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It’s not always easy getting people to take your pain seriously

For years, I kept telling my doctor that my periods were painful and it wasn’t normal. That something was wrong! But he kept telling me I was paranoid, and it was nothing. Eventually, he referred me to a gynecologist. Unfortunately, the gynecologist also didn’t believe me. Every time I saw her, she would just tell me that my periods were normal, and everything was probably fine. But, I knew this wasn’t true.

A few years after I started seeing her, I developed cysts on my ovaries that required surgery. It was this surgery that led her to eventually diagnose me with endometriosis. I was relieved, because I knew something had been wrong!

Unfortunately, they now tell me that I have endometriosis lesions on my bowels. So now, I occasionally bleed in my bowels. Sometimes it’s mild, and sometimes it’s very painful. I’m trying to deal with the pain without taking medication, but I’m not sure if that’s the right choice.

While I’m not entirely sure of what I should do about my endo, I’m at least grateful that I now have answers. No one believed me, but I listened to my body, and I’m so glad I did. Now, I can take steps to manage my pain.

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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