November 27, 2006 |
Christina Shimek is only 17, but she has already had more pain than many adults have in a lifetime. She woke up one morning a year ago, she says, "in excruciating pain in my lower back and pelvic area. I was in tears." Frantic, her parents took her to the hospital, where doctors assumed the trouble was her appendix and took it out. The appendix was normal, however -- and the pain persisted. The Leominster, Mass.
October 19, 1990 |
A drug commonly used to treat circulatory disorders may prove to be an effective new therapy for infertility caused by endometriosis, an often painful condition suffered by millions of women worldwide, researchers announced Thursday. In a study directed by Dr. Alex Steinleitner of Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami, researchers induced endometriosis in hamsters.
April 13, 1998 |
As she entered midlife, Connie Koller was losing almost a week of every month to her abnormally heavy menstrual periods. Employed full time in the accounting department of Baltimore's Good Samaritan Hospital, trying to keep up with the schedules of three children, the 41-year-old Parkville, Md., woman often felt as if she were having to plan her life around her periods. "I was afraid to go anywhere because of the excessive bleeding," she says. "I knew I had to do something."
July 4, 2005 |
Jackie Apuzzo is 16 weeks pregnant -- something she was beginning to think would never happen. Following nine years of unsuccessful efforts to have a baby, including failed in vitro fertilization, a miscarriage and a diagnosis of endometriosis, the 37-year-old social worker finally visited an acupuncturist on the advice of a friend. After two months of acupuncture treatments and a regimen of Chinese herbs, she became pregnant.
December 2, 1986 |
On a recent rainy evening, Rita McCrerey Vogel was setting out leaflets at UC San Diego Medical Center, getting ready for the monthly meeting of the San Diego Chapter of the Endometriosis Assn. She looked cheerful. She looked healthy. "I am healthy, now," she said. "I feel wonderful." She looked equally healthy four years ago, McCrerey Vogel said. Then, suddenly, she awoke in the night in excruciating pain. "I had no idea I had endometriosis," she said. "I'd never even heard of it."
June 3, 2002 |
Endometriosis is a chronic disease that affects one out of 10 women of childbearing age in the United States, causing such symptoms as intense pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue and infertility. Every month, the endometrium--the lining of the uterus--thickens with blood in response to rising levels of the hormone estrogen. If conception does not occur, the body sheds this lining during the normal menstrual bleed.