I decided to have the Essure procedure in 2009. At that time I was 39 and I had recently divorced. I was working full time, raising my young daughter, and starting a new relationship. I was taking online courses for an Associates and Bachelors degrees and had big plans to find a better paying job in order to support us more comfortably. Preferably a Medical Coder/Biller in the medical field, which I have always had an interest in. Little did I know, my life was never going to be the same and my plans were going to come to a complete halt! I respected my doctor, and she talked highly of the Essure procedure. She assured me there wasn’t anything to it. Well, the day came. She said she was numbing everything and said not to worry, it will be fine. Well, it was extremely painful! I could barely contain myself! I felt like I was going to be sick or pass out, it hurt so bad. It was worse than child birth! After the procedure was over and I returned home I felt fine. So I just let it go and thought everything was okay. My monthly cycles were the same as they had always been, heavy. But, after a few months, I started getting really bad night sweats every night. It would soak the sheets. Some mornings when I woke up my face, neck and chest would be really flushed and would have a bad headache most of the day. It all seemed to me like my hormones might be out of whack. I mentioned this to my primary and my gyn and they both said I was too young for pre menopause and gave some big explanation why testing my hormones wouldn’t tell us anything. Not long after that I experienced more strange symptoms like the bottoms of my feet being so sore after a shopping trip I could hardly stand on them. It felt like I was walking on bruises and my feet and toes would tingle. I would sleep all night but never felt rested. I yawned all day long. My primary had me do a sleep study and it was completely normal. All blood work came back normal other than low B12 and Vitamin D on occasion. I was getting really frustrated. Then I started having extreme muscle pain. My arms and shoulders would hurt so bad! I was gradually loosing my short term memory and concentration. It started affecting my current job and still is. My feet and ankles stay swollen most of the time and I can hardly fit in my shoes. I have never been able to finish the education I need for my career plan, and I stay too fatigued to find a better job. Don’t ask me how, but I just make myself get up and go to work because I have to make money to live. I went to a rheumatologist and a neurologist and had a MRI and a nerve test. All came back normal. Finally, since no one could find anything wrong with me, all the doctors agreed it was probably fibromyalgia because I had the right number of tender points for the diagnoses. I was prescribed Nortryptoline and Tramadol to take the edge off the muscle pain in addition to my other regular medications for asthma and high blood pressure. I had a uteral ablation in 2011 because I have always had heavy periods. My gyn said I was a perfect candidate since I already had the Essure. So there is one positive thing…. I don’t have to deal with the bleeding anymore! After months of tracking my pain and symptoms, and having the flares on and off at any given time, I have discovered that the most severe pain flare is right at the time I ovulate every month. That flare lasts for about a week. Now, suddenly, there seems to be a possible connection after hearing about the Essure problems. I want all of these crazy symptoms to go away! I can hardly take it anymore. It is really testing my inner strength! My next big battle it going to be convincing my doctor’s about the Essure. My company insurance changed since all this mess, so I have all new doctor’s that don’t know anything about me or what I have been through. I just want to be normal and PAIN FREE again and get back to my LIFE!