Thank you for your question and welcome to AnxietyConnection.com
I am not a medical professional and would not be able to give you medical advice.
You don't mention whether you are currently being treated for anxiety. If not, that would be your first step. If you are, what type of treatment are you getting? Do you take medication? Have you tried cognitive behavioral therapy? This has been found to be more effective in treating anxiety in the long term. You may want to talk with your doctor and ask for a referral to someone in your area that specializes in that type of therapy.
I know that many people with anxiety attacks are held back from doing so much because of their fear of having another anxiety attack. Therapy should help you in dealing with these fears and help you to take small steps to start to take back your life.
As far as the endometriosis, what is going on? Are you in pain often and unable to work? Do you need to see a doctor on a regular basis? What is it about this illness that is causing you to not be able to work?
Please let me know and I will see if I can find some additional information for you.
First of all I am so sorry you are dealing with so much at such a young age. Endometriosis is one of those medical issues which is not talked about a lot and there are so many women who suffer unbearable pain due to it but...they don't know where to find support or help.
If you look on-line you will see many personal stories of some women's struggles with endometriosis such as this one. Unfortunately in some extreme cases...some women end up having a hysterectomy to stop the pain. But there are many treatments and options to help before reaching such a critical decision.
One of our writers, Jennifer Rackley wrote a series of posts for our sexual health site about her experience with endometriosis. It may help you to understand how others deal with this.
You will have to be your best advocate and keep going to the doctor and asking how to relieve your pain and treat this. I don't think many people realize how horribly painful this condition can be.
I have suffered from endometrioisis myself...it caused me to have infertility for some years. I did eventually conceive and I have two boys now.
I can totally understand your anxiety and feeling like...how can you get a job with all this going on. If it were me...I would discuss your condition with your employer so that you are right up front and honest about it. I am wondering if you can find a job where you are not on your feet so often.
Do you have support in all this? Family or friends? A therapist perhaps?
I am going to give you the link to an organization which offers support for endometriosis sufferers called Endometriosis.org. It appears they offer links to both on-line support as well as local support groups there.
Let us know how you are doing in the days and weeks to come.
Thank you for reaching out here. I really hope things improve for you.
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