Drs, Interrogation, and Finally, Endometriosis #MentalHealth #Endometriosis #delayeddiagnosis #Health
Hi All! Its been a tough year. I wrote previously about my husband’s death and grief. Now I would like to discuss the medical community.
For a year while caring for my husband after his stroke, I had symptoms of fatigue, abdominal pain, and digestive issues. I have many good doctors, yet whether in the ER or in the office, I was told nothing was wrong or I had constipation. I felt in this time, instead of having a conversation with me, some Drs interrogated me. I felt awful. I was recovering from PTSD, yet I felt my symptoms flare from feeling gaslighted.
A new Dr finally put me on the path in November to getting a correct diagnosis. I have endometriosis pervading my uterus, ovaries and intestines. However, it took until now-February-to meet with two surgeons-and I am still waiting on a surgery date. Again- over a year since my symptoms started.
I cannot help but wonder if Drs had a conversation with me instead of interrogating me if we would had reached this sooner. I do not know why so many diagnoses are delayed especially for women and those of us with mental health conditions. I can only say these interrogations left a path of distress until someone actually listened and put me on a path to a correct plan of action. I know many of you have these stories. I send hugs to all of you.