After having 3 boys and a miscarriage I was convinced by my doctor that permanent birth control, Essure, was my best route. I was hesitant because I wasn’t certain I was through having children. The hurt and pain I felt after miscarriage helped me agree to the procedure. It was a very easy, non painful procedure. I said to myself, this sounds to good to be true. Approximately 5 months after having this done, the agany starts. Daily headaches, so bad I couldn’t function. I had to leave work or sometimes even call in because of them. Severe abdominal pain. I’ve had so many visits to ER since Essure than I’ve had in my life. My visits to ER have occurred me over $20,000 in debt because I was uninsured at the time. I have bladder infections at least once a month, continuous back pain, bruising on my legs, irregular bleeding (menstrual cycle).
I went to the doctor that implanted the coils for help. She was very adiment when she said my problems were not Essure related. She didn’t even want to hear everything that I was going through. I saw a few more doctor’s and still none of them would listen. I moved to the state of Texas and started a new life. New job, new home. I was hoping to feel better health wise. Even the doctors somewhat convinced me that my problems were not related to essure. While at work, I remember sitting at my desk struggling to catch a breath. I didn’t understand what was going on but I was scared. I felt my hands and face starting to get numb. After that I went into panic mode and passed out. When I woke the ambulance was there attending to me. Nobody knew what was wrong. It was unexplainable. I was told to see a doctor immediately. So I see a doctor, she listens, she understands. She believes my problems are related to Essure. Finally, I felt God had sent me my angel. As any doctor, she went through the entire list of tests and x-rays in order to rule out other problems. All tests were good. She refers me to a OBGYN doctor, he listens and does a couple of his tests and exams. The one thing he said to me was, during your exam you were so uncomfortable and in so much pain, are you like this all the time. YES, I am. I’m miserable I told him. He says then let’s do it, let’s give you what you need to get you better ft or yourself and your children.
It brings me to tears that I have to have all my woman parts removed just to be normal again. But I’m dealing with it because I know I’ll be free of pain. Essure needs to be removed from the market. No other woman should have to go through this torture and pain. Thank you Erin for all your hard work and putting this out there for so many woman. To all my E-Sisters, ladies there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel.
1/13/2012 through 12/10/2014