I recieved my Essure implants in May of 2008. I first seen Essure on ‘The Doctors’ television show, and thought to myself, ‘finally, something for me, with no down time!’, I thought to myself; little did I realize how it would change my life.
At the age of 30, and after two very normal pregnancies, I had my Essure implanted in outpatient surgery where I was under anasthia, and took about a day or two to recoup with heavy cramping, but I thought nothing of it. For the next 6 years, I’ve gone through nothing but hell! First started out with severe boughts of cramping, and heavy bleeding during menastration. Next started with my legs in horriable pain, that my husband would have to rub them, as I would lay in pain and cry because nothing would seem to work for pain-and I am not one to just up and take heavy pain medications. After about a year of the surgery, I would get painful intercourse, which lead to severe cramping, and light bleeding on occasions, which seemed to have increased incidences as time went on. I never in my life had such a horriable time with my repoductive area.Even my husband told me I had a bad smell down by my vagina; and would deal with brown discharge, which I never had.
Then in Novemeber of 2010, after intercourse, I had emense pain and fell to the floor. My husband, whom is a paramedic had to call 911 for me, because I could not move off of the floor. After being transported to the hospital, and a 8 hour wait, and ultrasound testing, I was told my left ovary had burst due to a cyst and had to have an emergancy surgery due to bleeding internally. After I was sliced accross my adomen from hip to hip, staples holding me together, I was recovering off of work for 12 weeks, and severly depressed. I felt like I had a c-section, although I never had one.
After my emergancy surgery, I still had painful intercouse with light bleeding and severe cramping, heavy bleeding during my period, and now a new concern-cysts! Never had cysts in my life. In december of 2011, I was fed up with my severe leg pain, and other symptoms, along with taking time off of work. I am a police officer, and when I take sick time off for non-duty injuries, I wouldn’t get paid for my time off. So, I discussed having a hysterectomy with my OB/GYN, she was reluctant due to my age, but performed the surgery. In Febuary 2012 I had a compelete hysterectomy, leaving only my ovaries for obvious reason, and I felt fabulous after the surgery. No painful intercouse, no painful peroids, and free from cramps. I’m free!
Then, in July of 2012-only 5 months later, I had emergency gall bladder surgery. I was so depressed, and unsure of what was happening to my body. I was in shape, atheletic, ran a mile a day before my first surgery; to gaining 50 lbs, fatigued, and uanble to walk in the matter of 2 1/2 years.
Slowly after my surgeries, my complete body pain has only amplified, I get headaches, un explainable fevers, dizziness, fogginess, and the list goes on and on. I just sit at home and cry because of pain. Only my husband and children understand because they can see it. I’ve tried changing my diet to eating only anit-inflamatory reducing foods, to no glueten, meat, vegan….I’ve tried it all holistically-since I do not like taking any medication. My doctor has sent me to a neurologist, rhumatologist to check for carpal tunnel and arthiritus-all of which the diagnosis’s are clear. Now I sit on desk duties at work, because I have unexplainable pain and boughts of serious fatigue. I’m loosing my career and control of my body, all because I believed there was a simple proceedure that was supposed to help in birth control, and considered safe by the FDA.
Thank you for letting me share my story.