I have been dealing with “killer cramps” since I first got my period at age 13. I remember missing school and just crying because they hurt so bad. It felt like there were giant hands inside my abdomen twisting and squeezing my organs as hard as they could. And yet, my doctor always just told me to deal with it by taking over-the-counter painkillers.
It didn’t make sense to me. I couldn’t understand why I was in so much pain. Or why my doctor never really seemed to want to try to help me figure it out. It felt like he just didn’t believe me. It wasn’t until I was 34...that’s right...21 years after the pain began, that I finally got answers. I had been struggling to get pregnant, and in the process of helping me with my fertility issues, the doctors discovered that I had endometriosis.
Endo is a silent, painful disease, and it’s unfortunate that so many women have it and are undiagnosed. It’s a shame that women in pain get made to feel like the pain isn’t real. And, it’s tremendously sad that women feel they can’t speak up about the pain. Ladies, SPEAK UP! We are our only advocates! Only we can fight for ourselves and get the answers we so desperately need.
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.