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Beating endo : how to reclaim your life from endometriosis
2019
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Summary

From two of the world's leading experts in endometriosis comes an essential, first-of-its kind book that unwraps the mystery of the disease and gives women the tools they need to reclaim their lives from it.

Approximately one out of every 10 women has endometriosis, an inflammatory disease that causes chronic pain, limits life's activities, and may lead to infertility. Despite the disease's prevalence, the average woman may suffer for a decade or more before receiving an accurate diagnosis. Once she does, she's often given little more than a prescription for pain killers and a referral for the wrong kind of surgery. Beating Endo arms women with what has long been missing--even within the medical community--namely, cutting-edge knowledge of how the disease works and what the endo sufferer can do to take charge of her fight against it.

Leading gynecologist and endometriosis specialist Dr. Iris Kerin Orbuch and world-renowned pelvic pain specialist and physical therapist Dr. Amy Stein have long partnered with each other and with other healthcare practitioners to address the disease's host of co-existing conditions--which can include pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, gastrointestinal ailments, painful bladder syndrome, central nervous system sensitization--through a whole-mind/whole-body approach. Now, Beating Endo formalizes the multimodal program they developed, offering readers an anti-inflammatory lifestyle protocol that incorporates physical therapy, nutrition, mindfulness, and environment to systematically addresses each of the disease's co-conditions on an ongoing basis up to and following excision surgery. This is the program that has achieved successful outcomes for their patients; it is the program that works to restore health, vitality, and quality of life to women with endo.

No more "misdiagnosis roulette" and no more limits on women's lives: Beating Endo puts the tools of renewed health in the hands of those whose health is at risk.

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The nearly one in ten women who have endometriosis, an inflammatory disease that can cause pain and infertility, will find hope in this guide from a gynecologist and a physical therapist. A foreword by two patients vividly conveys the agony of living with this condition as cells similar to those in the lining of the uterus grow outside the womb. These cells accumulate month by month, year by year, sometimes migrating to places like the lungs and even the nose and sticking there, like Velcro. As a result, women can experience cramps, abdominal bloating, and knife-stabbing pain during their periods. Using first-name-only patients to illustrate their points, authors Orbuch and Stein explain how to regain quality of life by exercising, forgoing alcohol, meditating, practicing yoga, avoiding exposure to chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic bottles, sticking to an anti-inflammatory, low-potassium, low-acid, dairy-free diet, and, in some cases, getting excision surgery. The primer ends with a list of websites, from an endometriosis Facebook group to the American Physical Therapy Association. Women with endo should feel empowered.--Karen Springen Copyright 2019 Booklist
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Table of Contents
Foreword    Bojana Novakovicp. ix
Foreword    Susan Yeagleyp. xiv
Introduction: Beating Endometriosisp. xix
1What Is Endo? The Disease Process of Endometriosisp. 1
2The Goal: Regaining Quality of Lifep. 23
3Endo and the Body's Core: Why Physical Therapy Plays an Essential Rolep. 47
4Endo and the Bladderp. 81
5Endo and the GI Tractp. 101
6Endo and Sexp. 115
7Pain, Disease, and the Central Nervous System: A Multimodal Strategy for a Multidimensional Diseasep. 129
8Endo and Nutritionp. 149
9Endo and Your Environmentp. 167
10Endo and Your State of Mindp. 185
11Excision Surgeryp. 207
12A Special Case: Endo and Teens (but This Chapter Is Not Just for Teens!)p. 221
13Endo and Infertilityp. 235
14Reclaim Your Lifep. 243
Acknowledgmentsp. 255
Resources: Information, Treatment, Support, Advocacyp. 259
Notesp. 265
Indexp. 269
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