One of the key symptoms when you have endometriosis is pelvic pain. It plagues you daily and yet somehow we don’t really know why we have pelvic pain and more importantly how to reduce it. Here are seven reasons I believe we have pelvic pain. I have provided links to articles which will help you reduce pelvic pain for each point.
Endometriosis causes cells to grow in places where they should not be growing. The body recognizes this as a problem and sends out forces to try and deal with it. The area becomes a focus point, which means the body sends additional healing to the area. It is like when you cut yourself, everything rushes to the area to heal it. If this means it needs to swell up to get blood to the area, it will do that. The same happens with endometriosis. Here is an article I wrote about Inflammation and Endometriosis which will help alleviate it for you.
2. Our digestive systems are struggling
I know when I cut out dairy and gluten from my diet, I was absolutely amazed at how my whole lower stomach suddenly no longer had a shape; it was flat! Not sticking out and swollen all the time! Gluten and dairy are hard for our bodies to digest and when we struggle to digest things, we get gassy, we get indigestion and we get bloated. This bloating pushes on our other organs, including endometrial cells and causes extra pain. Ever noticed how you are so much more sore when you have constipation? It all adds to pelvic pain. Read these articles for solutions:
3. The bladder
Our bladder becomes inflamed just as easily as our bowels do, which just adds to pelvic pain. Most of us probably suffer from interstitial cystitis. When our hormones are out of balance, it affects our bladder’s lining. Ever noticed how your IC is worse just before your period? I certainly have! When the bladder becomes inflamed, it also causes pelvic pain in the abdominal area, even in areas which don’t seem related to the bladder.
4. The endometriosis is growing
The more pelvic pain you experience, the more likely it is that the endometriosis is growing and developing further. This is a key symptom to know whether things are getting better or worse. The more cells forms, the more the body will try and heal and send further messengers to try and reduce the problem.
5. The prostaglandins are out of balance
We have two types of prostaglandins that relate to endometriosis. There are the ones that reduce inflammation and clotting, and there are the ones that increase it. When we don’t have the necessary foods and supplements the body needs to supply the good prostaglandins, it is forced to use the bad prostaglandins, which cause clotting and inflammation. All that inflammation is felt in the uterus, bladder and bowels, which inevitably leads to more pelvic pain.
6. There is a lack of movement in the area
Have you ever noticed that when you sit still all day that the feeling of bloating and swelling is much worse? Does it hurt to move because you have so much pelvic pain? This is because there is no movement in the abdominal area! Even though it feels too sore to move, it is important to get the blood flowing and encourage oxygenation in the area. Just get up and touch your toes ten times and you will notice an instant improvement.
7. There is a blockage in the area
Doesn’t it feel like there is something just sitting in your abdomen you want to yank out? Like there is some massive lump in there? According to Chinese medicine, our condition is called a stagnation of blood or qi blockage. It is possible to stimulate the flow of qi to the area to allow the blockage to move out. That blockage is often directly linked to an emotional attachment, according to the Chinese, so it is worth focusing on healing those aspects within yourself to alleviate abdominal pain.
There are many reasons for abdominal pain. Endometriosis affects many organs. We can tackle each organ independently through diet and lifestyle choices we make. It is also very important to recognize that endometriosis is largely affected by our hormones and that hormones don’t just function in the uterus alone but all areas of the body.
Our liver is the organ that flushes out excess hormones. If it is not working effectively, the hormones stay in the body, which is not a good thing. We need to make sure the pathways to clearing out excess matter are free. That means our digestion and kidneys are working.
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