James Cunningham: Support endometriosis,don't allow women to suffer chronically alone
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Endometriosis, the hidden miss understood suffering of millions of women. It is a chronic, disabling, recurring and incurable disease and most of the times is diagnosed at a late stage; endometriosis is also a disease that may cause critical damages to several organs (uterus, ovaries, bladder, ureter, kidneys, intestine, rectovaginal fascia, recto-uterine pouch, and in rare it may also affect lungs, diaphragm, liver, nervous system), affect other organs, muscles, nerves, skin, eyes, brain, etc. that may entail the partial or total removal of the same. Often passed as ‘women’s troubles’ endometriosis affects 1 in 10 of reproductive age, yet a lack of research and funding means sufferers can live in severe pain, unable to work or socialise for the best years of there life. The disease does not always have symptoms and may be the cause of half of all unexplained infertility. Other impacts are: Social cost, broken marriages and depression. Aswell as being a huge economic burden, partly because of the large number of women who have to drop out of the workforce. From my own experience; One doctor said ‘it’s in your head, girl. You have got to deal with it, then was prescribed medication for the constant nausea and unbareable pain and told it was irritable bowel syndrome, cysts, a UTI, eating habits or even depression. When I was 18 the doctors thought it might be appendicitis and admitted me to hospital, It took 5 years to get the right diagnosis, but now I live on a cocktail of strong painkillers and is still struggling to get the right treatment. Whoopi Goldberg suffers from this exact disease 1-10 are lost and lonely; Marilyn Monroe is thought to have become addicted to the painkillers she took for endometriosis, which resulted in her death. More research more treatment = less pain.
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