Imagine being punched in the stomach continuously. Or someone sticking nails into your lower abdomen.
For me, that’s what endometriosis felt like.
Yes, I know, the common thought is that every girl suffers from period pain, grow a pair and deal with it. But, for those who suffer with endo, the sad reality is that the monthly pain is completely debilitating.
For those lucky enough to catch the pain early, before it sets right in, Nurofen Plus or Panadeine Forte will usually help you at least get out of bed, but taking strong pain killers monthly really isn’t ideal.
Another symptom I suffered with was constantly feeling sick in the stomach. Every time I drank alcohol or ate certain foods, I would feel off for days. In hindsight, I was naive to think these experiences were at all “normal”. I had no idea that the period I was getting since I was 14 years old, and the nausea I had constantly, wasn’t healthy and certainly wasn’t normal.
So, as all good, caring mothers do, mine took me to several doctors when I was a teenager suffering severe cramps each month. I was simply told to go on the pill, so that’s what I did.
The good news is, the pain certainly lessened for the whole eight years I was on the pill. The bad news is, it was only masking the internal problems I had, which were progressively getting worse by the year.
Things guys need to know about endo…
I went off the pill about six years ago and those dreaded cramps came right on back, but with a vengeance. Once again, I was back on the endo train, struggling monthly for years trying everything from pain killers and hot water bottles, to essential oils and creams that promised to ease the pain. Of course, nothing worked. Then, a couple of months ago, I decided to do my own research and sort this out once and for all.
I was turned away from two doctors who said period pain is normal. Nothing ever showed up in my internal ultrasounds, so I was told everything was fine. But I knew it wasn’t. I spoke with friends and family about their experience, even my sister didn’t suffer through the same type of pain I was experiencing. It wasn’t normal.