March is Endometriosis Awareness Month so I think it’s important to start sharing this part of my life with you.
When I was diagnosed with endometriosis 6 years ago, I never realized I stepped in line for a wild health roller coaster. While it only took me 2 doctors and a few months to get the diagnosis (unlike many others it can take 5-10 years for diagnosis), my health deteriorated after my surgery and I never suspected the random symptoms ailing me over the years were related. I had surgery to fix the endometriosis, right? Why would my hip pain be correlated with reproductive health concerns?
My doctor never really explained endometriosis to me other than I needed surgery. I didn’t realize this wasn’t a cure for it. I didn’t know I would live with this disease for the rest of my life. I had no idea it caused SO. MANY. SYMPTOMS. Over the years, it robbed me of who I am.
As I’m writing this, I can’t think of the exact number of doctors and specialists I’ve been to in the last 6 years, but I can tell you since we moved to Virginia I’ve seen over 15 doctors and tested for 35+ medical conditions including Lupus and other serious health disorders. As I continue to share my journey with you through my blog, I hope to provide tips and suggestions for those who are just getting started or in the middle of everything to help ease the burden of this disease. In this video, I’ll discuss the 5 things you need to do once you get diagnosed or if you think you may have endometriosis. These 5 tips will give you a jump start and an edge on diagnosis and finally getting resolution. It’s not going to cure you – there is no cure.
What I didn’t include in this video is a 6th tip – Find an Endometriosis SPECIALIST. Not an obgyn that says they treat endometriosis on their website profile. It will make a tremendous difference in your treatment. I promise if you listen to any advice I give you, this is it.