Ever since I can remember, I’ve had some pains in my abdomen. I always thought it was the “normal” pain that a woman should feel due to period cramps. I did think it was weird that I would get this pain in between my periods too, but my doctor reassured me that nothing was out of the ordinary.
Then, 3 years ago, I gave birth to my daughter via an emergency C-section. When I went in for my follow-up, I told the gynecologist that I felt a lump on the right side of my scar. She told me it was just scarring and part of the healing process. Again, she didn’t think much of it, so neither did I.
But, a year later, I still felt the lump. I noticed the “usual” pain that I always had was getting worse. I couldn’t even exercise without pain, so I decided to go to another gynecologist. When I told her about the lump, she thought it might be a hernia. But, instead of just brushing me aside, this doctor sent me to get a CT scan.
The CT scan could not find anything wrong, but my doctor was still concerned about my pain. She then suggested a laparoscopic surgery. I completely supported the medical plan because it was one step closer to getting more concrete answers. After the surgery, my doctor found that the lump I was worried about was not the cause of my pain—it was actually coming from endometriosis lesions that were all over my uterus!
Moral of the story—trust your instincts. Although my first doctor said the lump was just scarring, I knew there was something that was seriously wrong with me. Now that I’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis, I finally have the answers I need. I’m not sure what I’ll do to manage my symptoms, but I’m glad that I at least know what’s been causing my pain.
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