosis

The pain of endometriosis can range from mild cramps to severely debilitating agony. It can cause you to miss work and social events and keep you from getting healthy exercise. But if you’re like many women, any kind of pelvic pain can be awkward to discuss with your boss, your co-workers, and even your friends. 

At Kent G. Miller, MD, Gynecology, Women’s Health and Allure Cosmetics and Aesthetics Center of Georgia, we understand your endometriosis pain and your desire to keep your private life private. Our caring team, led by Dr. Kent Miller, specializes in a unique approach to health care that prioritizes the art of listening and keeps you and your individual concerns at the center of every appointment and treatment. 

With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Miller not only offers compassionate care, he brings a wealth of skill, knowledge, and expertise so you can rest assured you’re in the best hands. 

We believe you

Endometriosis is the condition where endometrial tissue, which should only line the inside of your uterus, begins to grow outside it instead and attaches to other organs. If you have endometriosis pain, it probably won’t surprise you to hear that one of the top comments we get from women is that no one believes their pain is real. But we do. 

We know that nearly 10% of women of child-bearing age silently suffer from endometriosis, but  most of them live with it for about 10 years before seeking professional help. If you’re reading this and suspect or know you have endometriosis, we hope you call us right away so we can help you manage your symptoms. 

Meanwhile, here are some tips to help you cope with the discomfort and ease your pain. 

The right diet can make a difference 

As with most health conditions, the nutrients you put in your body (and those you don’t) affect all of your systems. A healthy diet boosts your immune system, stabilizes your metabolism, regulates your digestive system, balances your pH levels, and helps you maintain a healthy weight, to name just a few of the benefits. 

When it comes to endometriosis, certain nutrients can give you an advantage over pain and flare-ups, and others may trigger them.

Foods that may ease or prevent endometriosis pain:

In general, you want to stick with foods that have anti-inflammatory properties and those that have a high fiber content, as this aids digestion and may also prevent irritable bowel syndrome, which complicates your endometriosis pain. 

Foods that may trigger or exacerbate endometriosis pain:

High amounts of sodium, found in most fast foods and processed foods, are known to cause inflammation throughout the body, which makes endometriosis pain much worse. Certain things can also cause your estrogen levels to spike (such as red meat, caffeine, and alcohol), so steering clear of those can keep your hormones balanced and your endometriosis pain down. 

Exercise, even though you don’t feel like it

You’re in pain, or at least mild discomfort, and the last thing you want to do is go for a jog or a bike ride — we get it. But this is one of those times when pushing through the pain will actually make you feel better. 

Following a regular exercise routine by doing something you enjoy, whether that’s yoga, a spin class, or just a brisk walk in the park, releases a chemical in your body called endorphins, which are natural painkillers. Certain moves, especially squats and Kegel exercises, can also strengthen your pelvic floor and reduce endometriosis pain. 

Get diagnosed

If you’re experiencing pelvic pain and haven’t yet been diagnosed with endometriosis, now’s the time to find out for sure. Don’t wait a decade as so many women do. If it really is endometriosis, we can treat it with a variety of options, from medication to minimally invasive surgery.

If it’s something else, such as uterine fibroids, vaginal muscle spasms, interstitial cystitis, vaginitis, or any other pelvic condition, we can treat those, too. The point is, you have options for pain relief, so you don’t have to live in agony anymore.

Whether you know you have endometriosis or just think you might, Dr. Miller offers a safe, discreet, and professional setting where you can get answers and relief. 

Call our Gainesville, Georgia, office today at 770-532-4477 to schedule an appointment that may lead you to a happier, pain-free way to live with endometriosis. You can also send a message to Dr. Miller and the team here on our website.

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