In August, I had pain in my right side that was so bad I could barely sit down. I was taken to the ER, where they found 2 large cysts on both of my ovaries. They performed laparoscopic surgery to remove the cysts. During the surgery, they saw endometriosis lesions and diagnosed me with endometriosis.
After the surgery, my gynecologist wanted me to begin taking a medication to help with my endo pain. I reviewed the info about it and researched it for so long it made my head spin. While the medication seems to work for some women, I decided I didn’t want to take it—it didn’t feel like the right choice for me. My gynecologist pressured me to reconsider, but I insisted that it wasn’t something I wanted to do.
After that conversation, I decided not to return to that gynecologist. I know he wants me to use this medication, but I simply won’t do it. I’m going to look for a doctor who will work with me, and not pressure me. I’m going to look for a doctor who will help me manage my pain in a way that I’m comfortable with.
Never forget that it’s important to find the right doctor for you. It’s your body, and you should have a say in how your doctor helps you to manage this disease.
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.