Lindsay McCray is young, with short dark hair and glasses that frames her big blue eyes. During meetings at the workplace, she is sitting in a meeting room on the sixth floor of the Regional Court. If you look at McCray, I would not have known that for 20 years she was dealing with severe pains – she fired the tips of Advyl and Tylenol, eventually moving into mild opioids and shrinking the heat pillows close to any outflow that could be.
McCray suffers from endometriosis, a painful disease in which tissue that usually diverts the inside of the uterus – endometrium – grows outside the uterus.
As many women living with endometriosis, McCray did not know that she had this disease until she had been dealing with pain for 20 years, which describes how she left her whole pelvis to have a barbed wire inside her. The illness affects one in 10 women, but it often lasts for several years before being diagnosed by the lack of awareness surrounding it.
"If you have pain like this, one or two days a month, this is not so bad, but when they are three weeks each month, they begin to really worry," says resident Victoria.
For years, McCray has gone straight to bed when he watched her young children pass by her, because she was too painful to do a lot. She attributes her husband to the care of her all the time.
About two years ago, McCray met a nurse for an unrelated matter when the nurse turned to her and said, "You do not look good," the beginning of a conversation that would change McCreya's life.
At that time, she was told for the first time that she had endometriosis. McCray is reminiscent of a moment that is simultaneously confirmatory and exciting.
"Through this thought process you do not believe in yourself and you hear that the situation had a name and I was not crazy – it was pretty revolutionary for me," he says.
Dr. Catherine Allaire, medical director at B.C. The female hospital center for pelvic pain and endometriosis says that the disease is difficult to diagnose because of the lack of non-invasive methods, and adds that they usually do not provide complete cure.
He says that more needs to be done to increase awareness not only of the general public, but also of the level of health care.
"If a young woman has exhausting menstrual cramps that affect her ability to function, such as a missing school or an inability to work during periods, it should not be normal in any way," says Dr. Allaire.
Normalizes and releases female pain as one of the main factors leading to incorrect diagnosis.
"This was also recognized in other areas," she says. "In heart attacks, it is more likely that women in emergency services will be laid off and will be diagnosed compared to men who have a heart attack."
Dr. Allaire explains that the condition is chronic without treatment and includes lifelong treatment of symptoms. Some possible modes of treatment include the promotion of menopause to complete hysterectomy, sometimes along with the elimination of painful lesions.
"This is closest to the lack of symptoms, but this does not mean that a woman is healed," she says. "It's very impractical and radical."
McCray experienced a complete hysterectomy with the severing of lesions about a year ago and at the moment he woke up, she felt better than in years. For McCrae, the best part of life without constant pain is an active participant in the lives of her children.
"I'm sorry I lost years when I was lying in bed on painkillers who spoke to my children," Mom does not feel right now because she is in pain, "she says." Now I can play and I have a normal life and not I'm thinking about my pain every day. "
Defending the disease and for itself is something that many consider to be considered when it comes to treating endometriosis.
"I feel partly responsible, because I may not say loud enough or I could explain my pain enough," says McCray. "Hearing that one word would change my whole world."
Currently, Allaire works on a project to integrate the program into the BK. secondary schools that would be concerned with awareness and comfort when talking about menstrual problems in boys and girls.
"I've heard this story so many times [women] because she was fired with pain and it is sad how many years have passed since the doctor actually offered them a treatment that was useful or even mentioned the word, "she says.
For more information on endometriosis or treatment available at B.C. Visit the Women's Center for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis bcwomens.ca,
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