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Rachel’s Story (Endometriosis)

Rachel's Story Endometriosis 2I remember my first period like it was yesterday. It was the day the new pope got elected in 2012, and as my parents were watching the news about it, I was freaking out that there was blood on the toilet paper I had flushed down the toilet. I had pain, and chills, headaches, and general soreness down there, but it was nothing 1600 mg of ibuprofen couldn’t knock out, right?

Fast forward two years. It was early 2015. I was a freshman in high school, and I had just gotten off of work when an excruciating pain hit me. It had been lingering there all day, but I just attributed it to my tight skirt waistband and toughed it out until I knew I could go home and change. But changing didn’t help, much to my dismay. I got home after running an errand with my mother and downed 800 mg of ibuprofen before retiring to my bed with a heating pad. I immediately googled things like “sharp pain in abdomen” and then “symptoms of overdosing,” as I thought my liberal pill-taking had finally taken its toll. But after ten minutes, I gave up and went to the couch to sit up in a more comfortable position as I cried my eyes out and seriously considered going to the ER.

But the next day, I was ok. And I was ok for another week, until it happened again. I stayed home four out of the five days that week in constant pain. My symptoms included nausea, dizziness and fainting, hot flashes, fever chills, extreme fatigue and weakness, terrible stomach pain, and pain while using the bathroom. I was taken to the doctor, tested for thyroid issues, mono, and anemia, all of which came back negative. That was when I came across the term endometriosis.

Turns out, my mother had it as well as my grandmother on my both my mom and dad’s side. But neither my mom or grandma believed me when I told them I thought I had it. And now, two months later, I am still waiting on the OBGYN appointment to give me some real answers!

I don’t really have a diagnosis story or a happy ending yet, but I wanted to share my story as this is ruining my life and I am in pain even while sitting here typing this out! I want to tell all the other women and teenagers out there dealing with this that you’re not alone, and that even if no one else believes you, you need to listen to your body! It’s your health, and you know what’s best in terms of your physical and emotional health. 🙂 Stay strong and don’t give up! xx I’m hopeful that it gets better. (:

Rachel
North Carolina
Submitted 04/19/2015

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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2 comments

  1. Rachel, I hope you find the answers you’re seeking! Your story sounds very similar to my own. For someone so young, your story is so encouraging. I’m so glad to read that you’re in tune with your body and an advocate for yourself! Things will get better!

  2. Rachel you are not a lone. I was diagnosed when I was 14 years old and was never supposed to have children after having 3 laproscopic surgeries on my woman parts. I by chance ended up getting pregnant at 21 years old. I carried a lot of fluid and was on bed rest for a month before having my daughter 1 month early. At age 22 I ended up having an emergency hysterectomy due to blood loss and severe pain. I remember all through high school missing a week each month of school due to heavy periods and severe pain. It was hard for my obgyn to have to do hysterectomy at such a young age but when looking back I’m so thankful I have my daughter (who is fully disabled) and that I was able to get the hysterectomy because that was the best choice I didn’t really have to make but made. I totally understand the pain you are going through each day! Hope you find answers soon.

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