What is a "Type E Personality"?
Well, I have come to convince myself there is a type-E endometriosis personality. Here is why. I have been treating women in New York City from all origins. They are high achievers, PhDs and lawyers. They would not accept any sign of pain on their faces. They will not show it to you. They will hit the road at 6 o’clock in the morning, grab their coffee, they are at work working all day and the next day again the same thing. These women can suffer but they cannot show their pain. For years, they lived the same thing over and over every month. However one day, they close the door, and they sit in front of you and say I cannot take it anymore. I need something to be done. I am going to this and this. I have been going to this doctor, that doctor, I have been taking this medicine, that medicine, I have been on birth control pills, I have been on everything, exercise, acupuncture, diet and what do I have. Guess what, you have endometriosis. You have endometriosis that can be treated, that could have been treated years ago probably better, and still can be treated. Curability, there is no guarantee; however, with good surgery, there are very good results with treatments.
That is why I say these type-E personalities then becomes a different person after surgery. Some of them get pregnant, most of them get pregnant with good surgery and 90% of the time their pains are less. About that group, 50% of them almost experience very little pain. If their pain comes back, they accept it is endometriosis. They understand they will be having some adhesions, some maybe one out of five will get more, can go back to surgery later in the years ahead of their first laparoscopy, but overall you have a patient who is communicating with you, who is understanding, who is assisting you in their treatment. I think this is a big plus, when you have a patient participating to their care, knowing they are diagnosed and they are helping also, willing to help others. I have been developing this group of pockets particularly in New Your City. They have been friends; they have been patients, and also advocates of early diagnosis. They are willing to speak, they are willing to go and educate others too.