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Heather’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Endometriosis)

Heather's Story (Endo)I am not exactly sure when all my problems started. I have had problems with my period for as long as I can remember. I was put on birth control because my PMS, cramping, and bleeding were so bad. As the years went on, I starting having horrible stomach pains everyday. When I ate certain things it felt like my stomach was getting ripped apart. I started getting so constipated that I would go weeks without having a bowel movement and I started throwing up because there was no where else for the stuff to go.

My doctor referred me to a Gastroenterologist. After tons of tests, he told me that I just needed to loose weight and all my problems would be solved. I thought he was an idiot for saying that and I was not happy. I went to a gynecologist and he actually worked with me and listened to my problems. He did exploratory laparoscopy and said that is was endometriosis. There wasn’t much that needed to be removed but I was in so much pain every single day. I was told that I needed to be on birth control to help control the pain. I have been on every single birth control there is since I have gotten my period and nothing helped it, not even a little.

I was told the next best thing was to get pregnant, because that was the only way to cure it. Well I wasn’t married and I wasn’t with someone who I wanted to have children with so that was out of the question. I just put up with the pain. My only fear was becoming infertile, I have always wanted to have children and I would have been crushed if I couldn’t have kids.

Then almost two years ago I met the man who is now my husband. The last birth control I was on was giving me migraines. So I went off birth control completely and three months after that I found out I was pregnant. We had a beautiful baby boy on May 21, 2013. The whole time I was pregnant I could eat whatever I wanted and I wasn’t in pain. After pregnancy, everything started again. I am back to not being able to eat the things I couldn’t before. I have not gotten my period yet so I am not sure how that will feel.

My husband has two children from a previous marriage, so all together it feels like we have three children. My husband got a vasectomy so I would not have to go back on birth control. I am hoping to find a doctor to help me figure out what is the next step in this process. I do not want to be miserable for the rest of my life. I am hoping there is something that can be done to curb the pain a little. It is going to be a long road. It is oddly comforting knowing that I am not alone with this whole frustrating process. I would love input from anyone, and advice is always welcome on my end. 🙂 Good luck ladies!!

Heather
Wisconsin
Submitted 7-9-2013

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One comment

  1. Hi Heather
    i was diagnosed with endo when i was 32. had my tubes tied because they said it would help, well by 34 I was still in so much pain and i was bleeding 3.5 weeks a month. I ended up having a hystorectomy. I’m glad I did it because it helped me soo much. I hope this was kinda helpful because i know when i was trying to get my doctor to understand he made me feel like I was making it up. I hope the doctors have found different alternatives in the last 10 years that will help you

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