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Shelby’s Story (Endometriosis)

Shelby's Story EndometriosisLike most stories I have read, I got my first period when I was 10, while I was at school! As horrified as I was, I thought it was the greatest thing. I felt like a woman. I have battled heavy, painful, and miserable periods since then. They have always been irregular and heavy.

About 3 years ago, I ended up in the ER with excruciating abdominal pain. I could barely walk. I was diagnosed with PCOS, and they found multiple small cysts on my right ovary. None of them were large enough to remove though. Since then, I have tried about 10 different birth control pills, the Nuva ring and the depo shot, none of which have seemed to work or last more than 6 months.

About 6 months ago, everything took a turn for the worse. I started experiencing heavier, longer periods, and I had excruciating, sharp pain in my abdomen. I don’t think there has been a day without my ovaries burning or throbbing. I felt as if someone was scooping my insides out. The pain would go anywhere from my ribs to my lower abdomen near my ovaries.

Fast forward to about two months ago. After seeing doctor after doctor, I found a specialist who gave me all the answers I needed, all within 20 minutes of meeting him. I was scheduled for a laparoscopy and had that procedure done this past April. I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Multiple biopsies were sent out, and from the pictures, it looked as if I only had a small amount. But after my follow up, we realized everything that was removed was positive for endo. The doctor said he couldn’t promise everything was removed, but he promised to monitor me.

For now, I’m just worried about fertility and if I will be able to have a child on my own. Up until this past year, I never wanted to have children, but after everything my mother and grandmother have gone through–tipped uterus, PCOS, and endo–hearing “I don’t think you will be able to have children on your own” just does something to a woman! I’m 23 years old, and I’m hoping and wishing to be pregnant as soon as possible. I just want to know I can be a mom and have babies of my own!

I’m hoping for some positive feedback from you all! As of right now, my pain is only during my menstrual cycle and on an occasional bad day. I pray that it stays this way, but I’m also prepared! Thanks for letting me share!

Submitted 06/02/2015

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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  1. Bryanna Lackey

    Hi love, I have endometriosis as well I have been suffering since I was about 12, I finally after suffering for 5 years was able to force my doctors into giving me laproscopy surgery. My aunts, & cousin have endometriosis. All had hysterectomys young. I got my laproscopy surgery done June of 2009 then got pregnant in October of 2009. I had a healthy pregnancy no issues, just gained a ton of weight. Then 4 years later, I got pregnant again in October of 2013 lost that baby at 6 weeks. Then got pregnant again in February 2014 soon after my miscarriage went on to have a huge healthy baby boy who was born October 18th 2014. I know they say you may be unable to get pregnant but that is not necessarily true. I had no trouble at when I got pregnant with my baby boy I used an ovulation chart & fertility calendar. Which is why I got pregnant. But ever since I had my son, I have been suffering terribly with my endometriosis pain. Also have been bleeding constantly. It’s terrible. But no worries just keep fighting my dear. Anything is possible. I also have PCOS.

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