May 4, 2015 – Prevention Magazine: 9 Health Conditions People Say Are “All In Your Head”
Doctor Sherry shared her expertise on Interstitial cystitis and Endometriosis with Prevention Magazine:
“Because the pelvic pain gets worse during your period, it’s often misdiagnosed as menstrual cramps,” says Sherry Thomas, MD, a urogynecologist in Agoura Hills, Calif. Diagnosis involves ruling out other issues, says Thomas. Treatment varies but usually includes medication, physical therapy to relieve the pelvic spasms, and avoiding triggers such as spicy foods.
[Endometriosis] occurs when the lining that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside of it. It’s tough to diagnose in its early stages because growth can’t yet be seen, says Thomas. And symptoms may be simply perceived as bad menstrual cramps. “Endometriosis also produces severe pain with your periods,” says Thomas, which may be mistaken for menstrual cramps.