So you just received the diagnosis of "endometriosis"; but as soon as your doctor started to explain, he or she began to sound like the teacher on the Peanuts cartoon - “Wah, wah, wah, wah.” Let’s see if I can help you understand your diagnosis a little better.
Endometriosis is a condition that can affect some women who still have a uterus and ovaries, and are not menopausal. The uterus (or womb) has special cells and tissue called endometrial cells. These cells make up a l
At some point in your life, you will go to the doctor for either a check-up or you are feeling sick. No matter what the reason, blood work may have to be obtained in order to evaluate your condition. However, most people get their blood drawn and have absolutely no idea what is being tested or why. On a number of occasions, I have ordered lab work on a patient, only to be told “I had my blood work done, and everything was normal.” Uhm, nope. That is not always the case. Here
So, you have just been diagnosed with fibroid tumors. Stop..... Don’t freak out! You may be thinking what a lot of people are thinking... “I have cancer.” Tumors don’t necessarily mean cancer. As a matter of fact, most uterine fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) and rarely become cancerous. Uterine fibroids are one of the most common types of tumors found in the reproductive system of women. They are fibrous masses found within the womb and can occur in any of the three layer
My first year of medical school, I called my parents every week CONVINCED that I had a new disease. By the time I called home with a new diagnosis of lupus, my mother sighed and handed the phone to my father. To be fair, every page in that medical book had symptoms that I could relate to. I was so glad that many people didn’t have access to those references because they would probably be just like me. But then something happened: The Internet. In the world of technology, more