What MEDICINE can LEARN from ALTMED

Could some alternative medicine practices have a role in medicine?
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As many of you probably already know: I have endometriosis

Endometriosis is a chronic disease. About 8-10 % of all women are affected, but not all get it so bad that they require surgery.

This means that I will never be cured and that I’m in quite a lot of pain from time to time and that’s quite annoying.

There isn’t much to do except just learning to live with this shit and take hormone therapies and have surgeries.

It’s really tough when you are in a lot of pain and the doc tells you in a very annoyed voice “so, why are you here? What do you want me to do? It’s pointless anyway…”

I can tell you that though he might have been right, it makes you feel like shit and chronic pain doesn’t improve if you psychologically feel like shit.

The problem with endometriosis is that women often don’t get a diagnosis until years after the first symptoms occur. I think the average is about 9 years. I was told by many doctors that it was all in my head. This really damages your trust in medicine.

I don’t even think that these doctors did something really wrong, it’s just that what they hadn’t been keeping up with the latest research so they didn’t know of the prevalence of endometriosis and they might have been stressed and overworked. Who knows. But it happened for almost 10 years for me. Again and again.

I will now tell you something that might make some of you fall off your chairs but bear with me:
I have been paying for acupuncture, shiatsu, massages etc.
I wasn’t paying for a treatment, I was paying for comfort and for being seen.

I don’t have a problem with people going to these places and paying for comfort and for being seen.
IF IT WOULD REMAIN AT THAT. We have a huge problem when people start claiming that they will CURE endometriosis etc. That is highly unethical to claim.

My question to you is how can we integrate this feeling of comfort and trust into school medicine in a better way, particularly for chronically ill patients that aren’t going to use up our entire budget?
I’m asking for the European as well as other healthcare systems.

Sci Hard!
– Doctor Anna

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