A little over 5 weeks ago, October 2nd,I received the Essure procedure. It was the worst decision of my life. The day I went into have the procedure done I was told it would take 5-10 mins with little to no pain. My procedure took 25 min and involved a lot of sharp pain and cramping. This right here should have been my first red flag, but I was told every ones body reacts different. Fair enough. I was sent home with Motrin 800 and oxycodone. The next three days I was in extreme pain. I had a lot of cramping and spotting. I called the nurse and was told that this should go away and if it gets worse to call back. After several more days and no pain meds, I called back to the office and they prescribed me more Motrin 800. I was so unhappy and frustrated, but I held out until my two week checkup to see the doctor again.
When I went in for my two week check up I was told that all the pain I was having was due to my stool hardening from all the medication I had been taking. I was told this pain had nothing to do with the procedure. I received an exam only after my request, and no ultrasound. I was sent home and told to take some fiber and I should feel better in about a week. The fiber did help, and I did start feeling a little better. I was still having some cramping here and there, but nothing I couldn’t tolerate.
November 6, I was making dinner and doing crafts with my daughter when I started having horrible chest pain. This symptom was followed by, arm numbness, sweating, hands clenching up, and uncontrollable shaking. I was taken by squad to the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack. After some test and a chest x-ray they told me I had pancreatitus. My husband told them he strongly felt that this had something to do with my Essure procedure., but they did not listen to him. I was sent home with anti- nausea and yet more pain meds. The next morning after all the meds wore off from the hospital I was in pain again. I tried taking the meds, but they only mad me sick. I layed on my bathroom floor in pain vomiting until 10:30 am when my husband sent someone to came take me back to the hospital. This is when I was told I didn’t have pancreatitus and they where ordering a CT scan. In that scan they found that both of the springs from the procedure where dislodged. One was in my uterus and one in my stomach. My OBGYN was informed of the findings, and we where told that it had nothing to do with my condition.I spent the next 4 days in the hospital with no answers. Laying there nauseous and in excruciating pain.
November 10, my OBGYN ordered another physician to do a scope of my stomach. He felt that I had and ulcer from all the pain meds. I had the scope that afternoon, and guess what was found? The spring from the procedure was lodged between my small and large intestine. I had to go into emergency surgery to not only remove the spring, but they also had to remove my appendix. The day after my surgery I had instant relief. Although I was very sore from the surgery I felt like a new person.
I still have to go back in two weeks and get the other spring out of my uterus. I am hoping it is an easy task and I can be done with all of this. This has been one of the worst things I have ever gone through in my entire life. If my doctor would have just listened to me after the first two weeks, this may have all been prevented.
I know other people who have had this procedure done and they are perfectly fine. I am not telling you not to have this done, but I am saying if you do, be very cautious. Listen to your body. You know it better then any doctor. If you notice something is not right be very persistent that something is done.
I hope that by sharing my story this can help anyone considering this procedure.