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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.

    • 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. http://www.cemcor.ubc.ca There readers might find some fresh thinking on painful menstruation and endometriosis. http://www.cemcor.ubc.ca/taxonomy/term/1

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