Endometriosis story

  These stories can help other women so they do not feel so alone when trying to cope with effects of this disease.

Symptoms of headaches and tiredness

by Jessica Diaz
(Chicago, IL)

I was diagnosed with Endometriosis last year but I had been having problems way before being diagnosed.

I just thought it was part of being so busy with work, school, wedding planning, my daughter, etc.. so I never went to the doctor until last year.

My symptoms are all over and at first I thought I was going crazy. It seems no one really thinks its an actual disease or they tend to minimize it.

My symptoms don't wait for the time of the month, they come and go just about every day or every other day. My symptoms are on a regular basis, they don't tend to wait for my period.

It is worse now that I am a newlywed and we are trying to get pregnant. When I first was diagnosed, part of me felt like I was failing as a woman being a new wife. :(

But with reading and doing my own research, I have realized there are many women all over the world with this disease. I also realized that the symptoms vary per person, no matter what size, location or stage you are in.

I have three chocolate cyst on my right ovary. At the time of diagnosis, the sizes were about 3cm or so. I am 36 years old.

My symptoms are:

-Headaches (mostly before and during my period) to the point where it has woken me up from bed
-Nausea (constant)
-fatigue (I am always tired)
-spotting one week before actual period
-heavy bleeding
-clots during periods
-sciatic nerve
-right pelvic pain
-low back ache
-leg pain (right side)
-feeling like about to pass out during period
-pain during intercourse

It is soothing to read all the other stories. Thank you for sharing them.

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