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Pain relief

Hey All

I had a quick question about how you all manage your pain? I haven't been diagnosed yet as I'm waiting for a second ultrasound so that they can rule other things out and check if they see anything else, the first one the hospital sent me the wrong instructions so they couldn't do the pelvic ultrasound :(

I have cramps pretty much every day but some days it's just a niggle and some are quite bad and pains in my legs sometimes, I've tried taking ibuprofen and have a heat pad I use in work but they don't really do much is there anything you can get over the counter that ye have found help your pain? Or is it all prescribed by your GP?

Thanks for your help :)


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I just wrote a reply to another post about pain if you have a read!! I have found that naproxen and 1000 mg of paracetamol help. GP needs to prescribe though. X


Ah great I'll have a look thanks :) I can ask my gp, just wanted to get an idea if there was anything incase they a a bit reluctant to give me something yet x


My GP wasn't keen to give my anything other than codeine or diclofenac. Both of which didn't agree with me. He then asked me to mefenamic acid because it's good for period pains!!! He nearly got a punch!! Naproxen is a step up from ibuprofen. I have found it effective. Good luck! X


I use ibuprofen and over the counter co-codamol to manage my every day pain. I use mefenamic acid, diclofenac suppositories and co-codamol to manage my flare up/period pain. I am not pain free on this combination but it takes the edge off enough that I can cope at home and don't have to go to A&E.

I've tried prescription strength codeine but it didn't help and makes me throw up, which makes things worse. I've been given tramadol but don't really want to use it as the consultant said it would probably have the same effect as the codeine so I'm reluctant to use it but it does help a lot of women.


Thanks for the info :)


Hi Karlyh,

Honestly speaking your pains talk by themselves and no need to just wait for your diagnosis to know that you should make some changes in your life. Even if you do not know if you have endo or not, most of the pains you described are usual in woman suffering from endo. There are different ways to treat the pain, but so far what I have found from my readings on the topic we should avoid painkillers most we can. I usually keep it as a last resource to tackle the pain. I do different natural approaches to help with pain. So this is only a support to you normal treatment. Some of the ways to help with pains are lifechanging. As changing your diet (avoid wheat and processed food the most you can), adding supplements (as for example magnesium helps a lot with pain, you can try baths etc if you do not want tablets...but magnesium baths help a lot and relaxes you), try to avoid stress (meditation or any other activity that you relax and pay attention to yourself helps a lot), add some teas (tumeric and ginger tea, bay leaves, chamomile, rosemary, these are some teas that help), avoid coffe and caffeine drinks (try dandelion instead, it helps your liver clean up the excess hormones and toxins), and try to avoid toxins in your diet and cosmetics (dioxins, parabens, etc). Try a compund approach...different techniques to actually get results, and save the pain killers for the worst moments because if your body gets used to it the it'll stop working for you, besides that it is extra toxins to your body.

These are just some tips that will benefit you in the long run. You can always try to read books on the topic. I read some good one. I really liked the "Endometriosis: A Key to Healing And Fertility Through Nutrition" by Dian Shepperson Mills because it explains everything you need to know about endo, diet, lifestyle, and supplements. I am still reading, but I also liked Heal Endometriosis Naturally: WITHOUT Painkillers, Drugs, or Surgery by Wendy K Laidlaw, it is like a summary book about different things you find about the topic. I did buy the "Living Well with Endometriosis: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell That You Need to Know (Living Well (Collins))" by Kerry-Ann Morris but didn't read it yet, but it has different things to help you diagnosing and finding the symptoms etc.

Hope this helps you.


Hi thanks for all the info I generally try to stay away from pain killers as most days I can manage without just using a heat pad can help but some days like the last couple have been particularly bad :(

I eat a wheat and gluten free diet already as I am gluten intolerant for the past 3 years, I am trying to reduce my dairy consumption and I drink decaf tea/coffee except for the odd occasion where I have a normal coffee.

I will definately fine some of the recommendations a try.

Thanks again for the help :)


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