Friday, October 26, 2007

Endometriosis

I was going to move on to more cheerful subjects today but I’ve had requests to see the old *angst ridden* work from the past, so, why not? Reviewing the past can help us to gain perspective for the future, right? Whatever the case, here’s an early piece focusing on my experience with Endometriosis:



ENDOMETRIOSIS is a common medical condition characterized by growth of the endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus, beyond or outside the uterus.
Affecting an estimated 89 million women of reproductive age around the world, one in every 5 females get endometriosis. However, endometriosis can occur very rarely in postmenopausal women.


In endometriosis, the endometrium (from endo, "inside", and metra, "womb") is found to be growing outside the uterus, on or in other areas of the body. Normally, the endometrium is shed each month during the menstrual cycle; however, in endometriosis, the misplaced endometrium is usually unable to exit the body. The endometriotic tissues still detach and bleed, but the result is far different: internal bleeding, degenerated blood and tissue shedding, inflammation of the surrounding areas, pain, and formation of scar tissue may result. In addition, depending on the location of the growths, interference with the normal function of the bowel, bladder, small intestines and other organs within the pelvic cavity can occur. In very rare cases, endometriosis has also been found in the skin, the lungs, the eye, the diaphragm, and the brain.

A major symptom of endometriosis is severe recurring pain. The amount of pain a woman feels is not necessarily related to the extent or stage (1 through 4) of endometriosis. Some women will have little or no pain despite having extensive endometriosis affecting large areas or having endometriosis with scarring. On the other hand, women may have severe pain even though they have only a few small areas of endometriosis.

1 comment:

prepossessing said...

as an endometriosis sufferer I can relate to your painting. Very nice.