No pain and no gain

I’m glad to report that I’m getting better at managing my endometriosis. I’ve learnt about my triggers, which foods to avoid at which times of day and remedies that help when symptoms do flare up. I’m trying to rely less on painkillers but I know I always have access to them if I need them. I don’t need to struggle along if I’m in pain. But here’s the thing, sometimes it feels like I would prefer the pain.

That sounds a bit over dramatic, but hear me out. Pain sucks. That we can agree on. But if making the pain go away results in nausea, constipation, drowsiness, frustration and overall general weepiness, is it always worth it? A day of these symptoms is hard enough, but several days? A whole week? How much can one person take?

Flowers and breakfast food always make me feel a little bit better


I really struggled with my first period after starting investigations for endometriosis. I had different medications to contend with and I didn’t really know what they were all for. I was exhausted all the time, it was difficult to keep my eyes open. My tummy hurt from being so constipated and I just wanted to cry. But I wasn’t having any pain in my hips or lower back, for the first time in weeks.

As my period ended and I gradually reduced the medication I was taking, I started to feel better and more like my old self. Then I had a nasty flare up which reminded me just how crucial pain killers are. Yes it sucks going to bed early and not being able to poo, but being able to get through the day with the unbelievable pain of endometriosis is worth it.

I don’t know what will happen when my next period rolls around. But if I’ve learnt anything from this first experience it’s that painkillers are necessary and important. I must take them regularly and on time. The side effects are horrible, but nothing compared to the pain that they take away.

Do you have to take regular pain medication? What do you struggle with the most? Feel free to vent your frustrations in the comments section down below – we could all do with a good rant!

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12 thoughts on “No pain and no gain

  1. I had a large ovarian cyst and had to take a lot of painkillers until it was removed. I hated taking such large amounts because it really messes with my gut health which effects everything else in my body. I can’t imagine having to stay on them long term! Hope you feel better soon!

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      • Yes, I am. But they still come and go. I’ve found that stress is a major trigger for them and so I’ve tried very hard to remove as much from my life as possible. But eating healthy and a healthy lifestyle has really helped my body get rid of them.

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I’ve been dealing with pain for the past 6 months due to an injury and I can relate to the frustration around taking pain medication and the no win situation it puts you in with side effects. Hope you feel better soon and can find ways to minimize the amount of pain killers you have to take. I’ve found magnesium supplements and benefiber can help with constipation.

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    • Thank you for taking the time to comment, it always makes me feel better to know I’m not the only one in this situation 😊 Thanks for the tips about supplements, I’ll be sure to check them out!

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  3. I struggled with endometriosis my whole life.. it wasn’t until this past year I found a doctor who was experienced with endo and didn’t just tell me to “take some pain meds, it’s just cramps.”

    I have been on Lupron Depot for the past 6 months and feel amazing. While I’m not supposed to have periods, a side effect is bleeding, so the first few months I had regular periods (well not regular for me because they were light bleeding and such mild cramping, I’d take that any day over the usual pain I experienced). But maybe it’s something to look into! I had the surgery done for endo removal/scraping and then went on Lupron. Actually have my ultra sound today to see if any endo has come back. Good luck! I’m glad I stumbled across your page. Thanks for liking my post as well!

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    • That’s really interesting, thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a helpful comment. That’s definitely something I will look into. I’m still waiting on my consultant appointment which will hopefully lead to surgery. Best of luck with your ultra sound!

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