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After seeing the amazing work done by @living_with_endometriosis and seeing so many friends, family and clients suffer from the same disease I wanted to share the word as well.
I have Endometriosis. In 2014 I was diagnosed with Endometriosis but the pain and everything with it started much earlier than that. From when I first started to get my period I would struggle every month with the amount of pain that I was in. Keep in mind this is from a girl who was a major tom boy and slid into dirt / rocks playing softball her whole life while only brushing it off and hiding the blood so I didn’t have to get off the field - I felt like I had a high pain tolerance.
So after having to have “sick days” each month we discussed with my doctor that it was best for me to go on the pill to help with consistent periods and help my hormone levels which then should help with the excruciating period pain.
While the pill didn’t really help, over time my body didn’t react well to the pill either with the combination of severe period cramping, night sweats, and sore breasts every month. So I then tried another pill. This also didn’t help and it came with headaches as well.
On Australia Day January 2014 I was walking up the stairs a I felt like I was stabbed in my left hip, which took my breath away and I was barely able to get up the stairs.
It was like period pain but about 3 x worse. Being that it was the other side of the appendix I knew that wasn’t a problem and it also helped that my Father in law is a doctor and we were all together for the long weekend so he looked after me and told me to rest, take some pain killers and see how I would feel in the morning.
The next morning I felt a bit better but I still had a constant slight pain in my uterus. I felt like it was time to see a doctor so my father in law got me an appointment at the Epworth to speak to a Gynaecologist. After seeing the doctor I then was booked to have surgery in June.
Between February - June was extremely difficult. There were days where I was in so much pain I couldn’t even walk the dog. When it came time to have my period I had pain that came in like contractions. I remember having to lay in bed, with a heat pack on my hips, Advil beside the bed and gripping my husbands hand when a rush of pain would come even harder than the constant pain that I was currently in.
It. Was. Tough.
I tried acupuncture + Chinese medicine which after the first time I was shocked on how much it elevated the pain although it wouldn’t last very long and I would be back to the same amount soon after. Although I did enjoy doing a work out for the first time in months after my first acupuncture appointment.
After having my laparoscopy surgery my doctor was shocked to see me so sprightly right after coming out of the OR. I felt great, and the best that I’ve felt in months because the pain was finally gone. Okay it may have been to endone at the time but I promise soon after I was a new person.
A week after I had a check up with the doctor and again, both the receptionist and doctor both said they couldn’t believe that I just went through surgery as I was so spritely and easily able to get up and move. This is because before I was in more pain in my day to day than I was post surgery when I still had my stitches in.
It’s a long post but I just wanted to share my story. Endo is not just period pain. It affects your everyday life. I had to watch what I ate because simple things such as Coffee would make the pain worse. I was constantly bloated. And the constant pain. Being in pain all the time is exhausting.
I hope this helps understand what Endometriosis is. Sadly it happens to 1 in 10 of women. This could be happening to you, to your girl friend, to your sister, or the person on the sidewalk you who is trying to hold back her tears while walking home from work.
Spread the word and let’s hope one day no one has to deal with the pain anymore. Endo affects 176 million woman worldwide a year there is little to no funding. Check out @theendo.co to learn more and show your support