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The Hidden Danger of Endometriosis

Updated on April 10, 2008

I suffered for years from endometriosis and it almost cost me my life! Endometriosis is a silent, often undetectable problem for many women. I had been suffering from severe lower abdominal pain for a year. It became so bad that I started getting a fever and having trouble going to the bathroom. I went to the doctor who passed it off as some type of flu. He prescribed pain medication and told me it would pass. My stomach started to become severely bloated. When I went back to the doctor, he made me feel as though it was all in my head.

Finally, after eating a large meal one evening, I found myself hunched over on the bathroom floor, with a stomach the size of a five month pregnant women. The pain was excruciating and unbearable. My husband drove me to the emergency room. I was immediately rushed in and they stuck a large tube through my nose, down to my stomach to drain the contents. After endless tests, CT scan, MRI, Ultrasound and blood tests, they said they “thought” I had an intestinal blockage.

They took me up for surgery. After opening me up, they found that endometriosis had gotten outside of my uterus and wrapped itself around my intestines, thus creating a blockage. Two surgeons worked on me, one cutting away the endometriosis in hopes of saving that area of my intestines, the other performing a complete hysterectomy at the age of 34. The worst part was that if I had not made it to the emergency room that night, I would have died due to the toxins that were backed up in my body for a month.

I cannot stress the importance of listening to your body. If the doctors are unable to find anything, then ask them to look for endometriosis. I had little knowledge of the damage that endometriosis could cause to my health. I trusted my doctors to “see the signs”. I hope that my experience will help bring attention to the life threatening dangers of this hidden problem.

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      kamal kaur Dhillon 

      2 years ago

      I have,endometrosises sticking to my pelvis,and ovaries and,tumour,is in my uterus is 6cm big . Found a blood clot on my,ovarie. Was anemia. All this came in my,MRI SCAN. Waiting to have a hystecopy. My hormoes are 286 normal hormones are 0;36. And the,pain from endometrosis was horiffic . I end up in hosptial .

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      Lisa Petrarca 

      2 years ago

      I have never had lung pain or coughing. I did have to have another laparoscopy due to severe pain in my right low back area. I'd formed scar tissue from the procedure I had done years prior to remove the endometriosis.

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      Chantall 

      2 years ago

      6 years ago I was diagnosed with endometriosis after a laparoscopy. Before that, I never heard about the disease. As of today I do not recognize myself in all those heavy pain stories most people have. I have less pain in my stomach area. However I do have other types of symptoms like sever coughing and pain in the long section. I did different test of my lungs. Everything was all right. I now take anti conceptive pills to prevent ovulation which we think is the cause of the coughing.

      My gynecologist, keep control of the situation by regularly. I meet yearly with her. This year I will have a laparoscopy again to keep track of the situation. Does anyone recognize the symptoms I have? I mean the regularly coughing and having pain in the lung area?

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      mary 

      5 years ago

      Hi i like to know what kind of treatment your daughter had which is sound great .My daughter suffers from endometriosis to and the poor thing sometime she is in so much pain she pass out so please if you have some info that you can give me it will be a blessing and i am glad that your daughter is doing well god bless her THANK YOU MARY.

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      sheilamchughes 

      7 years ago from Little Rock, AR

      Lisa, I would like to invite you to visit our web sites at www.kare2004.com and www.endokarecentre.com to learn more about my daughter, Kari. At the age of 16, she was living the life of an invalid and we were fighting for her life. Kari made medical history and has been free of endo for 6 years. We have been blessed and now so many yong girls and women are following in her footsteps with the same or similar results from Letrozole. Thanks

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      OrangeCast 

      10 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Very interesting article. I recently started to research endometriosis and it's fascinating getting the point of view from someone who has suffered from this disease.

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