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Samantha’s Story (Endometriosis)

Samantha's Story EndometriosisFor a long time, I was very confused and frustrated. I even remember the moment it happened. I was lying on my stomach, looked up to say something to a friend, and I felt it. This sharp, aching pain shot from my stomach to my lower back. After that, I felt the same pain every day for the next 5 years. I went to so many doctors: our family physician, a muscle specialist, a spine specialist, and so many others. It wasn’t until a chiropractor pressed on the right side of my stomach and mentioned how hard it felt compared to the left side of my body that I realized this may not be my back at all.

A few months later, I went to my gynecologist for the third time and started asking more specific questions. As we reviewed my medical history and called my parents to see if anything like this sounded like any one else in our line, the answer became so obvious. For generations, both sides of the family exposed a trail of endometriosis. We planned a diagnostic laparoscopy, and I was officially diagnosed on July 25th, 2014.

From the surgery, I gained about a week of pain-free life. I was able to get up, stand up for longer than a 10 minute shower, and walk around for hours like any normal 23-year-old should be capable of doing. Since the pain has returned, my main focus has been trying to find a natural way to fight the hard days while I finish my degree.

Girls, this life is not easy, but there will always be moments of relief. Hold on to those moments and remember them as you push forward to find the answers and the methods that you deserve.

Samantha
North Carolina
Submitted 02/22/2015

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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    Bonjour Samantha,

    Such a pretty picture !
    You are so young and write with so much wisdom of being positive and not letting go !
    Keep writing as you do so well , we all need heroes !
    Keep fighting like a girl !

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  2. Hello Samantha,
    I myself have been suffering with endo for the past 4y-5yrs. I was diagnosed my sophomore years at his in january 2011. I have had 2 surgery’s. My 1st one my doctor said I looked like a battle field with a lot of scar tissue. If I would of never seen my ob after 2yrs of test, they said I had maybe 2months if it wasn’t for surgery. The endo was rapped around my colon, ovaries and adhering to my pelvic was. I had 1in between my spin and stomach and was turning yellow under the surgical light. At the beginning, everyone saidbi was making it up to get out of school. Even doctors told me it was in my head and I needed to talk to someone.. It was hard but after 2 long yes, my on looked at me and said you have done every test in the books; let’s do an experiment surgery to look in and see. After surgery I still had a lil pain on my right side but nothing I couldn’t bare. But in June 2014 pain came back worse than ever, stayed constant. So I went to ob had another surgery; nothing. Got sent to and GI, found beginning signs of colon cancer; had colon totally removed at the age of 19. The whole recover was amazing I was for once not hurting in my right upper side. But my pain came back stronger than ever. The pain moved up on my right side between my hip and lower ribs. Now they can’t figure out what’s wrong and I lost my job due to getting sick. Idk but I think my endo may be coming back in a different location than the 1st time.

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