Andrew Cook shows exactly why so many women are improperly treated and left to suffer and why his rate of success is so high. Cook has the knowledge, curiosity, and determination required to truly resolve a complicated and debilitating disease. Prices and offers may vary in store. Kobo ebook. About The Author. Andrew S. Select Parent Grandparent Teacher Kid at heart.
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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Feb 03, Amber Koppenhofer rated it it was amazing Shelves: endometriosis. If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would, not because it's hard to put down though it is a compelling read for an informational book , but because it is full of detailed useful information that gives me hope for the future. I have been battling endometriosis for years, and have had two surgeries to "treat" it, but am still struggling.
I lost my uterus and ascending colon to this disease and it is still eating away at my insides.
I've been on hormone replacement for the last two year If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would, not because it's hard to put down though it is a compelling read for an informational book , but because it is full of detailed useful information that gives me hope for the future. I've been on hormone replacement for the last two years trying to suppress it and prevent another surgery, and while the endometriosis has been suppressed, the side effects of the bioidentical hormone therapy are almost as unwelcome as the disease itself.
This book brought me to tears on more than one occasion, not only because the author does such a great job at explaining what women with this disease go through, but because he does it with a level of compassion that I thought no one who does not have this disease could. I now believe that I can find a surgeon who can help me when I am ready to have my next, and hopefully last surgery, even if I have to travel to do so. I believe any woman who has suffered with endometriosis should inform herself of her options, and can easily do so by reading this well written book.
Dec 28, April rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So grateful Dr. Cook wrote this book and my therapist recommended it! This book will definitely help others who don't have endo understand it better and be able to provide better support to those who do have it.
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The passage from the husband of a women with endo at the beginning is So grateful Dr. The passage from the husband of a women with endo at the beginning is so spot on from a man's perspective. I'm glad that men can come to understand the pain and what it involves like this. My pain has shifted and decreased a little this year, but it was so horrible last year and the year before that--mostly because I was in denial about it and every month, thought I could get better or it would go away on its own.
And I didn't know how to deal with it and I would fight it, which only made it worse. Each cycle is a still little different than the previous one, so I never know what to expect in terms of the pain levels and length of time I'll be in pain. But it's been fairly consistent that I have pain on days and days I have vomited because of the pain during day 2.
Now I've learned more what to expect and I can block out the days when I know I'll be in the most pain so I can be home resting in bed. However, I want to be able to live a life with less pain and where I don't have to be confined to bed for any number of days. The way Dr.
Cook explains the options for surgery is helpful too. I know he is a competent and careful doctor who will likely be able to help me if I do decide on surgery. Luckily he is only a 35 minute drive away. I know patients travel from all over to see be able to see him. But it's essential.
You have to educate yourself about this frustrating disease and find the support to cope with it. You need a physician who won't make you think you're crazy for reporting severe pain symptoms for which he or she can't find a cause or cure. Your doctor should listen to you, treat you with respect, give you a thorough exam, clearly explain your medical and surgical options, and provide you with adequate pain relief.
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In addition, your physician should offer suggestions for improving your overall health and well-being through nutrition, exercise, and perhaps complementary therapies. Most important, your doctor should be an expert in the surgical techniques that remove endometriosis--the only way to rid yourself of this disease. Worse, it may affect her self-esteem, as she comes to believe that others don't think her devastating pain is worth their trouble.
Mothers can't reliably meet the needs of their children. Women with jobs outside the home can't get to work and function at their highest capacity.
Wives push through the pain to be intimate with their husbands, but eventually the pain becomes too intense. Being the loving, compassionate woman, mother, and partner that she truly is becomes more and more difficult. Feeling like a vibrant and desirable being is often a dim memory. The pain takes over her life, and the stress on family relationships is common and real.
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If you have rheumatoid arthritis, people around you see your gnarled hands and think, 'No wonder they hurt. But with endo, the cause of the pain is hidden, so it is all too easy for people to blame the woman, not the disease--and for the woman to blame herself, against all reason, for not getting better. With this disease, the woman is effectively held prisoner and tortured by her own body in broad daylight, often with no one who fully understands her situation or who can effectively help her.
What happens too often with hysterectomies is that the physician takes the uterus out and leaves the disease, believing that any remaining endo will 'melt away. It must be cut out and removed from the body. Many women who have endometriosis initially go to their doctors because of chronic pelvic pain.
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Your doctor may initially prescribe medications such as contraceptives OCs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs to treat that pelvic pain after ruling out other causes, such as infections. It can help relieve the pain of endometriosis and reduce endometriotic lesions. Suppressing the hormones helps 1,4 :. For illustrative purposes only. Responses may vary in individual patients. During this time, you may notice an increase in your current symptoms. Even though you may not have a period, unprotected intercourse could result in pregnancy.
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You should use non-hormonal birth control such as condoms, a diaphragm with contraceptive jelly, or a copper IUD to prevent pregnancy. Contact your doctor immediately if you think you may be pregnant. Many also experienced relief from painful intercourse, pelvic tenderness, and pelvic pain. One hundred and twenty-five patients from two 6-month, double-blind, randomized clinical studies entered a 1-year follow-up study.
This study grouped patients who received 3. The primary endometriosis signs and symptoms assessed were dysmenorrhea painful periods , non-menstrual pelvic pain NMPP pain in the pelvic area before or after periods , dyspareunia pain during sex , pelvic tenderness pain during the pelvic examination , and induration hardening of pelvic tissues.
The first day of the study was considered to be 29 days after the final study injection. Return of pain was defined to have occurred during the month for which pain levels returned to baseline prior to treatment levels or worse.