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I have had debilitating cramps since I was a teen. But in my early 20s I developed sharp pain in my left pelvis. It is ALWAYS there. Sometimes the onset of it getting sharper brings me to my knees or a fetal position. I've been...

Endometriosis is a nightmare. It is incredibly difficult to find a doctor who will validate your pain. It's even harder to find an endometriosis expert. It's so hard to find the right treatment that works for your body. It's really, really hard to try to...

My mental health has taken the biggest hit from endometriosis- it feels like pain with no gain- I didn’t do anything to deserve this kind of physical pain. I’ve always wanted a baby and endometriosis feels like some nasty shadow over my life now. Missing...

My first endometriosis flare occurred when I was 34, about 2 years after coming off oral contraceptives. My period came and along with it was a stabbing pain on the right side of my stomach. I though I had appendicitis. I was super nauseous...

The day before I get my period is the worst day. Suddenly, I’ll get the most intense pain in my pelvic area. It’s so bad that I physically can’t move without wanting to scream. I’ll take Naproxen and go into the shower and allow the...

Endometriosis is invisible. I'm pretty sure if someone looked at me, they would not be able to tell I am in pain. I hide it well because I don't have a choice. I need to go to school and work, I need to do things...

Having endometriosis, for me, was like permanently having the stomach flu. The pain was so bad, it was like a knife twisting into my pelvis and by extension, my intestines, forcing me to retreat to the bathroom...

Endometriosis has affected my day-to-day life first starting when I was a teenager and missing school a lot because of pain and not being able to move or get out of bed, to my young adult life where it started affecting my ability to hold...

It took decades for me to find a doctor that would listen to me about the negative impacts my periods were having on my life. I have only ever been offered various pain prescriptions. Hospital visits offered the most (albeit temporary) relief through a combination...

I cannot be spontaneous and have missed many social gatherings. My illness makes me unreliable at times. As someone who is un-partnered, dating has been difficult due to ablelist mentalities & my inability to predict my symptoms nor timeline of treatment....

Endometriosis has caused my life to basically just become hell on top of being trans. I feel that being trans was a bigger hinderance than the pain and it just felt like another anomaly in my body to set me back that came with being...

I dealt with these worsening symptoms through high school and my undergrad. I started to have severe bleeding and cramps that made me miss school and work. When I started my master’s, I started to have pain with sex and with exercise. I would go...