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Saturday Surfing: Have a linktastic weekend

May 15th, 2010 by Elizabeth Kissling

2 responses to “Saturday Surfing: Have a linktastic weekend”

  1. Tori says:

    I get really frustrated when I see health care providers recommending the Same. Old. Things. for managing menstrual pain. I grasp that a lot of people respond well to NSAIDs. However, I also think a lot of people try over-the-counter NSAIDs *before* asking medical professionals for additional advice.

    I’m also frustrated when doctors fail to even mention possibilities like endometriosis, which is a very real possibility when talking about pain severe enough to miss school. Certainly I can’t say what anyone else does or does not have, and I realize that my own experience is skewing the way I’m viewing this, but… on average, people who are diagnosed with endo experience a 10 year delay between the onset of symptoms and when they actually receive a diagnosis.

    That’s 10 years in cyclical — sometimes nearly constant — significant pain.

    And while I am concerned about reacting too strongly the other way, pathologising menstruation instead of treating it as a normal life event… At the same time, on the while, I think severe menstrual pain deserves to be taken more seriously by health care providers than it often is.

  2. Laura Wershler says:

    I agree, Tori. I am from Calgary and was disturbed by the inadequacies of Dr. Peter NIeman’s column on menstrual pain. Putting teenagers on the pill for menstrual pain is a cop-out treatment. And not exploring the possibility of endometriosis borders on malpractice. I will be contacting him directly to share my concerns. He should have directed readers to the website of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation REsearch. There readers might find some fresh thinking on painful menstruation and endometriosis.

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