I remember the first time I experienced my endometriosis symptoms. The pelvic pain came out of nowhere. It was so intense that I spent most of the day curled up in bed, crying because I had never felt anything like it.
After 4 months of suffering, I finally called my doctor. I told her my symptoms and she immediately had an idea of what was going on.
I heard the word “surgery,” and my heart sunk. I was so nervous, but then I remembered the stabbing pelvic pain. We scheduled my laparoscopy for the next day. After the surgery, I was diagnosed with endometriosis.
I’ve been living with endometriosis for 6 years now, and yeah, dealing with the symptoms has been really challenging. It took me a while to come to terms with my disease.
To get there, I did a ton of research and had a lot of conversations with other women with endo. This helped me feel less alone and showed me how others were coping with their endo pain.
For me, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables has really helped. The same goes for exercise—even if it’s just taking a 10-20 minute walk around the office, parking farther away from my destination, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
I’d really encourage women with endo to talk to one another and share their stories. We can help each other learn more about our disease and the ways we cope. I want women to know that we’re not alone in this journey.
This story was submitted by a real woman and reflects her personal experience. It does not reflect AbbVie’s thoughts, opinions, or beliefs. Before making any changes to your treatment or lifestyle, consult with a physician.