Episode 68: Endometriosis and Fibromyalgia with Dr. Jessica Drummond

Endometriosis and Fibromyalgia

With Special Guest: Dr. Jessica Drummond

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus — the endometrium — grows outside the uterus. It’s one of the most common causes of pelvic pain and infertility. Many women with fibromyalgia who are experiencing pelvic pain, painful periods, and more may also be dealing with endometriosis.

Listen in as Tami interviews Dr. Jessica Drummond about what endometriosis is, how to distinguish between fibromyalgia pain and endometriosis, and how she addresses endometriosis in her clinic.

You may have fibromyalgia, but that doesn’t mean all of your pain is only fibromyalgia. Conditions like endometriosis are very treatable. Addressing these other causes of pain help to lower your overall fibromyalgia pain levels.

Key Points

  • Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of chronic pelvic pain and infertility.
  • Endometriosis is more related to hormonal shifts than fibromyalgia pain.
  • Cardinal signs of painful sex or pelvic pain, especially with digestive issues and infertility, mean you should seek a consultation from a skilled endometriosis excision surgeon. 
  • Fibromyalgia acts as an amplifier. If you have something else going on, like endometriosis, fibromyalgia is going to take that and amplify it. 
  • Taking out the lesions is one piece of the puzzle, but that’s not the only pain driver.
  • We approach endometriosis by assessing each system and really lowering inflammation and calming the autonomic nervous system. 

About Dr. Jessica Drummond

Dr. Jessica Drummond is the CEO of The Integrative Women’s Health Institute and bestselling author of Outsmart Endometriosis and Clinician to Coach.

Dr. Drummond holds licenses in physical therapy and clinical nutrition and is a board certified health coach. She has 20 years of experience working with women with chronic pelvic pain, facilitates educational programs for women’s health professionals in more than 60 countries globally, and leads virtual wellness programs for people with endometriosis.

Dr. Drummond lives and works with her husband and daughters between Houston, Texas, and Fairfield, Connecticut.

Website: IntegrativeWomensHealthInstitute.com
Instagram: @integrativewomenshealth
Download FREE copies of Dr. Drummond’s book here

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