Colon Endometriosis

Written by Amy Hall
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Colon endometriosis occurs when scar tissue and adhesions form around the colon, and in some cases bind the colon to other organs, such as the ovaries, the uterus, or the ligaments supporting the pelvis. Women who experience pain during bowel movements, diarrhea, constipation, or abdominal cramping should seek medical testing immediately, as these symptoms are not normal. Many women experience the frustration of being diagnosed with the wrong condition, as colon endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and spastic colon have similar symptoms.

Once scar tissue has caused extensive damage in and around the colon, surgery becomes necessary to remove the affected tissues and abnormal growths. Women who undergo surgery often have a complete recovery and symptoms disappear completely. Other woman may still experience problems with diarrhea and constipation, but to a lesser degree after surgery. In cases such as this, pain medication and other treatments may be recommended to keep pain at a minimum, control diarrhea, and stop constipation.

What many people do not realize is that colon endometriosis is not only physically painful but emotionally scarring and mentally challenging as well. Women who suffer from this type of chronic pain can become depressed and withdraw from social situations. In addition, painful bowel movements can lead to chronic constipation because a woman may avoid having a bowel movement due to the anticipated pain. Diarrhea makes it difficult to function far from a bathroom, which is why many women opt to stay home.

Dealing with the Pain of Colon Endometriosis

Surgery can help restore your pelvic region, including your colon, back to their normal functioning state. If you have endured the pain of colon endometriosis, you do have treatment options that can help put an end to your pain. Call your doctor and discuss the treatment options available, so you can get on with your life as you should.

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