As an initial move, perhaps cheating, perhaps energy-saving, I am linking you to my post from last year on endo's physical side. For more details on endo generally, check out one of a very small number advocacy sites for their explanation (with diagrams) of the condition. One last "pimp my blog to folks already on my blog" note, the is my story for Fight Like a Girl, a group for women fighting life-threatening and/or life-altering conditions. It is largely focused on how long I waited to speak up about the increasing problems I was having and the eventual endo diagnosis.
Over the past twelve months, the problems related to my back have compounded. Details are for another post, but the back pain has led to a tough medication regimen including one scheduled pai med and one unscheduled (I can have 0-3, most days I have 2.....I experimented with 0 yesterday and spent today regretting it and back in the stare at the ceiling mode). Endo has not been at the forefront of my mind, and the medication regime for the back is absolutely also helping control endo-related pain.
BUT, that doesn't mean the endo is gone. That's the thing about chronic diseases, they linger. They sit there, at times in the background, ready to pounce at any moment. Every few days it pops up for notice, despite the fact that I'm on enough pain meds to kill some people. At one point, I missed two doses of the BCP in a row (I take continuous birth control, no placebo week, it helps keep my hormones steadier and limits the endo symptoms, I do not get periods). Two tiny missed pills led to days in fetal position (spotting too, for those who care to know....). The error led to endo pain that "beat" the back pain....and there's rarely a day the back doesn't hit an 8 on the pain scale (1-10. 1 is no pain, 10 is the worst possible).
So, for me, endo is currently a lurker. It is waiting to bite if my hormones shift (even being around other women long enough confuses my pheromones and can cause spotting or some pain). It is waiting to bite
(NOTE: I am not having luck with the Blogger Link-Up button, but check out Jamee's blog for her post and link to other bloggers participating in a group effort to spread knowledge about endo and its impact.)