An endometriosis flare can be caused for many reasons ..... what causes this disease to suddenly flare up really bad and what can you do about it?
Having endometriosis causes many distressing symptoms but there seem to be certain triggers that can make symptoms much worse and can cause a flare up. An endometriosis flare tends to increase the symptoms of pain with bloating and can also cause nausea, weakness and feeling just awful.
For some an endometriosis flare can be so bad it can mean a trip to A and E. It is unfortunate that having a flare seems to be quite common and causes added distress and anguish. A flare can literally stop life in its tracks.
When suffering from endometriosis it can really help to share with other sufferers what makes their symptoms worse, as there can be some common reasons why a flare can happen. Comparing notes with others can help to relieve some of the stress that can be caused and to know you are not the only one who suffers in such a way.
Sometimes your body can give you clues that a flare may be threatening, like suffering from a nausea attack or feeling feverish. You need to listen to these clues so you can manage your symptoms better.
To give you some idea what causes a flare for others here are a few reports describing what triggers can cause an endometriosis flare.
“Annoyingly, I know that alcohol is a big trigger for me. Sometimes it's immediately and sometimes it comes the next day but basically, I just have to avoid it as much as possible. Other than that, dairy and gluten are big culprits - basically anything that causes inflammation in the bowels.”
“I notice them when I "overdo it". If I do too much physical activity, clean too much for too long, exercise too long, or even too vigorous sexual activity.”
“Getting too hungry, so blood sugar issues”
“Bladder pressure and waiting too long to go to the toilet”
“Definitely sweets or carbs. everyone’s favourites, right? Anxiety/stress. Sitting on hard surfaces, or even trying to get up from sitting. Oh, and coughing. Coughing or sneezing sets me right off.”
“Dairy, or red meat, or sugar for me”
“Cold weather, holding pee, over eating, not eating enough, not sleeping enough, over exercising, tight clothing, certain foods & drinks, stress, sitting or standing for too long, sex”
“Sugar and alcohol”
“If I get too hungry, I can spend the rest of the day feeling even more sick.”
“Stress, crappy foods & not getting enough sleep”
“Nightshades- peppers, tomatoes, etc”
“Intercourse can cause pain for days”
“Travelling. Working Being unable to lay down and rest my belly. Then it gets angry!”
“Stress, heavy lifting, bread, pasta, insomnia”
“Definitely stress and certain foods trigger my endo”
“I have been managing my pain really well until I went through a really stressful time and I’ve been having flare up after flare up.”
“I also really notice a correlation between high stress levels and increased pain, and then the increased pain makes me more tired and stressed so it’s just a vicious cycle!”
“Stress does aggravate symptoms. Poor diet, poor sleep, lack of movement.. they all contribute.”
“Stress is amazingly bad for your body in every way, not just as relates to endometriosis. I've been rushed to hospital with chest pains that turned out to be stress.”
“Red meat, junk food, weight gain, lack of exercise.”
“Lack of sleep, tight waist bands or knickers, stress, constipation”
“Insomnia/Lack of sleep, Stress and Bad Unhealthy food....”
“I stopped eating soy and it got so much better. It definitely gets worse when I eat soy”
“Junk food, alcohol and sugar”
“Stress, fatigue, particular foods eg dairy & gluten”
“I have some kind of symptom everyday but "flares" can seem to be really quite random but most of the time when I think about it, I realise oh I'm ovulating/due on/had a stressful time or over done it"
This is the tip of the iceberg of what it is like to develop an endometriosis flare. These feedback comments come from social media - which is a great place to get support and advice from others.
You can see there are many common issues that can cause a flare, especially eating the wrong foods, stress and doing too much physically. Poor sleep is another trigger, which really adds insult to injury as sleep is the time the body does most of its repairing.
There are certain self help measures you can take to help you deal with a flare if it is not too serious and you can manage it at home.
These are just some of the things you can do to help you manage and get through a flare attack. You may have to experiment what works best for you as we are all different, but do not give up - you will eventually find what works best to help you and what you should avoid.