Just over three months ago I had surgery.
I feel like a broken record at this point but, in summary, I had a laparoscopy to investigate and excise endometriosis and had a mirena inserted while I was under (for more on that you can check out my surgery and recovery post
Since I put up that post, I’ve had my post-op appointment and started in a physiotherapy clinical trial at my hospital.
In my follow up appointment I got to see photos of inside my pelvis from the surgery and where the tissue they removed was, and had it confirmed that it was in fact endometriosis.
Left: Relatively recent side on photo of my stomach Right: My stomach during a recent bad endo flare up, underwear are digging into my stomach halfway up and leggings are covering my underwear.
I feel like I start every post that pertains to my chronic pain like this but hi, my name’s Mal and I have endometriosis.
Along with a delightful cocktail of other life-impinging symptoms, I, like
83% of others with endo, get the pleasure of looking six months pregnant frequently.
For me at least, this bloating is frequent, extreme and painful, which is what sets it apart from being bloated from your period or pasta intake.
Within the endo community we call this bloating ‘endo belly’, and along with fatigue and nausea is one of my most prominent symptoms.
And apart from the pain, you know what this makes really difficult? Pants.
Almost four weeks ago I had a laparoscopy which is a keyhole surgery used to examine or operate on, in my case, the source of pelvic pain.
My surgery was to inspect inside my pelvis and excise endometriosis (if found), and I also had a mirena IUD inserted while I was under.
I decided rather than doing a standard blog post about my surgery (which probably would have been three thousand words), I’d switch it up a little bit and vlog my recovery!
This is my first go at something like this, so I’d love if you checked it out!
Despite previously writing about
why I’m thankful for my period, I think most uterus-owners would agree with me… it’s often a pretty crappy time.
My period symptoms have changed (and worsened) over time and I, like you (probably), have developed my own set of tricks for getting through the shedding of my uterine wall.
These might not all work for or suit everyone, or maybe these are things you already do, but these rituals and products are what work for me.