Friday 21 April 2023

Sleep Disruption and Fatigue in Endometriosis #ENDOCHAMPIONS


I can’t tell you how triggered I feel when today I realize the amount of harm the hormonal pills, infections, and surgeries I have had for endometriosis have done to my body in the last 12 years.

When I was younger I didn’t realize the harm but still can’t decide whether the disease causes more harm to us or the medication we take for it because I do need the medicines to keep my symptoms at bay. 

Today I want to talk to you about two secondary but most bothersome repercussions of chronic endometriosis witnessed in patients. They are sleep deprivation and fatigue.

Since endometriosis is a full-body chronic inflammatory disease our body so much energy fighting it, thus an endometriosis patient is in a state of having constant fatigue which makes her irritable and unable to get out of bed. Also sometimes our bleeding runs for weeks and months and we become anemic which also causes severe fatigue just by doing little things. Often we get up so tired as if we climbed a mountain in our sleep.

Also, the acute pain prevents us from catching quality sleep which adds to our woes. Well, the importance of sound sleep cannot be highlighted enough for the proper functioning of the human body, and sleep deprivation for days, months, and years together can mess up so badly with our lives.

Both of the above may sound trivial but trust me they take a toll on our health. Not only it has a severely adverse impact on our physical health but on our mental health too. We start avoiding going out, meeting people, and doing things that give us joy and feel morose just wanting to be in bed all the time. 

Not only is our mental health affected our families too bear a strong impact on our perennial unwell health. I remember I had to ask my spouse to drive back home midway when we were out for a family dinner as the unbearable pain made me cry inconsolably in the car. 

After that, for months I could not summon up the courage to step into my car for I may ruin a perfect outing for everyone. 

The debate to pop a Combiflam or not, because only that gave relief to my pain, was perennial. My gynecologist has strictly that I have already had my quota of painkillers one can have in a lifetime and if I didn’t stop I will be threatening my life but did I have a choice. I often popped one so that I could sleep and the fatigue and lack of sleep did not overpower me early morn when I must ready the little kid for school. 

Fortunately last year I started an Ayurvedic painkiller called Vatari Ras with Cannabis in it which really helped me cope so well with my pen. It played a great role in saving me from the traditional painkillers I popped like candies. Later I researched and found out about Cannabis can be really effective in endometriosis. It has given me my sleep back and the fatigue is a lot better. I wish I had known about it years ago. By the way, Cannabis is addictive too, and currently, I am working on reducing its dosage.


You too can become an #ENDOCHAMPION and help us spread awareness about this whole body inflammation by sharing our posts and connecting with anyone in need. Trust me together we can make a big difference because this disease and its ignorance can be really harsh and as a patient, I myself have contemplated suicide several times and would like to save many others from the agony. You can join the support group by clicking here: Endometriosis Awareness and Support Group India

If not anything else just by letting them share their pain with us, we can soothe them. I will be grateful for any support from you on this. You can read my EndoJourney here: 

A Tribute to an Endometriosis Warrior on a Mission

During April, I will pen several eye-opening posts about this disease. Kindly keep sharing them so that more and more people become aware of the available solutions for this otherwise nontreatable condition.

You can read the previous posts of this series below:

A: An earnest endeavor: Launch of Endometriosis Awareness and Support Group India

B: Be Alert: What is endometriosis and important FAQs on it

C: Can Endometriosis be cured? Comparison of Allopathy Vs Homeopathy Vs Ayurveda Treatments Available

D: Detailed Diagnosis of Endometriosis in India

E: Endometriosis treatment cost in India

F: Fertility Issues Due to Endometriosis in India

G: Good news is Ayurveda treats endometriosis completely

H: Hysterectomy as a Treatment for Endometriosis

I: Involvement of a Family Member in an Endometriosis Patient’s Life is Vital

J: Joint Pain In Endometriosis

K: Knowledge of the Do’s and Don’ts of endometriosis

L: List of Home Remedies in Endometriosis

M: Menopause helps in relieving Endometriosis- Truth or Myth? 

N: Note that every endometriosis patient is at risk for Adenomyosis

O: One must be aware of the Side Effects of Endometriosis Medication 

P: Power to defeat the disease lies in our subconscious

Q: Quickly evaluating if Stress is the Cause or the Result of Endometriosis

R: Researches on Endometriosis

Hi everyone, thanks for dropping by, this is my eighth consecutive #BlogchatterA2Z and global #AtoZchallenge, and this year I am penning about Endometriosis. I will so look forward to your feedback, please do let me know how you are finding it, in all earnestly. In case you wish to check out what I wrote in the last 5 challenges here are the links for 201620172018 201920202021, and 2022.

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