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Every diagnosis under the sun

Kidney infection. Yeast infection. Bladder problem. Doctors gave me so many diagnoses, I lost count. Everyone had a different theory for why I was in pain. Back pain? It must be your gallbladder! Pain with sex? You’re clearly not doing it right. It took seven years before I was diagnosed with endometriosis.

I had to “doctor shop” a lot before finding my current gynecologist. I’m so glad I did, because he’s a gem. At first, I was hesitant when he recommended a laparoscopy. I’d gotten every diagnosis under the sun. Why would this surgery be any different from the rest? He explained to me it was used to diagnose conditions like endometriosis. He wanted to see if I had any lesions around my reproductive organs. When he went in, he found a couple of lesions on my ovaries! It was confirmed. I did have endometriosis.

My doctor and I are still trying to find a treatment option that works for me. Even though this condition involves a lot of time, I’m not giving up. I’ve been going through this for a long time, and I refuse to let endometriosis get the best of me.

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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