Thursday, July 25, 2024

Endometriosis: A look at the painful disease that killed media personality Njambi Koikai

Media personality and reggae sensation Jahmby Koikai has died while undergoing treatment at the Nairobi Hospital.

Reports indicate that Koikai, who has been battling endometriosis since she was age 13 took her last breath on Monday night at around 9 pm.

Her death comes just days after she took to social media to appeal for blood.

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“Hi fam, I’m currently admitted at the Pioneer Ward Nairobi hospital and I kindly need Blood O positive. Kindly asking for blood donors for Mary Njambi Koikai,” she wrote on Instagram stories.

Njambi has been battling endometriosis for a long period of time, during which she underwent several surgical procedures.

In a past interview, she disclosed that her condition worsened due to late diagnosis and lack of treatment in the country.

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“The damage caused due to late diagnosis and lack of treatment in our country it took me 17 years to get a diagnosis. After fundraising for specialized treatment.”

“The extent of the disease had spread to my teeth, heart, and appendix and affected my spine causing my organs to shift to the left. The adverse effects of Endometriosis and Adenomyosis cause infertility,” she said.

She narrated how she underwent countless surgeries to revive her lungs which would collapse every month during her periods.

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“In my case, that lining grew in my lungs, causing my lungs to collapse every month and countless surgeries. We shed the lining of the uterus during our monthly periods, unfortunately, with Endometriosis that lining grows on other parts of the body,” she said.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus causing inflammation and scar tissue forming in the pelvic region.

The ailment can cause severe pain, especially during menstrual periods, and may trigger fertility problems.

Common symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Painful periods. Pelvic pain and cramping may start before a menstrual period and last for days into it. One may also have lower back and stomach pain.
  • Pain with sex. Pain during or after sex is common with endometriosis.
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination. Victims are most likely to have these symptoms before or during a menstrual period.
  • Excessive bleeding. Sometimes, one may have heavy menstrual periods or bleeding between periods.
  • Infertility. For some people, endometriosis is first found during tests for infertility treatment.
  • Other symptoms. Fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea. These symptoms are more common before or during menstrual periods.

Some medics, however, say that some people with endometriosis don’t show symptoms, and they only find out they have the condition when they can’t get pregnant or after they get surgery for another reason.

While there is currently no known cure for endometriosis, treatments can help take charge of the condition and its complications.

WHO says that access to early diagnosis and effective treatment of endometriosis is important but is limited in many settings, including in low-and middle-income countries.

 

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