Managing a chronic illness like endometriosis can be extremely challenging. Here are several things you can do to manage your symptoms.
Having endometriosis can be very stressful and stress can make endometriosis symptoms worse. Luckily, there are several things you can do every day to actively manage and reduce your stress levels. If you’re not sure where to start or find it difficult to manage on your own, consider working with a licensed clinical therapist Palm Beach Gardens FL. A therapist can help you learn and practice essential relaxation techniques like visualizations, autogenic training, or deep breathing exercises. It may take time to find which technique works best for you.
Sometimes healthcare providers will suggest taking medicine to ease pain or manage symptoms. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to minimize pain during a flare-up. Hormone therapy is often used when symptoms become too severe to manage. Hormone therapies can include birth control pills, vaginal rings, hormone-releasing implants, or injections. Make sure you are aware of the potential side effects of any medication you take and carefully weigh the risks and benefits of each option.
Diet and Exercise
Try your best to move your body and exercise on your low pain days. Exercising can help reduce inflammation and release endorphins in your brain. By going for a walk or bike ride you can encourage better circulation and increase oxygen flow throughout your body. Yoga can be a great way to stretch your muscles, manage pelvic floor pain, and help your body relax. Be sure to refuel your body after every workout. Eating a diet rich in vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids along with fruits, vegetables can help further reduce inflammation
Although endometriosis is both physically and emotionally challenging, there are several things you can do to manage your condition and improve your life.