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Chronic Pain Conundrum

Pain intense enough to cause nausea. The medication that will help alleviate this level of pain? Comes with a side effect of nausea. And that person, the one who likes to joke, “At least you have the good meds.” Not

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I’m not interested in functioning.

Yesterday, I read My Body is a Cage by Wiley at Disrupting Dinner Parties. (Notes on the link for trans* and body image issues.) The whole thing is great and worth a read. But I’m bringing my thoughts about it

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Restorative Practice, for Menstruation and Other Times I Feel Like Shit

Over the years, a lot of different people have offered me opinions — sometimes asked for, sometimes not — on what type of practice works best during menstruation. I’ve come to a couple of conclusions: Overall, recommendations vary so widely

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That Endo Moment

When you notice that one of your register coupons is for $4 off a pack of ThermaCare HeatWraps. (Four dollars off of a seven dollar item! This is significant!) And you say out loud to yourself, in the middle of

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Flying with Chronic Pain: Self-Care at Flight Time

You can find the previous installments of this series here and here. Don’t get me wrong: I think booking flights and packing bags with pain needs in mind is a form of self-care. However, they’re forms of self-care where the

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Flying with Chronic Pain: Packing

Continued from here. As you’ve probably figured out, getting the most comfortable seat I can reasonably manage — or rather, the least uncomfortable seat I can reasonably manage — on an airplane is important to me. It’s five immobile hours

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Flying with Chronic Pain: Booking Flights

So I’m flying this summer — I do more summers than not. And I hate it. It hurts. But it’s necessary to get where I want to go. It hurts because airport — and airplane — seats are excruciating for

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Menstruation & YA Lit

I’m at a point in the year where I need to recharge, which — as you might be able to tell from the rash of book-related posts — means a lot of reading. As I am never shy to share,

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That Endo Moment

Or series of moments. When you stop taking your blood-regulating oral contraceptives a month before school lets out, on the bet that the end-of-semester stress will keep your bleeding at bay better than the synthetic hormones. And when you notice,

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Endo Problems

When there are no fewer than six pain relieving products or devices in the house — wait, TENS unit, make that seven — and none of them is the right one.

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Inversions and Blood

I know lots of people with Opinions on yoga and menstruation. Some believe that a gentle, restorative practice — like this one, for example — is generally the way to go. There are folks who see no reason why periods

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Pelvic Floor PT: First Exam

Continued from here. I realize it’s been a while since the last installment of the series. Conveniently enough, I was sidetracked by endo, one of the main reasons for me going to pelvic floor PT in the first place. Q:

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Awareness Isn’t Enough

As much as I love Endometriosis Awareness Month — because for such a common condition, it is too little known and too greatly misunderstood — I kind of hate it as well. Yes, I get that it’s a first step,

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More Endo Talk

I was at the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona Blog again yesterday, talking about endometriosis one last time. That post focused on endometriosis treatment and trying to sort out the pros and cons of various medical and surgical options. If

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Endo Assumptions

So it’s Week 4 of Blogging for Endometriosis Awareness. First, I would like to say that it’s about time spell checkers start recognizing endometriosis. I have seriously added it to my browser’s dictionary at least a dozen times; it keeps

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Are you sick of me talking about endometriosis yet?

Because I kind of am. I mean, I’d really this were a much more manageable condition already and be done with it. Not only is endometriosis not particularly manageable, but it’s also often not easily or readily diagnosable — which

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Admitting

This week’s theme is the social impact that endo has had on my life. I’ll get to this, I promise. As some readers might know, I hurt my foot about… a week and a half ago (at least at the

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Calculation

This week’s theme is: Mental impact that endo has had on your life. If there is an upside to endometriosis, it is that the condition has had a marked impact on my ability to calculate the benefits and drawbacks of

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Endometriosis Awareness at PP

For folks who want some Endometriosis 101, there is now the first half of such a series over at the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona blog. Part 2 to come as soon as I get around to writing it soon.

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I Hate My Hips

In case you read my blog and are not aware, I have endometriosis. (Yeah, that’s what that MenstroMonster tag is doing in the sidebar.) In case you are also not aware, March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. In light of that,

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