Endometriosis

From MEpedia, a crowd-sourced encyclopedia of ME and CFS science and history
Jump to: navigation, search

Endometriosis is a condition in which the layer of tissue that normally covers the inside of the uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of it. One third of women with endometriosis have no symptoms.

Symptoms[edit | edit source]

Symptoms may include[1]:

  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Heavy or irregular bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Lower abdominal or back pain 
  • Dyspareunia
  • Dyschezia (pain on defecation) - Often with cycles of diarrhea and constipation
  • Bloating, nausea, and vomiting
  • Inguinal pain
  • Pain on micturition and/or urinary frequency
  • Pain during exercise

Diagnosis[edit | edit source]

Treatment & Management[edit | edit source]

Co-morbdities[edit | edit source]

ME/CFS[edit | edit source]

Patients with ME/CFS may have higher rates of gynecologic disorders including endometriosis, ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, uterine fibroids, menstrual abnormalities and galactorrhea.[2]

A 2018 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that more than a third of women with CFS (36.1%) reported endometriosis as a comorbid condition. Women with both CFS and endometriosis report more chronic pelvic pain, earlier menopause, hysterectomy, and more CFS-related symptoms compared to women with CFS-only.[3]

Research studies[edit | edit source]

  • 2019, Endometriosis as a Comorbid Condition in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): Secondary Analysis of Data from a CFS Case-Control study[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Davila, G. Willy (Dec 5, 2017). "Endometriosis". Medscape. 
  2. Harlow, BL (Sep 28, 1998). "Reproductive correlates of chronic fatigue syndrome". American Journal of Medicine. 
  3. 3.03.1 Boneva, Roumiana S.; Lin, Jin-Mann S.; Wieser, Friedrich; Nater, Urs M.; Ditzen, Beate; Taylor, Robert N.; Unger, Elizabeth R. (Apr 2018). "Endometriosis as a Comorbid Condition in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): Secondary Analysis of Data from a CFS Case-Control study". Frontiers in Pediatrics. doi:10.3389/fped.2019.00195. 

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.

The information provided at this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness.
From MEpedia, a crowd-sourced encyclopedia of ME and CFS science and history.