For years, I went to different doctors and tried to explain my pelvic pain. They all told me it was normal—maybe I needed more rest, more pain medication, or just needed to suck it up.
But I knew this was NOT normal; it was NOT all in my head.
After years of seeking relief, I finally found a doctor who took the time to investigate the cause of my pelvic pain. She performed a laparoscopic surgery to get to the bottom of it. The results? A large endometrial lesion was growing on my reproductive organs. After my surgery, the doctor explained that I had endometriosis.
That was the first time a doctor ever acknowledged what I had been feeling for years. It brought me to tears.
For all the women out there with endometriosis, know that you are not alone.
Now, it’s become my mission to bring awareness to a disease that causes so many women pain. Something needs to be said.
So, if you experience pain during your period and in between cycles, please talk to your doctor. Be an advocate for yourself! By speaking up about our disease, we could one day make a difference.
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.