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Her pain wasn’t because of her appendix, after all

When I was 19 years old, I started to get terrible cramps and stabbing pain in my abdomen. I kept wondering if the pain was normal, but I really didn’t know what to think. Eventually, the pain got so bad that I went to see my primary care physician about it.

My doctor’s immediate reaction was that maybe I had appendicitis. So, I was rushed to the hospital where I got tested and X-rayed. But, all of the results showed that my pain wasn’t caused by my appendix after all. Instead, the doctors found what they thought were cysts on my right ovary. I was really frightened.

Two days later, I went in for surgery to remove the cysts. While my doctors were able to get a closer look during my procedure, they found that these cysts were actually endometriosis lesions all over my uterus. The endo was the cause of the extreme pain I was having. I can’t believe I went into surgery for what they thought were cysts, and ended up coming out with more answers than I ever expected. I’m so thankful that I had that surgery, because without it, I probably would have never known I have endo. Now I can move forward with a clear diagnosis and a treatment plan that works for 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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