These stories can help other women so they do not feel so alone when trying to cope with effects of this disease.
by Apryl Martinez
(Grandview, Wa USA)
In 2011, after years (since I was 14) of going to dr's and ob/gyn's, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I had tried everything, including birth control. Nothing worked. I was in so much pain I couldn't perform my daily chores (I'm a housewife). My stomach had become so swollen I looked like I was 9 months pregnant.
When I went to the store people would actually ask me how far along I was. I had the hysterectomy in April of 2011. The doctor diagnosed it as stage 4. I cannot tell you how many dr's I went to that told me their was "not a thing wrong with me ", or "you'll just have to learn to cope" and "here take these pills, and you'll be fine" .. I cannot tell you how many times I walked out of a dr's office in tears thinking their was no hope, or caring person out there any more. I thought I was a lost cause.
Then I was talking to one of my friends and she said she had been diagnosed with endometriosis. That was the 1st time I had ever heard of it. So I researched it when I got home and sure enough their were all my symptoms in black and white. So, I finally found a surgeon who agreed to do a hysterectomy. When we were talking about having surgery, he stated to me that having a vaginal hysterectomy would be better, because, it was less invasive, and healing time was much faster.
Now, ladies we all have an inner voice, something that says it's right or it's wrong - please remember to always pay attention to this voice in your head. The doctor and I disagreed on how the surgery was to be done. He wanted me to do it vaginally, I wanted him to cut me open and take it out. So, I won by not allowing him to do it vaginally and thank god too!!
If he would have done it vaginally he would have ripped my colon to shreds. The endometriosis had been entangled with my uterus and my colon. Their was so much endometriosis it looked like a dump truck had backed up to my stomach and poured it in. Please pay attention to your bodies, even against advise of doctors.
The doctor "cleaned" up my ovaries, and put them back in so I wouldn't have to do hormone therapy. That was in 2011, now in 2015 it's back and I'm not sure what to do because whatever I do is not a cure. If I have surgery again, and they take my ovaries, I'll be placed on hormones which actually feeds endometriosis. So, the only hope I have is just to become a man!! Lol
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