Learning to Manage My Endometriosis Symptoms
So, I have Endometriosis, a disease that can be considered long-term. However, what really affects me is how I function day by day. These past few years since I have been diagnosed have been challenging, but also a great learning experience.
I am now a rising senior and on a typical day, I have pain. Something maybe other girls with endometriosis can relate to. The list of things I need to do this summer before applying to college keeps piling up; however, instead of letting the stress and pain get to me, I am learning to manage my life and symptoms.
The first thing I changed was my diet. I realized that some of the food I was eating was upsetting my stomach, and contributing to my pain, which I didn’t appreciate. Therefore, I went to a nutritionist for the first time. She recommended a low- FODMAP diet. This diet is designed primarily to help patients with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) manage their gastrointestinal symptoms. However, this diet seemed perfect for me given I was having similar symptoms along with my endo pain. I have been on this diet for over a month now, and I feel great. I realized that being happy with what I’m eating and how it makes me feel greatly impacts my mood and my ability to stay focused.
Second, I started creating a schedule for myself. Each day, I would make a list of things I need to accomplish. Additionally, I would have a “wish” list of things I would like to do each day. This is my reward for completing my assignments. Having a schedule has kept me on track and motivated me to get work done so I can spend time with friends and family. This has also made me feel more organized and by the end of the day, successful.
I hope that some of the things I have learned that help me manage my endo on a daily basis can help you too!