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Endometriosis in Memphis, TN
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August 2006
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Introduction/My Story

Hi, all - my name is Bonnie. I live in a little town outside of Memphis, and have lived in this area all but 4 years of my life. I'm 22 (23 next month), and was "officially" diagnosed (but without the aid of a laparoscopy or ultrasound) with endometriosis earlier this year.


I've always had painful periods, but they run in my family, so I figured it was just something I'd have to deal with, and that it couldn't really get any worse.

Well, over the past few years, it HAS gotten steadily worse...over this last year, it's reached a peak. I can't say if it's THE peak, for obvious reasons, but I'm at the worst point I've ever been.


I'm currently on Seasonale to keep me from having monthly periods. The intention was to keep me from having such horrible cramps all the time, but I get those, anyway (daily), so at least I only have one period every 3 months. Even if that period lasts 3 weeks (supposedly a side effect of Seasonale that will go away after 9 months' use...I've only been on it for 6). The first Seasonale period lasted 20 days, complete with the fun side effects of endo that everyone hears about in conjunction with the "you definitely have it" diagnosis: pain while urinating and defecating. Yay. Sharp pain, too.

So there's that. Like I said, I haven't had a laparoscopy yet, because of insurance issues, but I should be getting those squared away soon, and then I will be able to better grasp where I am in terms of what I will need to do in the future for treatment.

I don't feel this is a very great background entry, but it's all I can muster up right now. I will be posting most of my endo thoughts/experiences in here, so I'm sure you'll hear more about me as time goes on.

So there's that.

Comments

hi bonnie.

have a cookie. i made them myself.


i think that being on the pill was what kept me from developing full-blown endo, and then of course after that i stayed pregnant for 4 solid years, which will also preclude tissue build-up where it doesn't belong.

i hope you find your solution soon.

I really hope my doctor doesn't tell me to try having a kid as a solution...lol.

me either.

one grandchild is enough for now. besides, i really want you to finish school.

:)

Yeah...that would be bad if I had to quit school for something like a baby. Hahaha.

well i would hope you'd let me take care of it, rather than you-know who.

can you delete this thread please? i meant the other, snarkier comment more than this one.

:)

Uh. Okay? I suppose.