Introduction

My name is Kirsty-Louise, I’m 28 and I have endometriosis. 

Endometriosis is a full body disease. It happens when tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and Fallopian tubes. However it can be found on the bladder, lungs and even brain. This illness affects 1 in 10 women across the world. 

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This is my story

Sat nervously waiting for my name to be called out, this is my 7th GP’s appointment in as many months. Sat running through in my head exactly what I am going to say. 15 minutes later I come out feeling frustrated, holding back the tears, yet again. Why is it that so many medical professionals ignore this pain and various symptoms I suffer with daily? This is my story over the last 10 years.

There are many symptoms of endometriosis some of them are; 

  • Heavy periods
  • Painful periods
  • Severe pelvic pain
  • Pain during sex/after
  • Pain when going to the toilet
  • Infertility/ difficultly getting pregnant
  • Bloating

Everyone else suffered just as much as I did, right?!

When I entered my early 20’s, I became sexually active. The periods and pain got worse. It was then that I experienced one of the most debilitating symptoms of endometriosis, painful sex. I went back to my GP, I was told to use lube and to try extra foreplay. I was told that plenty of women have pain during sex and I will be fine.My symptoms didn’t really come to fruition until I was in my mid 20’s, and this is where my struggle with many doctors really began. I have all the classic symptoms of endometriosis: the heavy and painful periods, bleeding in between periods, painful sex, bloating, chronic fatigue & bladder and bowel issues. I was told by one doctor ‘it’s IBS’ take these tablets and change your diet and you’ll be absolutely fine. It didn’t help, nothing helped. After breaking down to another GP a few months later, I finally got referred to my local gynaecologist. I was full of hope, finally, I thought something is going to change.

However, that hope soon turned into despair when I was told

 ‘You’re too skinny, you’re too young, you don’t have endometriosis, there is nothing wrong with you.’

I have repeatedly gone to hospital, with bleeding so bad I soak through pads and tampons in minutes, to be dismissed with pain killers and told ‘we won’t look into your pain, it’s a bad period, take paracetamol and rest’.The months and years rolled by and the symptoms got worse.

I work a 50+ hour job, which is stressful at the best of times, mixed with uncertainty about my health and the daily struggle of getting out of bed. 

Due to the fatigue, I spent every night and weekend in bed, unable to lift my head off the pillow. Soon, it began to affect my relationships. My boyfriend barely touched me, my friends stopped asking me to go out. I used to lie there and think, is it all in my head? Why am I not strong enough? Why am I not good enough? That’s when the depression crept in, that’s when I started to lose myself. That’s when this illness nearly took my life.

I went back to my doctors, expecting the same response as usual. However, this time I had a new doctor. After breaking down, she spun her chair around put her hand on my knee and said ‘I believe you’. That moment will never leave me. She told me ‘it’s not all in your head’ and scheduled me for my exploratory surgery. I walked out of that appointment feeling validated, I knew that I wasn’t insane, that everything that was happening to me was real.

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I can’t explain the joy I finally felt!

When I awoke from my surgery, my surgeon came around and informed me the news that he had found cysts and pockets of endometriosis on my womb and ovaries. I cried, and I cried, I finally had the diagnoses, and no one could ever take that away from me. My pain was real. I couldn’t help but think back to the doctors, ex boyfriends and friends who didn’t believe me and who thought I was a hypochondriac.

Fast forward to today, 2 surgeries down and currently waiting to go back to see my surgeon who, I have no doubt, will put me back on the list for more surgery. If I could speak to my younger self now, I would tell her to stand up to your doctors. The pain is real and fight for what you believe in! 

There were days and still are days when the pain is just so bad, I can’t physically get out of bed. I am drained, I feel as though I am being stabbed repeatedly in my womb and ovaries. Painkillers don’t ease the pain, heat doesn’t help, nothing used to help, until I found CBD! 

I used to deal with my pain as most chronic illnesses patients do, through opioids and other tablets. At one point I was taking over 30 pills a day. This didn’t really help the pain at all.On top of endometriosis I have a number of other chronic pain illnesses, making the battle even worse. 

However one day, a friend of mine suggested I try CBD flowers from the guys at Herbal eyes and it has absolutely changed my life and how I deal with flare ups. I’m currently using the Bruce banner strain and I love it. It doesn’t get me ‘high’ as what you would expect from normal cannabis, but it definitely takes the pain away. It gives you a very relaxed high, yet I still feel alert. It helps my muscles relax which eases my flares and also helps me sleep when I am suffering from insomnia. Alongside this I am using CBD balm on areas of my body which are more likely to flare, which has reduced my pain 10 fold! 

I am working on coming off the majority of my medication due to the products from Herbal eyes! They are always there to help and answer any of my questions, can’t recommend them enough! 

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