Alternative medicine

As someone who is suffering from chronic pain due to endometriosis and inflammatory bowel disease, I'm always looking for ways to relieve my body aches. I'll go over those ways in today's post. After months of getting zero relief from the suggested 1,000 mg of acetaminophen and 800 mg of ibuprofen, I decided to try … Continue reading Alternative medicine

Mirena IUD- Insertion

I was not expecting that level of pain. Having the Mirena inserted was like having a tiny troll with a sword stab my uterus repetitively then take his small fist and grab some uterine lining and pinch it with all his might multiple times. I cried. The four 200-mg Advil pills I took just 15 … Continue reading Mirena IUD- Insertion

I am #1In10

Resharing my post from instagram: Myshellie23 I am one in 10. Being a woman with endometriosis means I am always in pain. It means I push past the pain and go to work anyways. It means sitting at an office when I really just want to curl up into fetal position. It means smiling when … Continue reading I am #1In10

Pain management at home

The last 36 hours have been excruciating. I’ve just had a single excision endometriosis resection surgery, where Dr. Guan said he cut away so many implants that were hiding underneath my uterus. He lifted and moved my swollen uterus and cut below it. Thankfully, I did not have any adhesions around my ovaries or on … Continue reading Pain management at home

The aftermath so far: painful

So my day surgery turned into an overnight stay at the hospital due to severe pain, the inability to use some of my bodily functions and the nausea. Dr. Guan and a female fellow surgeon (I can't remember her name) handled me with precision. My surgery was scheduled for 7:30 a.m., but I didn't actually … Continue reading The aftermath so far: painful

Countdown to painfree

I can’t stop shaking. Even as I type this my hands tremble gently. Tomorrow is the big day. I’ll be out of surgery by this time tomorrow (hopefully). I’m sitting here on my lunch break, trying to calm myself. Telling myself over and over that it’s an outpatient procedure, so I shouldn’t be this nervous. … Continue reading Countdown to painfree

Overwhelming insecurities

Less than a week remains until my surgery and I’m all nerves. This is the second surgery I’ve had for endometriosis, but it doesn’t lessen the anxiety that has begun to manifest itself in different ways throughout my body. I’m eating more again. I don’t want to get up. I have racing thoughts. Can’t focus. … Continue reading Overwhelming insecurities

An Endo symptom no one talks about

Little research exists on endometriosis when compared to other chronic illnesses. For a disease that affects 1 in 10 women, that fact is disheartening. Especially for sufferers like myself. While I experience the more common of the symptoms, including pelvic pain, I also experience a symptom that not many people may recognize: Endo Belly. Within … Continue reading An Endo symptom no one talks about