*I know this is very long but if one person reads this and says , "Hmmm something isn't right " and seeks out help, it would be worth it *
I'm 18 years old and I am on my way to college in 3 weeks- PAIN FREE!!! I've always had very painful periods but last August when my period came, the pain stayed and it NEVER left until 6 days ago when Dr.Seckin removed 26 lesions, 24 positive for endometriosis.
In September 2015, I went to a gynecologist who put me on birth control and gave me a prescription for pain meds and things went from bad to worse in 3 months. In January, I was then referred to a gastroenterologist-another dead end. In February, I saw a naturopathic doctor who spotted "reproductive stress" on a blood test. I took supplements for 3 months with no relief. I felt incredibly frustrated and really started to wonder if everyday for the rest of my life I would feel like this. With this being said, I truly believe that they meant well and gave me the best care that they knew how to give - but there is simply not enough awareness about endometriosis, and that is something that NEEDS to change. The first time I heard the word "endometriosis" was in September when my gynecologist mentioned it and like most people would've done- I stayed up all night learning about this awful disease instead of studying for my 3 tests the next day. I never missed a day of school or work and also volunteered every week despite extreme exhaustion and severe pain that went from around my rib age area all the way down my legs and into my back. People would look at me and make comments like "you look so depressed" or sometimes I would zone out on them. The problem with endometriosis is that it is invisible. Just because you don't "look" sick doesn't mean you aren't sick. If someone has a broken leg, they have a cast on and people would understand if they looked upset, were struggling etc. My skin was my "cast" and nobody could have ever guessed the hell I was going through on a daily basis. I slept with a heating pad on the highest setting EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT in an attempt to somewhat dull the pain-creating burns on my stomach. I had a lot of trouble sleeping, when I finally fell asleep I woke up absolutely exhausted and in excruciating pain. There were plenty of mornings where I would wake up crying because the pain was so shocking and intense and I would still drag myself to school and anywhere else I had to be for the day. My mom would always say," Lex, stay home from school today." And I refused every single time because I knew that if I would've said yes once, I would have probably missed 95% of my senior year of high school. Physically I was there but mentally I was in another place counting down the hours until I could go back to bed and curl up in the fetal position with my heating pad.
After doing some research, we came across Dr.Seckin and it was like a breath of fresh air. After going through the website, we discovered that he had written a book about endometriosis. My mom and I were glued to it and had tears and chills reading this amazing book. I instantly knew that he would be able to help me and scheduled an appointment immediately. After telling him my symptoms he said,"I believe you, you're here for a reason." Somehow I managed not to cry. Finally I had someone who didn't look at me like I was some crazy teenager and believed that the pain I was feeling was very real.
I am currently 6 days post op and I can't remember the last time I felt this great, which is so crazy and amazing to be able to say. I noticed a difference immediately. The "pain" I feel right now is surgical pain NOT pain from endometriosis. Back pain- gone! Leg pain-gone!
Everyone on his team whether it be in the office or at the hospital were also so incredibly kind, helpful and understanding.
If you suffer with pain (not only physically but mentally and emotionally) from this monster like I DID, I would highly recommend seeing Dr.Seckin. There are no words to describe how truly amazing he is and I will forever be grateful for everything he has done for me. He put a true smile back on my face (something I haven't had for a while) and I'm so thankful for that. Thank you Dr.Seckin, thank you.
MOM: after a year + of dealing with the anguish and helplessness of not being able to help my daughter, she has finally said the words that I have dreamed of hearing....I feel so much better!!!
Dr. Seckin was a soft place to fall. Put your faith in God 1st and Dr. Seckin 2nd and you will surely be on the right road.