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The Woman Code and Flo Living

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Nutrition, Symptoms, Treatment | 0 comments

  One of our lovely Project Endo readers alerted us to this new book and programme for endocrine disorders by Flo Living. Founded by medical trainee Ailisa Virti, herself a sufferer of severe hormone imbalances who left the allopathic medical path to pursue functional nutrition, Flo Living offers coaching and support in making dietary changes for hormone balance. Check out Alissa on Vimeo here. Flo Living is here. For anyone interested in using nutrition to balance hormones it may absolutely be worth a look.   Posted with...

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Back to basics: what are the symptoms of endometriosis?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Symptoms | 0 comments

                          Symptoms of endometriosis can vary and you may not show any symptoms at all. The most common symptom is chronic pelvic pain which feels similar to menstrual cramps. The pain often correlates to the menstrual cycle, however a woman with endometriosis may also experience pain at other times during her monthly cycle. Endometriosis is described as a chronic illness as it lasts a long time, sometimes for the rest of the affected persons life. When describing an illness, the term chronic refers to how long a...

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Pain Gate Theory and Managing Chronic Pain

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Coping, Pain, Symptoms | 0 comments

The “pain gate theory” refers to the concept of a neural pain gateway between the central nervous system and the brain. By managing to “switch off” the signal as much as possible, living with and managing pain can be so much more effective. This article explains the theory further. The list below are strategies which can help “close” the pain gateway: Distraction by having things to do and planning ahead Distraction using specific distraction techniques Pacing yourself in your activities using time rather than pain as a prompt to rest of change...

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Pacing for chronic pain

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Coping, Featured, Pain, Symptoms | 0 comments

Pacing for chronic pain

  Pacing is a well known technique used to manage chronic pain in conditions such as endometriosis, and also chronic fatigue. Getting used to the idea of doing slightly less than we want to can be very difficult; so many of us make the best of “good” days by doing EVERYTHING we couldn’t do after a few bad days. Unfortunately this can perpetuate the pain and tiredness, and “pacing” is a method which helps conserve energy and pain by taking an active approach in the management of it. The  idea is to break the cycle of pain, anxiety, tension, stress, more...

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Ask an expert: what causes bloating with endometriosis?

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Expert, Symptoms | 0 comments

What is the theory behind endometriosis causing bloating? Answer from our Gynae consultant expert Michael Cooper: Endometriotic deposits within the abdominal cavity result in a cascade of inflammatory proteins which can be measured at a research level.  It is thought that some of these proteins are toxic to sperm and oocytes and thus possibly decreasing fertility and it may also be that in a similar way these inflammatory proteins are toxic to the lining of the abdomen or peritoneum thus resulting in the bloating that is commonly associated with the condition. Follow Michael on...

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Back to basics: what is endometriosis?

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Diagnosis, Featured, Pain, Symptoms, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Endometriosis (pronounced end-oh-mee-tree-oh-sis) is a painful, chronic and sometimes debilitating gynaecological disease which affects millions of women worldwide. It occurs when tissue similar to that which lines the uterus (called endometrium) is found growing outside of the womb, usually in the pelvis (although it can be found anywhere in the body), and develops in to growths or lesions. Endometriosis is most commonly found on or around ovaries fallopian tubes lining of the pelvic cavity ligaments supporting the womb the area between the vagina and...

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