4 Ways to Fight Endometriosis Pain
I’ve spent many hours curled up in a ball on my couch because of endometriosis pain. I’ve lost countless hours with my family and friends because of the incessant pain and cramping. Through the years, I’ve tried almost every single pain relief option available. And let’s face it, you can only take so much acetaminophen and ibuprofen. So, here are my favorite 4 ways to fight endometriosis pain.
This is usually the first option that comes to mind when I try to fight my endometriosis pain. Never underestimate the value of a good, high-quality heating pad. Throw in a heated mattress pad and heated blanket, and you will be good to go. Especially in my little corner of the world where the snow flies and freezing cold icicles hang from gutters much of the year.
There is nothing that makes me feel like I have a prayer of tackling my day like curling up for an hour under my heated blanket or waking up nice and toasty on my heated mattress pad. It eases the aches and pains in my back and quiets the cramping, if only for a little while.
A few years ago, I began to supplement my period pain management with CBD oil in 3 different forms. My favorites include the rub on creams, tinctures, and vapes. I can’t begin to tell you how much I wished I could go back and give these to my teenage self. Confused, scared, and in extreme pain, I would have given anything for the relief that they provide.
I use the rub on creams for immediate relief, and literally rub the especially made lotions on my pelvis and lower back. The cream helps to relax my cramping muscles and allows me to unwind my body from the fetal position long enough to get the blood flowing to the rest of my body.
CBD tinctures are a more long term plan. It takes time for it to build up in your system and doesn’t typically work (for me anyway) for immediate pain. These are drops that you put under your tongue that work (over the period of several weeks) to calm the inflammation in your body.
Much like the rub on creams, vaping CBD oil provides nearly immediate relief. It works to relax the cramping of your muscles, as well as the tendons and ligaments in your pelvis. I usually use it in the evening before bed to help me fall asleep.
Also known as Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy, I have a PEMF device that I originally purchased to help manage my chronic pain from another condition and was ecstatic when I realized it worked on my pelvic pain as well. PEMF therapy uses a non-invasive device to help the body heal itself on the cellular level. In my experience, it has worked very well to promote healing and reduce my pain.
Direct therapy/TENS units
Now more accessible and portable than ever, a TENS unit does a great job of providing targeted relief for back and pelvic pain. It works by sending an electrical current into the skin scrambling the pain signal and lowering your perception of pain. This is a great portable option for managing your pain on days when you have to leave the house.
It is a good idea to keep many options for pain relief available to you, especially if you find yourself sensitive to, or unable to take traditional OTC pain relief medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
What are some of your tried and true methods to fight endometriosis pain?
Have you ever experienced a "weird" symptom and wondered if it was endo related?