Just wondering what methods other people use to deal with pain and heavy bleeding at work? I've improved a lot since first being diagnosed in high-school, and do yoga regularly, massages, have changed my diet, and take very low pain medication when it's bad. However, I can't really do yoga at work and the painkillers I take make me very spaced out and I worry that people will notice.
I hate taking time off work and don't really want to explain endo to anyone I work with in detail as it's pretty yuck (and when I told my boss about it in a previous job, she wasn't at all understanding and it just made things really difficult for me). I have a pretty high tolerance to pain these days, and can normally distract myself enough to deal with it (I actually prefer being at work when it's bad, as it keeps me busy and not focused on the pain). But at the same time, it's really difficult when I get tired and just want to collapse on the desk for five minutes!
Also, I'm paranoid about bleeding all over the chair or something! Every few months I will randomly get a stupidly heavy period that starts suddenly without warning (I really think women should get a medal for being able to lose so much blood in one sitting and not die), and I don't want to have to explain to my colleagues why my desk area looks like a crime scene! It's only happened to me once, when I was much younger and not used to dealing with endometriosis, but it was really embarrassing and I now constantly worry about it happening again. Plus I sit between two guys in my current job, which would make the experience even more awkward! : (