It’s true that when you get a serious illness, co-morbid illnesses always follow.
Now I also have to fight like a girl for Endometriosis. I didn’t see it coming, as I had seen so many doctors for my pelvic pain and had been dismissed (probably for being a girl who presents with a large number of illnesses…). Finally, I went to a surgeon, who is the only doctor who deals with sexual problems on the side of his main practice in the area. I went in expecting sexual therapy advice, and instead, he listened to me and immediately scheduled me for surgery.
I rarely listen to my answering machine messages, so I found out on a Wednesday that my surgery was going to be Friday morning. It was probably better like that, as I would have had too much time to think about the situation otherwise. I came out of surgery in extreme pain and once the doctor came around he told me that there was indeed a reasonably serious case of endometriosis causing my pelvic pain. I normally wouldn’t be happy to hear such a diagnosis, but I was because a) it made the surgery and pain worthwhile and b) showed that the pains I feel in my body are indeed accurate and real.
Currently, it’s hard to get doctors to take you seriously for having Fibromyalgia, as there is just not enough solid evidence out there to support what we all feel and know to be true. I do not doubt for a second that my body suffers from Fibromyalgia and MECFS. All the signs and symptoms are there and match up with everyone else I know who has been given the same diagnosis.
Endometriosis is another tricky illness to fight, and I hope I don’t have to have many surgeries to keep it under control. Either way, this discovery has landed me more credit in terms of listening to my body (both for myself and for my physicians).
These illnesses do indeed flock together, and if you are suffering from Fibromyalgia and have severe pelvic pain – make sure someone investigates. Knowledge is power, even in the case of chronic illness.
I hope you are all keeping up the fight!
Much love to you all,
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