Do you suffer from Endometriosis? Share your thoughts to Raise Awareness!
I was first diagnosed with Endometriosis about a year ago. I went to the Doctor because I had been dealing with INCREDIBLE pains that I couldn’t find the cause for. I left work to go to the hospital on multiple occasions and I just couldn’t find out the reason. My Doctor had me go for multiple tests, blood tests and ultrasounds. Nothing came up. I finally told her how painful sex was for me and she suggested that I had endometriosis.
I wasn’t ready to accept that so I went to multiple doctors who told me that this would require a pain management solution. “I’m sorry – what?!” I said, “Just deal with it?!” They said, No! thank you.
I found a Doctor who was caring and took over an hour to explain everything and what would happen during the surgery. So I decided to schedule my first surgery with her. I was nervous, to say the least. My mom, my husband, and I showed up for the surgery and I was panic! What if they don’t find anything? Is this all in my head? But this Doctor held my hand all the way until I was asleep and that meant a lot to me.
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I woke up and I just kept asking if they found anything. And they did! So they lasered it off. Everything was cleared! Or so I thought… about 3 months later I went back to my original doctor because of the pain again. She told me that the first surgery was basically useless and that I needed an extraction surgery. So after a mini break down in the doctor’s office, I scheduled my second surgery.
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It’s been a while since that surgery – 6 months or so. And the pain keeps coming back. But after sharing my story on Facebook, quite a few people have approached me for advice on how to advocate for themselves at the Doctor’s and what endometriosis is like.
So I guess it’s always going to be an uphill battle, I hope we can find a cure for it.