Symptoms vary with activity and mood

by Kimberleigh

My endometriosis symptoms include:

* pelvic pain
* mood swings
* bloating
* chest pain
* shoulder pain
* fatigue
* fevers
* pain during intercourse
* rectal pain and bleeding
* nausea and indigestion (that one is recent)

All of these come and go depending on time of month and stress levels. However, shoulder pain is most chronic just before and for about 3 days after my period.

Pelvic pain is usually just before and during a period and the rectal bleeding is normally just before a period. With all the bleeding it's safe to say I do take iron tablets otherwise I become anaemic very quickly!

I have found that taking Melatonin, Zinc, Iron, Vit B6 and Vit C do help my symptoms. I haven't taken them all in the past 3 months and have noticed a worsening in my pain. Melatonin is a big help to reduce inflammation.

I'm getting back into a gym routine now which I find helps relieve some pain and, due to only having one kidney, I drink at least a litre and a half of water a day and try to stick to only two cups of coffee. A big cut back for someone who used to drink 10 cups a day!

Unfortunately, what works for me may not work for you. But, you have to try things and see what your body responds to.

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