Chronic Pain

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Best Probiotics for Endometriosis and Chronic Pelvic Pain

It can be hard to determine the best probiotics for endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. The "best probiotic" can be challenging to choose from among the many options.  It's even more difficult to determine which probiotics are best for endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. As health and wellness professionals who support clients with endometriosis and pelvic pain, we have to educate ourselves about the research on the best probiotics for…

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How to Heal and Treat Vulvodynia

How to Heal and Treat Vulvodynia Vulvodynia affects over 14 million people in the US alone. This complex pain syndrome is a frustrating condition to treat. Vulvodynia is a condition that causes pain in the vulva (or specifically in the vulvar vestibule). The root cause of vulvodynia is not fully understood. Vulvodynia is most bothersome when provoked and when the tissue is irritated. This often happens during sex, when wiping…

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Gluten and Endometriosis

Gluten and Endometriosis Is there a link between gluten and endometriosis?  Should women avoid gluten to lower their risk of endometriosis or to help to resolve the symptoms of endometriosis? Let’s look at the research… First, it’s important to consider that endometriosis has many characteristics of an autoimmune disease (Eisenberg, et al., 2012).  It is clear that endometriosis is an inflammatory disease process.  In endometriosis, the presence of endometrial glands…

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Sleep, Melatonin, and Endometriosis

Sleep issues and endometriosis often go hand in hand. Patients with endometriosis frequently struggle with a variety of sleep issues, including insomnia, pain-insomnia, poor sleep, chronic fatigue, restless leg syndrome, and more. But...why is it so common for people with endometriosis to struggle with poor sleep and sleep issues? When cortisol goes up, melatonin goes down. Cortisol, a key stress buffing hormone, inhibits melatonin, and melatonin is an important hormone…

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CBD Oil and Cannabis for Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Relief

Why are we talking about cannabis and CBD in relation to endometriosis? Because a whopping 76% percent of people with endometriosis use self-care strategies to manage their pain and other symptoms. (Armour, et al., 2019). If you know someone with endometriosis, you know that pelvic pain relief is always a priority. Recent studies indicate that CBD and cannabis are powerful tools for combating endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. In a…

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How to Relieve “Endo Belly”

  One of the most frustrating challenges that our clients with endometriosis face is how to relieve the chronic bloating known as “Endo Belly.” Over the years, my practice has seen thousands of women struggling with this, and we have developed an integrative protocol for relieving the bloat for good. What is “Endo Belly”? Before we get into the steps to relieving Endo Belly, let’s talk about what it really…

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The Role of Rehabilitation Medicine in Chronic Pelvic Pain

It was my honor to interview Dr. Allyson Shrikhande, MD, founder of Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine about the role of rehabilitation medicine in chronic pelvic pain. Rehabilitation medicine includes the tools of pain and nervous system modulation medications, specific injections to improve local pain in the pelvis, including pelvic nerve pain, and management and referrals for integrative healing. At Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, the physicians are on the cutting edge of pain…

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Histamine-Intolerance

Histamine Intolerance, Autoimmunity, and Endometriosis

Histamine is essential to a variety of physiologic functions, and it is a versatile biologic amine involved in fine-tuning the balance between immunity and tolerance. Immunity is the ability to fight infection or clear abnormal cells Tolerance is the ability of the immune system to tolerate “outsider molecules” like foods, dust, environmental chemicals, etc. Histamines affect dendritic cells (cells that boost the immune responses by showing antigens on their surfaces…

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Life With Endometriosis: Interview with Margaret Kalms

Enjoy this interview with Margaret Kalms, author of Life With Endometriosis   Margaret Kalms created her art and a book of her art to raise awareness of the daily impact of endometriosis through her imagery and conversations with women with endometriosis. Tune in to hear the story of the creation of her Margaret's new book, Life With Endometriosis. Interview Transcript: Jessica Drummond: All right, hi there, everyone. It's Jessica Drummond…

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Dark Chocolate Benefits

The beautiful thing about dark chocolate is that it is delicious, and let me share some of the best dark chocolate benefits with you... Dark Chocolate Benefits Certainly some women are highly sensitive to caffeine.  For those women, dark chocolate is not a good choice.  Some women don’t like dark chocolate.  But, often if they are simply used to eating milk chocolate, it's an acquired taste that can be developed…

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