On a scale of 1 naprogesic to a full day agonising in bed how is your period pain?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Some of the patients I work with have the most excruciating period pain, coupled with vomiting, violent diarrhoea, migraines and body sensitivity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In clinic I like to ask people where they feel their pain:
Does it stay fairly local to the lower abdomen?
Is it fixed and stabbing anywhere?
Is it more concentrated around the sacrum?
Do you get a dragging sensation down your inner thighs?
Do you get any other pain in your body just before your period is due to arrive? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What makes it feel better?
Do you like a sense of pressure over your womb?
Does it feel better or worse with heat?
Does it impact on your sleep? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It is my current understanding, that excuciating period pain may be a sign that there is some degree of endometriosis happening in the abdomen. However, the only way to get a confirmed diagnosis of endometriosis is by having laparoscopic surgery. Needless to say, many women would prefer to seek out natural healing modalitites before having surgery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Because of that, I believe there must be a high number of endometriosis cases that go undiagnosed, resulting in a monthly pain cycle for many women. And for some women, the surgery turns out to be the best thing they ever did for their gyne health. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine can definitely play a role in period pain management and blood health. And i am also a big advocate that for some patients, they may need to gently stay open to the idea that a laparoscopic intervention may also be something that is needed on their healing journey.