Posts Tagged ‘Symptoms’

Endometriosis Awareness Month

March 1, 2021

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month.

Endometriosis is a chronic & painful gynecological medical.condition . It occurs when endometrial, the tissue that grows inside the uterus, grows outside of the uterus, anywhere in the human body.

In most cases women with Endometriosis the endometrial cells are located within the abdominal area including bladder, bowel, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, etc. Unfortunately it can be found elsewhere in the body including musculature, and other organs including at worst the heart, lungs, or brain. Fortunately endometriosis occurs only on those last three locations on a very very rare occasion.

Examplesof Endo Symptoms

Typical symptoms of Endometriosis include, but not limited to

  • Painful Menstruation
  • Excessive Bleeding During Menstruation,
  • Shortened or Irregular Menstrual Cycles
  • Back Pain
  • Painful Sex
  • Infertility
  • Painfull Urination especially during one’s period
  • Painful bowel movements especially during one’s period
  • Sensation that your insides are being pulled down lower in the abdomen
  • Fatigue
  • IBS either constipation, diarrhea or both
  • Spotting or bleeding between in typical menstral cycle
  • Nausea and vomiting,
  • Pelvic pain

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are the highlights of a woman with “typical” endometriosis..

Check ibacklater to see my posts concerning treatment, my atypical endometriosis.and my experiences with treatments.

Sjögren’s Syndrome

October 26, 2020

What is Sjögren’s Syndrome?
Sjögren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder, where your immune system attacks your own healthy cells. . It commonly affects your eyes and salivary glands, but can also affect other parts of the body..

Symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome

• Dry eyes, including a painful burning, itchy or gritty feeling
• Dry mouth, making it difficult to swallow, speak or eat dry foods
• Swelling of the glands in the face and neck areas.
• Eye and mouth dryness can also increase your risk for eye infections and dental problems.

• Joint pain, swelling and stiffness
• Dry skin
• Vaginal dryness
• Persistent dry cough
• Prolonged fatigue.

• A few people will have their liver and kidneys affected.

• A few people will also develop lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes).

Symptoms of Sjogrens Syndrome

The cause of Sjögren’s Syndrome is unknown. It is more common in women, people over 40 and those who have rheumatic disease, like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.

Diagnosing Sjögren’s Syndrome
Besides your symptoms, Sjögren’s Syndrome is diagnosed through tests, including:

• Schirmer’s test – to check whether your eyes are producing enough tears
• Blood tests – to check for antibodies common in Sjögren’s syndrome
• Imaging to test how your salivary glands are working
• Biopsy – a small sliver of tissue from your lip is checked for presence of inflammatory cells.
Sjögren’s syndrome treatment

Treating Sjögren’s Syndrome.
There is no cure for Sjögren’s syndrome however, most people with Sjögren’s Syndrome are able to live normally, without any serious complications – especially if they take care to manage their symptoms.

Treatments to relieve symptoms can involve medications to increase the production of saliva, treat complications like arthritis with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or meds that suppress the immune system.

There are also ways to manage symptoms yourself:

For dry eyes –

• Use artificial tears or an eye lubricant.

• Regular check-ups with an ophthalmologist (eye specialist),

• wear protective eye-wear to avoid exposure to the wind or sun

For dry nose –

• Use a saline spray for a dry nose

For dry mouth –

• Drink frequent sips of water

• Avoid drinking alcohol

• Use artificial saliva, mouth rinses, sugarless gum or lozenges

• Keep your mouth very clean, limit sugar, regular check-ups with a dentist


For general dryness –

• Increase indoor humidity

• Use preservative-free moisturiser for skin

• Avoid drying conditions such as drafts from heaters and air conditioners,

• Avoid exposure to dusty or windy weather.


I’m sure you are wondering what this has to do with the price of tea in China.. Well.. I originally started this post a few months back when I first started have most of the above issues. After doing a bit of research this seemed the most likely culprit. Unfortunately, my blood test came back negative. So I’m still wondering why I’m having dryness problems. Anyone have any suggestions?

