I had my daughter in 1998. After having her my cycles kept getting worse. I went 10 years with extremely heavy bleeding and pain that would double me over. In August 2009 I went to an obgyn after my family doctor had just joked about my pain calling it a ‘super uterus’. The obgyn that I went to performed an ultra sound and found that I had cysts on my right ovary. She scheduled me a surgery to remove my cysts but I ended up loosing my right ovary. during this procedure she perforated my uterus and claimed to have repaired it.
I still am not sure if there are any permanent damages from that incident. while she was performing this procedure she found endometriosis tissue. her answer was to prescribe me lortab 10 and attempt to push me towards the lupron injections that I would have to pay $1000.00 a month after my insurance. Well like most people i didnt have a grand a month for this. I sought a second opinion. I went to a reproductive endocronologist. when I consulted with him he said that he could have performed the procedure and not had to take my ovary. He also stated that he could go in and remove my tissue growth and I could go on to have a normal life.
My symptoms that set me over the edge to persue help to begin with had drastically increased from what I mentioned before to painful bowel movements to the point that I would starve myself until it hurt so bad that I had to eat all because when i went to the bathroom it hurt so bad that I would vomit from the pain. I scheduled the surgery with the endocrynologist and what started as an outpatient procedure turned into 5 surgeons and a 6 day stay in the hospital. the tissue growth was so bad that it had grown through my intestines and into my colon. when all this started i was about 180 pounds. at the time of my surgery i was less than 125 pounds. I had a bowel resection. I lost 4 inches of my intestines and 10% of my colon. After the surgery the endocrynologist sent me back to the prior obgyn for check ups and continued treatment.
I wish I would have refused now. The obgyn that I was sent back to told me that the essure would prevent my endometriosis from returning but it was permanent sterilization. well at the time I was ok with not having any more children. I was 28 years old when this all happened. I was not informed of any sideffects other than it was permanent sterilization.
In April 2010 I had the essure implanted. I arrived at the doctors office and was given a cocktail of xanex, tordol and a number of other drugs. The doctor waited all of about 10 minutes then started the procedure. It was the most agonizing pain I have ever been in. None of the medicine they gave me took away the tremendous pain of this procedure. After it was over the nurse told me I could stand up, when i did a pool of blood collected at my feet! The medicine didnt take any effect until I was halfway home. Since this procedure I have had constant fatigue, mild headaches, sharp stabbing pain in my side that doubles me over and to top it all off, when i went to my doctor for my check up in 2012 he told me that he believes that my endometriosis is back! I never went back for the HCG because my insurance would not cover it and I could not afford it. Since all this has happened I am now a single parent and I want this out of me NOW!
I have just recently started looking into the complications of this product and I feel completely lied to. I cannot afford medical bills. Since researching this (always research…..never trust your doctor) I also have found that people with metal allergies should not have this procedure….again information that would have been useful prior to having this done, I cannot wear stainless steel jewelry because I breakout in rashes and little bumps. I feel like I am all alone in a small version of hell with this implant. My doctor is now telling me that it is permanent and cannot be removed. I have found a place in chappel hill north carolina, when I talked to my doctor about it he said that the reason places like this send you to a hotel after the procedure is because if you have complications from the removal procedure you will be dumped off in the emergency room for someone else to deal with.
So now Im always tired and in pain and scared to persue having this taken out because I dont know who to trust! Someone please help me! Erin please warn women of the complications of this aweful product. Please work to get this off the market!