Endometriosis

I’ve had an extremely busy half term, having gone on a school trip to Berlin for 4 nights, the remaining time I spent at home was solely dedicated to my Mum who has recently had an operation.

For the past few years my mother has been complaining about pain in her pelvic region, and has visited the doctors several times to try and diagnose the problem. This pain is on top on various other ailments that she suffers from.

Fortunately, last summer it was confirmed by an ultrasound scan that she was probably suffering from endometriosis. She was then transferred to a specialist who proposed a laparoscopy operation to assess the extent of her condition.

Hence, last week she endured surgery, which was successful in that it was discovered that one of her ovaries had a cyst around it and her fallopian tube was diseased. The surgeons were able to remove her left ovary and clear the diseased area. [Figure 1 shows her healthy ovary and figure 2 shows the cyst on her left ovary.]

Healthy ovary
Healthy ovary

Just one week later, although she has limited physical capability, the operation has taken a turn for the better. She is no longer in agony in this region of her body, however she still suffers from neck pain as well as severe headaches due to some unknown problems which are yet to be diagnosed by doctors.

Cyst on left ovary
Cyst on left ovary

Helping my Mum run the house has really brought me and my brothers and sister together. We have been working hard to ensure dinner is cooked, cleaning is done and making sure our Mum gets all the rest needed for a healthy recovery. Hopefully, in the near future her other problems will be resolved and she will be able to look forward to a relatively pain free life.

I’ll keep you up to date on any developments in my mother’s health and if you want to find out more about endometriosis visit this website: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Endometriosis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Me and my Mum
Me and my Mum

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