Endometriosis is a disease that occurs when tissue similar to the uterine lining is found in other places of the body like colon, ovaries, Fallopian tubes, as well as others.
Because endometriosis can be found anywhere in the body causing a wide range of symptoms, it also comes with other chronic illnesses or comorbidities.
Comorbidities associated with endometriosis include, but are not limited to:
As you can see, many of these illnesses have symptoms that overlap, which can make it difficult to receive the proper diagnosis. I have talked to many people who suffer with endometriosis and have also been diagnosed with other illnesses. It's important that we listen to our bodies and advocate for ourselves as much as we can to receive diagnosis and treatment for our illnesses. Unfortunately, we can't only rely on our doctors.
Personally, I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2010. I have also been diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency, IBS, PCOS, IC, and osteoporosis.
I hope you find this information helpful in your health journey.
Samantha Bowick, MPH is the author of "Living with Endometriosis: The Complete Guide to Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options" and upcoming book "Living with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency" as well as a fellow sufferer of multiple chronic illnesses and patient advocate.