For 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.
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.