Laura Ann

Laura Ann

I have been suffering with Endo since before my 10th birthday. Of course, I didn’t know that was the cause at the time. I didn’t even hear that word until I was 12, and it was not a doctor that said it.After being pushed around by my pediatrician for over 2 years and being denied a GYN referral because of my age, my mom brought me to a GYN on her own.The first GYN, no luck at all. Terrible experience. Complete dismissal.The second one said I *might* have endo, and basically to get a hysterectomy. He literally recommended and said he would perform a hysterectomy at 12/13 YO, but refused to do a laparscopy to even diagnose endometriosis to begin with. After denying the hysterectomy multiple times, I didn’t even have the laparoscopic surgery to diagnose endo until I was 15.Thus started my journey of living with the official endo diagnosis. He found it on too many places to list, but the ureters, pouch of douglas, ovaries, pelvic sidewalls, uterosacral ligaments, and colon to name a few.Since then, I have continued to deal with severe pelvic pain, heavy and irregular periods, low back pain, widespread spasms, sciatic pain, chest pain, GI pain/symptoms, urinary pain/symptoms, lost my gallbladder and appendix, and many other painful symptoms. I have also developed many new ones along the way like frequent urination, and other conditions like IBS, IC, PCOS, and more.I’ve had 8 surgeries so far (3 of which were excision done by specialists, 1 of those at the CEC). I’ve tried more medications than I care to count, including birth controls, pain meds, lupron / depot, and even psych meds the doctors swear would make a difference. (I know, give me a break.)I’m 25 now and still don’t have a handle on my endo symptoms. I wonder often what my life would be like if I would have known better, and had my first surgery with a specialist to begin with.My hope is that as the years go on, there will be less and less young people that have to spend the rest of their life wondering that exact same thing. Let’s end the cycle of repeat failed surgeries by unqualified doctors.

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