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Woman Insisted Something Was Wrong, But Everyone Thought She Was Just Bellyaching Over 'Period Pain'

A lot of health care professionals will tell you that pain is a sign that something is wrong, and to always err on the side of caution. When you don't feel good, you should get checked.

A lot of people would agree that if you have constant pain, you should see a doctor and make sure everything is okay. Unfortunately, even with all this sage advice, patients who go seeking help for chronic problems often get turned away.

Family, friends and even employers can become unsympathetic over time, and might chalk up constant complaints to some kind of hypochondria. One woman, for example, knew for a long time that something was wrong with her, and she repeatedly reached out for help.

Her pain and her concerns were continuously dismissed. Everyone kept telling her she just had cramps and should learn to suck it up.

They were wrong.

Sinead Smythe is only 20 years old, but she's already been to the emergency room more than 200 times. The U.K. woman started getting pain when she was 11 years old, and she frequently complained of stomach cramps.

Everyone kept writing it off as period pain.

Smythe even lost two jobs because of her pain. Employers thought she was just looking for attention or to get out of work.

No one seemed to believe the young woman.

"The pain can be so crippling that I cannot move from the same position, I can be rolled up in a ball for hours on end," she said on her blog later.

Finally, in January of 2016, after years of suffering, someone listened to her. Upon getting checked, she was diagnosed with endometriosis.

The painful disorder occurs when tissue that's supposed to grow inside the uterus grows on the outside. The displaced tissue can spread, thicken, break down and bleed.

Instead of the body shedding it during menstruation as usual, it gets trapped, can become irritated or result in the development of scar tissue.

Endometriosis can be severely painful, according to the Mayo Clinic, but it can also result in fertility problems.

Smythe went in to surgery to help ease some of her pain, but the condition came back. She was told that the only real hope of a cure would come with a hysterectomy, but the young woman isn't ready to close the door on the chance at having children someday.

She's trying other treatments for the time being.

Now Smythe is on a mission. She wants to raise awareness of the condition, and to be a champion of those who are dismissed when they complain of chronic pain.

"If we all stand together against this awful condition then we will help others understand and hopefully no other women will feel alone in this fight," she says. "Living with a long-term invisible illness is hard but you cannot let endometriosis take over."

She also wants people to know that just because someone doesn’t look sick, doesn’t mean they’re well. "My employers didn't understand, they looked at me as if I was lying because I didn't physically look unwell, anyone who does not understand calls it 'a bad period.'"

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Caters

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