About Fibro (Pt I)

June 29, 2020

This is a long read, but if you haven’t ever seen/read it, then it is most def worth the time. Because of it’s length, I’ve made it 2 posts. Fell free to use it for your own use if you so desire.

About Fibromyalgia

My Need for Massage Therapy– If I get a massage every week, don’t envy me. My massage is not your massage. Consider how a massage would feel if that Charley horse you had in your leg last week was all over your body. Massaging it out was very painful, but it had to be done. My body is filled with painful knots. If I can stand the pain, regular massage can help, at least temporarily.

My Good Days – If you see me smiling and functioning normally, don’t assume I am well. I suffer from a chronic pain and fatigue illness with no cure. I can have my good days or weeks or even months. In fact, the good days are what keep me going.

My Uniqueness – Even those who suffer from FMS are not alike. That means I may not have all of the problems mentioned above. I do have pain above and below the waist and on both sides of my body which has lasted for a very long time. I may have migraines or hip pain or shoulder pain or knee pain, but I do not have exactly the same pain as anyone else. (Keep an eye out for the reposting of the topic “My Fibro is Not Her Fibro”)

My Weight – I may be fat or I may be skinny. Either way, it is not by choice. My body is not your body. My body’s metabolism is broken, and nobody can tell me how to fix it. Often the medication I must take causes weight gain, but many of us with fibro suffer from severe IBS and lose weight.

My Stress – My body does not handle stress well. If I have to give up my job, work part time, or handle my responsibilities from home, I’m not lazy. Everyday stresses make my symptoms worse and can incapacitate me completely.

My Depression – Yes, there are days when I would rather stay in bed or in the house or die. I have lost count of how many of Dr. Kevorkian’s patients suffered from FMS as well as other related illnesses. Severe, unrelenting pain can cause depression, but it is a result of the Fibro.. not a cause of it.. Your sincere concern and understanding can pull me back from the brink. Your snide remarks can tip me over the edge.

My Sensitivities – I just can’t stand it! “It” could be any number of things: bright sunlight, loud or high-pitched noises, textures, odors, food, etc.. FMS has been described as the “aggravating everything disorder.” So don’t make me open the drapes or listen to your child scream. I really can’t stand it.

My Intolerance – I can’t stand heat, either. Or humidity. If I am a man, I may sweat…profusely. If I am a lady, I perspire. Both are equally embarrassing, so please don’t feel compelled to point this shortcoming out to me. I know. And don’t be surprised if I shake uncontrollably when it’s cold. I don’t tolerate cold, either. My internal thermostat is broken, and nobody knows how to fix it.

My Clumsiness – If I step on your toes or run into you five times in a crowd, I am not purposely targeting you. I do not have the muscle control for that. If you are behind me on the stairs, please be patient. These days, I take life and stairwells one step at a time.

My Forgetfulness – Those of us who suffer from it call it fibrofog. I may not remember your name, but I do remember you. I may not remember what I promised to do for you, even though you told me just seconds ago. My problem has nothing to do with my age (Young people can get fibro) but may be related to sleep deprivation. I do not have a selective memory. On some days, I just don’t have any short-term memory at all.

My Fatigue – I am not merely tired. I am often in a severe state of exhaustion. I may want to participate in physical activities, but I can’t. Please do not take this personally. If you saw me shopping in the mall yesterday, but I can’t help you with yard work today, it isn’t because I don’t want to. I am, most likely, paying the price for stressing my muscles beyond their capability.

My Pain – My pain is not your pain. It is not caused by inflammation. Taking your arthritis medication will not help me. I cannot work my pain out or shake it off. It is not even a pain that stays put. Today it is in my shoulder, but tomorrow it may be in my foot or gone. My pain is believed to be caused by improper signals sent to the brain, possibly due to sleep disorders. It is not well understood, but it is VERY real.