Endo Belly

First of all, I want you to know that I am not sharing this post because I want your pity (although prayers are always appreciated).  I am sharing this for the millions of gals out there who are just like me. I want you to know… YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

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I have endometriosis.  It’s surprisingly empowering for me to finally be able to give a name to the pain I’ve been experiencing my whole life.

Endometriosis is a disorder in which the lining of your uterus grows outside the uterus.  There is no definitive cause for this disorder and no true cure for it either.  There is a genetic tie.  My mom had it.  It has various stages from 1-4, depending on how far the lining has spread.

It is painful.  Very painful.  My endo sisters are nodding their heads emphatically right now.  For me, it causes extreme bloating, sharp stomach pains, heartburn, and back pain.  There are days when I look about 6 months pregnant, but ironically, this disorder prevents me from getting pregnant.  Mother Nature has a cruel sense of humor sometimes. 😦

I get pain when I’m hungry and when I’ve just eaten.  My stomach hurts when my bladder is full and when I have just gone to the bathroom.  I hurt when I ovulate and when AF comes.  I can’t where “tight” clothes…and when I say “tight,” I mean clothes that actually fit me.  I buy all my clothes one size too big for fear of how they will affect my stomach or rib area.  There are days when I don’t want to get out of bed because I am soooo uncomfortable.  Can I get an AMEN, ladies?!

I have been having abdominal pain for as long as I can remember.  I have been tested for Celiac disease and every other allergy under the sun.  I have taken many trips to the hospital over the years for extreme…gut-wrenching pain.  Still no answers.  It was not until a year ago that the pain got to be so bad, I could not take it anymore.  I went to a fertility specialist who suggested a laparoscopy to see if I had endometriosis.

Stay tuned for part 2 of my endo journey to see how my surgery went…

Gotta keep you guessing…jk, this is really just getting too long. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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