These health conditions have crept their way into every facet of my life and are something I will always carry with me.
I have accepted these conditions for what they are and for what they do to me. I try extremely hard not to let these conditions rule my life but be passengers in my journey.
I am a person who has health conditions, not just my health conditions!!
In the following I have written brief outlines of these health conditions and my approach to dealing with them, in the forms of Alternative Therapies and Traditional Western Medical practises...
Endometriosis is a gynecological medical condition in which cells from the lining of the uterus appear and flourish outside the uterine cavity.
These endometrial-like cells in areas outside the uterus (endometriosis) are influenced by hormonal changes and respond in a way that is similar to the cells found inside the uterus.
Endometriosis is typically seen during the reproductive years; it has been estimated that 1 in 10 women have endometriosis at some point in their menstrual cycle.
Symptoms may depend on the site of active endometriosis, and often worsen with the menstrual cycle.
Its main but not universal symptom is pelvic pain in various manifestations. Endometriosis is a common finding in women with infertility.
For more information you can read my post Endo: What is it and how does it affect me?
In this post I go into detail about how Endometriosis has affected my life and the early stages of my diagnosis.
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension.
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) is a serious neurological condition in which high cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure within the skull causes unbearable headaches, swelling of the optic nerves (papilloedema) and can result in loss of vision or blindness.
IIH was formerly known as BIH (Benign Intracranial Hypertension) although this name is falling out of use now as the condition can cause permanent visual loss and therefore is certainly not harmless or benign, as sufferers who live with it's effects daily would agree.
It's also sometimes known as pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) as there are some of the signs and symptoms of a brain tumour without a tumour being present(pseudo meaning false).
The cause of IIH is unknown – idiopathic means "of unknown cause". IIH is a rare condition affecting about one or two in every 100,000 people, most of them women of childbearing age, but men and children can also be affected.
For more information you can read my post Geared Up and Ready for my Procedure.
In this post I go into detail about the condition- symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. I talk about my looming Stenting Procedure and follow it up in Transverse Venous Sinus Stenting.
Things seem to be 'on the up' and I am eager about getting back into my life!!
Alternative Therapies v's Traditional Western Medicine
Mixture of Both