Dealing with endometriosis on a day to day basis can be very difficult to say the least. There is the pain, discomfort, anxiety and exhaustion to deal with. Fortunately many women have found support and comfort using various tools to help them cope with their symptoms and help ease their pain.
Hot water Bottle
An obvious and very popular tool which is easy to use. A hot water bottle placed on the abdomen can help ease the pain and cramps of endometriosis as well as the pain with your periods. Low back pain is another common symptom and a hot water placed in the small of your back will help relax tight muscles and relieve the tension and pain.
These have similar benefits to a hot water bottle in helping to relieve pain. Reports say they are very good at reducing pain quickly. There are two types of heating pads - electric infrared pads and natural pads or bags that are filled with rice which you heat up in the microwave.
Some manufacturers make the natural microwave pads that you can fasten to your body by wrapping round and fastening with velco. These are great if you want to keep moving around and want something to help with your period pains. The electric heating pads are more convenient to use in the evening when you are able to sit down and relax.
A Tens machine is designed specifically to help with body pain. It uses small electric pulses to calm the nerve stimulus in the muscles and in turn it numbs the pain responses. These little machine are easy to use and can be clipped into your waistband when in use.
The sticky pads can be used on most areas of the body except the head. It is quite safe to use TENS for many hours without causing problems. They are powered by batteries so it is a good idea to get rechargeable batteries, with a spare to use when the other is being recharged.
Castor oil packs
These are great to use to relieve pain and they can also help with inflammation, digestive upset, help detox the liver and can calm the central nervous system. They may seem a bit fiddly at first but once you get used to them, it is a nice way to give you body lots of benefits. You can read more about castor oil packs and how they can help endometriosis HERE
Using aromatherapy with the use of essential oils has many health benefits. Different oils provide different health benefits. Marjoram and peppermint oils are especially good for pain, and peppermint oil has analgesic properties. Chamomile oil also helps with pain and has inflammatory properties as well as having calming effects on the central nervous system.
Lavender is undoubtedly one of the most popular and well-known essential oils for pain relief. Natural treatments using lavender have been used for centuries to relieve migraines and headaches. Lavender contains compounds that act as a mild sedative which reduces stress and anxiety. Massaging lavender oil helps to relieve menstrual cramps when massaged into the abdominal area.
Unlike other essential oils which should be mixed with a carrier oil before using on the skin, lavender oil is mild enough to be placed directly on small areas of the skin without being diluted. You can read more about essential oils to help with endometriosis HERE
Many have found relief from the pain of endometriosis with the help of yoga. Yoga is an ancient mind-body exercise that combines breath control, meditation, and movements to stretch and strengthen muscles. There are various poses and guidance can be found online for the more simple poses. Yoga helps with posture and can aid relaxation. Try joining a local yoga class to get some guidance and advice.
This is an ancient practise that has many benefits to help calm and centre the body and mind. Focused meditation is known to help with pain by inducing deep relaxation. Meditation can help with anxiety, tension, lowers blood pressure and can help with problems with sleep. You can find many guided meditations available on YouTube that will help guide you and help you relax.
This oil is gaining popularity not only for pain, but also for anxiety, depression, skin ailments and has even been noted as helping with cancer. The oil can be purchased in various strengths and is taken sub-lingual. You can also purchase CBD as a skin balm which can be rubbed into areas of pain or discomfort. Some endometriosis sufferers are reporting great benefits from CBD oil to help with their pain as well as anxiety and insomnia.
These are just some of the tools and techniques being used by those suffering with endometriosis to help them cope with their symptoms. You may find other tools that will help you. Simple things like a long hot bath with essential oils can be very relaxing, herbal teas have different health benefits, earthing can help your immune system and help you sleep.
Try asking for advice on the endometriosis forums and message boards to see what others are doing to help them manage their symptoms on a daily basis.