My name is Nicole and I am a 34 year old mother of four amazing children. I had my youngest daughter 4 moths ago. She was a bit of a surprise because I was done having babies 7 years ago! I love my baby girl and wouldn’t change a thing; however, as a bartender and student, I can’t afford anymore children. I struggle now to make ends meet. I aslo have the worst time being pregnant. I had tons of complications and problems that made it difficult to take care of my other children during my pregnancy.
My OBGYN asked if I was interested in a tubal, and I said yes before he finished the question. When I asked if it would be done in the hospital when I gave birth, he said they do it in the office now and handed me a pamphlet about Essure.
I was amazed! Things had come a long way since I had my last child! I didn’t even hesitate and said sign me up!
A couple weeks ago I showed up an hour early for my appointment and was given a drug cocktail and told to wait for them to kick in. Once they took effect, the doctor began. It was really painful, but I thought that was a small price to pay to never go through pregnancy again.
After the Essure was placed I sat crying in the office for about ten minutes before I could get up and leave. I cramped and spotted for 2 days, and on the third day, the blood and pain was gone. All was well……until day 4. The cramping came back with a vengeance and I was having tons of mucousy yellow and green discharge. Just my luck, I would get an infection after all my troubles with my pregnancy! Since I work full time plus, have three kids in school and a new born, I needed it to be addressed immediately so I wouldn’t miss work. I went to urgent care after work but they were closed, so I went to the mini ER next door. They ran blood, urine, and pelvic sample tests and even did an ultrasound. While the doctor agreed that it looked like an infection when doing the pelvic exam, all the cultures and tests came back normal.
I followed up with my doctor the following Tuesday (one week after getting the Essure) and he decided to try a broad spectrum antibiotic for ten days since it was getting worse. I made it until friday night before the pain was unbearable and my joints were aching. I left work and headed straight for the ER again.
I begged the doctor to get the coils out or knock me out until someone else would….I got neither. They hooked me up to an IV and pumped me full of Dilaudid. The pelvic exam caused me to scream and cry even with the pain meds. The ultrasound tech couldn’t even find the coils because of the inflammation. She said everything was ‘too angry’ and I had a cyst on my ovary. I was sent home with a prescription of Percocet to get me through the weekend till I could go back to my OBGYN. My 8-11 hour shifts at work just about killed me that weekend.
He got me in on Tuesday (2weeks after placement of the Essure) and scheduled my bilateral salpingectomy for the following day. Grom what I jave simce ewad, I am lucky to have a doxtor believe me that ot wasbthe Essure causing the problems.
I woke up the morning of my surgery and had to take two Percocets and 800mg of Ibuprofen before I could even get out of bed. My abdominal pain felt like a labor contraction that wouldn’t stop and ever joint in my body was stiff and screaming in pain. Even getting dressed was it’s own special Hell. I was terrified to hold my baby because I was so weak I thought I was going to drop her.
Immediately after waking up from anesthesia, my joint pain was dramatically decreased but of course I was, and still am in a tremendous amount of post-surgery pain.
I wish I would have known how dangerous Essure was a few weeks ago. I stupidly believed what the doctor told me and didn’t do my research. I am now suffering in pain trying to not stress about how my kids are going to eat and how my bills will get paid now that I haven’t any money coming in. I can’t hold my baby because she is over my lift limit, nor can I breast feed because of the meds. It feels as though Essure has ruined my life. I know this too shall pass, but it’s all so overwhelming.