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Amy Schumer talks about dwelling with endometriosis, a 'lonely illness' – The Washington Publish


Comic Amy Schumer has opened up about her extreme well being situation, endometriosis, which impacts thousands and thousands of ladies globally, calling it a “lonely illness.”

In a short clip forward of a Paramount Plus docuseries, “The Checkup with Dr. David Agus,” airing Tuesday, Schumer mentioned her experiences have been “actually tough.”

“I’ve been in a lot ache, you realize, my complete life — not simply the week of my interval,” she mentioned.

“For months, I had been complaining of ache. It was simply this ache you possibly can’t see, and there’s the inclination to all the time suppose a lady is simply being dramatic,” she added.

Endometriosis is a continual illness during which tissue much like the liner of the uterus grows exterior the uterus, reminiscent of on the fallopian tubes, or within the bowels or bladder. It may well trigger “extreme, life-impacting ache” and might result in infertility, according to the World Well being Group. It afflicts about 10 % of reproductive-age girls and ladies globally.

In the USA, greater than 6.5 million girls have endometriosis, according to the Workplace on Girls’s Well being, a authorities well being company. It’s most typical in girls of their 30s and 40s. Signs embody bleeding, continual pelvic ache, nausea and fatigue, and ache during times, sexual activity, bowel actions and urination.

The illness is commonly misdiagnosed resulting from its variable signs and since in lots of nations “healthcare suppliers aren’t conscious that distressing and life-altering pelvic ache just isn’t regular,” the World Well being Group mentioned.

Girls have beforehand told The Washington Publish they struggled to make medical doctors take their ache severely or get an accurate diagnosis, whereas the Endometriosis Basis of America says extra must be achieved to extend recognition of the illness.

“It simply hurts, and it’s actually only a lonely, lonely illness,” mentioned Schumer.

She added that she experiences only one “good week a month” when she just isn’t in “fairly important ache.” Regardless of this, the award-winning actress and comic mentioned she nonetheless tries to “obtain” and “undergo life.”

Endometriosis has no treatment, and remedy is generally based mostly on assuaging its signs.

Final yr, Schumer told her followers in a video posted on Instagram that she had her appendix and uterus eliminated because of the situation. Society can usually be dismissive or “paint girls as weak” in the event that they complain about ache, she added.

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“We’ve been informed for thus lengthy that we’re annoying and dramatic and all this stuff, and we’re not,” she mentioned. “My ache is actual, your ache is actual — we have now to advocate for ourselves.” She has additionally lamented that there was no more funding or analysis going into discovering a treatment for the continual illness.

Schumer, who is expounded to Senate Majority Chief Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), mentioned within the newest clip that she felt like a “new particular person” after having surgical procedure and was feeling higher “immediately.”

“Many ladies with endometriosis get pregnant. However, it’s possible you’ll discover it more durable to get pregnant,” advises the Workplace on Girls’s Well being. Schumer gave beginning to a son in 2019 and documented her experiences in a present referred to as “Expecting Amy.”

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