Endometriosis Specialist in Chicago, IL
Doctor Michelle Trandai provides treatments and care for endometriosis. If you are having pelvic pain or suffer from pain during sex, call now to book an appointment. She is available for same day appointments and is open on Sundays for your appointment needs. Visit her at 5449 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640.
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Endometriosis is a medical condition in which the endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus, causing pelvic pain. The misplaced endometrial tissue is affected by hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle and can cause inflammation and pain. The cause of endometriosis is still largely unknown, although there are several treatment options available.
Endometriosis can take a while to properly diagnose—averaging anywhere from up to 6 to 10 years. Whether you’ve been diagnosed or not, finding a doctor who will listen to your symptoms and concerns is crucial in order to receive a treatment plan that’s right for you. Luckily, there are doctors who specialize in endometriosis who can help. Here are a few places where you can find a specialist:
– Searching online
– Referrals from family or friends
– Women in the endometriosis community
Once you find a specialist you’re interested in, you can visit their website or call their office and ask the following questions:
– Do you specialize in treating patients with endometriosis?
– What percent of your practice is devoted to endometriosis?
– How many years have you been treating endometriosis?
– How many patients with endometriosis on average do you see a month?
– What do you consider when treating endometriosis?
It is important that they explain medical terms and treatment options in a way you can understand.
Thankfully, at Michelle Trandai MD, our doctor specializes in the treatment of endometriosis, and can help you find the relief you need!
Here are a few common treatments for endometriosis:
Hormone Therapy — Hormones can be effective in treating endometriosis symptoms because hormones cause endometriosis patches to go through a cycle similar to the menstrual cycle. In addition, contrastive hormones may alter our perception of pain. Hormone therapy is used to treat endometriosis-associated pain. Hormones come in the form of a pill, a shot or injection, or a nasal spray.
Pain Medications — Pain medications may work well if pain or other symptoms are mild. These medications range from over-the-counter pain relievers to strong prescription pain relievers. The most common types of pain relievers are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, also called NSAIDS. Evidence on the effectiveness of these medications for relieving endometriosis-associated pain is limited. The understanding of which drugs relieve pain related to endometriosis could also help us understand how endometriosis causes pain.
Surgical Treatments — Healthcare providers may recommend surgery to treat severe pain from endometriosis, as research shows that some surgical treatments can provide significant, although short-term, relief from endometriosis-related pain. During the procedure, the surgeon can locate any areas of endometriosis and inspect the size and degree of growth; they also may remove the endometriosis patches at that time. It is important to understand what is planned during surgery because some procedures cannot be reversed, and others can affect a woman’s fertility. Before making final decisions about treatment, women should discuss all available options with their healthcare providers.
The FDA has approved a new drug for the treatment of moderate to severe pain caused by endometriosis, called elagolix (Orilissa). Elagolix is a significant advancement for women with endometriosis and physicians who need more options for the medical management of this disease.
Data was gathered from two studies of close to 1,700 women with moderate to severe endometriosis pain, supporting the approval of the FDA. In the studies, elagolix reduced the three most common types of endometriosis pain: daily menstrual pelvic pain, pain with sex and nonmenstrual pelvic pain.
If you or someone you know is suffering from severe abdominal pain, it could be the result of endometriosis. At Michelle Trandai MD, our doctor specializes in treating women with endometriosis, so you can find the relief you need! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!