For years, I’ve suffered from stabbing pains near my ribs while on my period. I went to several doctors about my pain, but they all said they had never heard of such a thing. I even had one doctor laugh at me.
A few years ago, I was due to have surgery to remove my gallbladder. Before the surgery, I told the doctor about the pains near my ribs. Luckily, he took me seriously! He agreed to do an exploratory surgery while removing my gallbladder.
After my surgery, he told me that he had found endometriosis lesions on my diaphragm. And that’s how I was diagnosed. Never give up trying to find a doctor who will listen to you and believe you. I didn’t, and I’m so glad, because now I know what was causing those mysterious pains.
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