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Her doctor told her it was all in her head

I’d been with my doctor for 10 years. But, no matter how many times I told her about my pelvic pains, she never listened. She just ignored me and told me that it was all in my head. So, I went to a different doctor, hoping he would take me seriously. But he didn’t ask any follow-up questions or run any tests. He just sent me home with some over-the-counter pain medicine and told me that I’d feel better soon.

Well, one day in September, I was in the shower and, all of a sudden, I started gushing blood from in between my legs. I was bleeding so much that I passed out! I was rushed to the hospital, where the doctors ran test after test. This time, no one could ignore the fact that something was wrong.

After reviewing all the tests, the ER doctor told me I would need a laparoscopic surgery so that he could investigate more. I agreed and had the surgery that night. Afterwards, he told me that the surgery showed that I had endometriosis.

I can’t believe that none of the doctors I’d seen before had believed me. And that they told me my symptoms were just “in my head.” Doctors need to listen to their patients when they tell them they’re in pain. I’m so grateful I found that doctor in the ER and got diagnosed. He was the first doctor who took me seriously.

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.

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