ENDOSTRONG Patient of the Week:Evelyn's Story

ENDOSTRONG Patient of the Week:Evelyn's Story

Evelyn’s period was horrible from the first time she had it. From the ages of 12-17, Evelyn experienced horrific cramps that were so bad, they once caused her to pass out at school. Her gynecologists kept telling her that this terrible pain she was experiencing was just a part of being a woman. At the age of 18, she was put on the birth control pill to try and alleviate her cramps. The pill did alleviate her cramps, but created a host of other problems for her, including mood swings, nausea and bloating. Despite these effects, she stayed on the pill for almost 10 years.

When Evelyn was 27, she came off the pill to try to alleviate the nausea and indigestion that she was constantly feeling.  Shortly after coming off the pill, she woke up one night with excruciating lower back pain. Her painful symptoms were just getting worse.  A friend of hers asked if she ever considered endometriosis as the cause of her symptoms. Her friend’s sister had endometriosis and she was familiar with the disease. Evelyn went to her new gynecologist with this potential diagnosis. The gynecologist agreed it could be endometriosis, and wanted to put Evelyn back on the pill. Evelyn did not want to go back on the pill and decided to go see another doctor.

Evelyn found a doctor who agreed with the endometriosis diagnosis and wanted to go in laparoscopically to confirm the diagnosis.  Evelyn was 27 at the time of her first surgery. The doctor told Evelyn she had a very mild case, “a touch of endometriosis.”  The doctor then wanted to put Evelyn on Danzanol—a progesterone based drug that was mainly used in the early 1970s to treat endometriosis.  After doing extensive research on the drug, Evelyn decided not to take it, but instead try a low dose birth control pill. Unfortunately, these pills still left her feeling miserable due to the side effects.

Evelyn found Dr. Seckin through the recommendation of a family friend who was a medical typist. Evelyn went to see Dr. Seckin and brought all of her pictures from her recent surgery. He immediately saw endometriosis in the pictures that was left in her pelvic cavity. Even though she had surgery two months prior, Evelyn was in more pain than ever, now experiencing painful bowel movements and pain with intercourse. Dr. Seckin decided to operate and found significant endometriosis in Evelyn. Endometriosis was around her bowels and coiled around her appendix. Her symptoms improved tremendously after her surgery with Dr. Seckin.

Evelyn had surgery with Dr. Seckin again around the age of 30, three years after her first one. She had more endometriosis removed from the right side of her pelvis and around her bowels.  Evelyn is now 44, and although Evelyn has experienced some pain over the years related to her endometriosis, she has never experienced the level of pain she had before having her first surgery with Dr. Seckin. She is grateful for all of the research he does concerning the disease and how supportive he is of all of his patients.

Evelyn has looked through her family history and has recognized that some women who had to have early hysterectomies, or suffered miscarriages, may have likely had endometriosis that went undiagnosed. To ease some of her remaining symptoms over the past few years, Evelyn has reached out to nutritionists and practitioners that are knowledgeable in natural remedies to ease her pain and her bowel symptoms. She encourages women who are struggling with endometriosis, that have aversions to synthetic hormones and medicines, to try these alternative therapies to ease symptoms.

As Evelyn moves forward, she is welcoming menopause. She whole heartedly exclaims, “Bring on the hot flashes!” as she hopes to say goodbye to any remaining endometriosis symptoms forever.

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    I was in pain for 2 years. I was getting no answers, and because dr Goldstein and dr seckins were willing to see and treat me I'm finally feeling almost back to normal. They were very down to earth and helpful in my time of need. Dr Goldstein was easy to talk to and caring, she took care of me…

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    Dr. Seckin is one of the best endometriosis surgeon. Every time I go to the office, he really listens to me and is always concerned about my issues. Dr Seckin's office staff are a delight and they always work with me. I feel I can leave everything to them and they will take care of it. Thank you to the…

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    I had a wonderful experience working with Dr. Seckin and his team before, during and after my surgery. I came to Dr. Seckin having already had laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis 5 years prior, with a different surgeon. My symptoms and pain had returned, making my life truly challenging and my menstrual cycle unbearable. Dr. Seckin was quick to validate my…

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    I came to Dr. Seckin after years of dealing with endometriosis and doctors who didn't fully understand the disease. He quickly ascertained what needed to be done, laid out the options along with his recommendation and gave me the time to make the right decision for me. My surgery went without a hitch and I'm healing very well. He and…

  • Nicholette Sadé

    Dr. Seckin brought me back to life! I am now 3 weeks into my recovery after my laparoscopy surgery, and I feel like a new and improved woman! Being diagnosed with Endometriosis, then 25yrs old in 2015, and discovering the severity of my case being stage 4, made me devastated. Dr. Seckin's vast knowledge of the disease, sincere empathy, and…

  • Jason Curry

    My wife had her laparoscopic excision surgery to remove endometriosis with Dr. Seckin on Jan 30, 2014. She doesn't write online reviews so I'm writing this on her behalf. I accompanied her with each office visit she had. The staff--Lucy and Kim, are very friendly, warm and professional. Dr. Seckin was excellent in every capacity. He spent a lot of…

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    He is an awesome doctor who saved my daughters life from debilitating endometriosis..she knew instantly upon awaking from surgery that she was better..that wad May and no complaints only praises for Dr. Wonderful Seckin!!

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    I was diagnosed with Endometriosis at 19. I saw several Endometriosis "Specialists" since then, had a few laproscopic surgeries to "remove" the endometriosis and continued to be in pain. I had a hysterectomy in 2012 and was told this would stop the pain once and for all. No such luck! Tired of spending days in bed with a heating pad,…

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    I researched and found Dr. Seckin after dealing with years of doctors who couldn't help me or refused to go the extra mile for their patients. I have to say I am truly blessed to have found such a compassionate and talented doctor. He is exquisite with everything he does, and both his team at the office and surgical team…

  • Kellya Vespa

    Dr. Seckin is a very skilled surgeon. There are not many doctors like him that truly understand the effects of endometriosis. I am lucky to have found him. The staff is wonderful too.

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    Dr. Seckin truly LOVES what he does and cares about his patients from the bottom of his heart. My life has already changed in 3 weeks and I couldn’t be more grateful. Should I ever need another operation for endometriosis, Dr. Seckin will be the one to do it. I recommend him to anyone I come across with similar problems…

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