Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Doctor #1

A couple of years ago I woke-up in the middle of the night with abdominal pains. It kinda felt like I was getting ready to start my period, but I wasn’t. I wasn't too concerned, but it was unusual. I didn't think much about things and went back to sleep. Over the course of the next few months I started noticing that my menstrual cramps were getting more and more painful. I would sit at my office desk and be in such blinding pain, hoping it would pass soon.

The pain grew in intensity over the course of a few months and I went into my OB/GYN’s office for a check-up. He performed his usual exam and said, “You probably have endometriosis and should try to get pregnant. Getting pregnant will stop the growth of the lining and ease your pain.” WHAT? I was totally confused. We were not ready to start a family yet; we had only been married for a year. This was his solution? Before sending me home, he suggested an ultrasound series to assure I was ovulating. At the ultrasound appointments the nurse discovered I had a cyst hanging off my fallopian tube. She said it was nothing to worry about and everything looked fine. So in 2006 Doc #1 said I was fine, the cyst was nothing to worry about and if I wanted to relieve the pain, I should get pregnant. This was not good enough.

Getting started

It all started back in August of 2005. As I have time to write , I will take you on my journey….about how I was ignored by doctors, told I wasn’t really sick and given the option to take drugs that I didn’t want in my body. I hope my story will help anyone that is suffering and to know… there is a solution out there. Before I get started… here is the place where I found some answers –

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis (from endo, "inside", and metra, "womb") is a common medical condition characterized by growth beyond or outside the uterus of tissue resembling endometrium, the tissue that normally lines the uterus.

Endometriosis occurs in roughly 5% to 10% of women. And can also occur in postmenopausal women, with an estimated 2% to 4% of all endometriosis cases being diagnosed in the postmenopausal phase of a woman's life. Endometriosis most commonly exists in the lower region of the female pelvis. The most common site of disease is the ovary (which I had). The broad ligaments (beneath the ovaries), uterosacral ligaments (supporting structures of the cervix containing sensory nerves from the uterus - which I had) and pouch of Douglas (peritoneum between the rectum and the cervix - which I had) are the most frequently involved areas and can produce intense to no pain felt in the pelvis, low back, and during premenstrual period. Less commonly lesions can be found on the bladder (which I had), intestines, ureters, and diaphragm. Bowel endometriosis affects approximately 10% of women with endometriosis, and can cause severe pain with bowel movements.