Doctors Kept Telling Her That She Was Fine – She Searched For Her Own Diagnosis On Google

Doctors kept telling Tracy Fischer that she was fine every time she went in for a check-up. Fischer has been experiencing “crippling, life-altering pain” ever since she started having her period at age eleven.

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Image: Tracy L. Fischer

Image: Tracy L. Fischer

“From lying paralyzed in the nurse’s office in high school to blacking out after a pelvic exam at age 24, never once did a doctor seem to believe me when I said I needed help,” she writes.
In one particular incident in May 2013, Fischer experienced an intense amount of pain that left her lying on the floor in agony. She knew that couldn’t be something normal so her now-husband took her to the emergency room to get to the bottom of this mystery.

The doctors were sure that the immense pain she was experiencing was caused by kidney stones. They hooked her up to an IV and performed a CT scan on her.

There were no kidney stones in the CT scan tests. The doctors sent Fischer  home, assuring her that there was nothing wrong with her. She new she was anything but fine.

“I put up with this for another year until I was tired of being ‘fine. My symptoms were getting worse, happening outside of my period, and I was even having pain during pelvic exams and intercourse.”

Unable to get a proper diagnosis, she turned to Google. There was only one thing that amounted to all of her symptoms: endometriosis.

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Image: Women’s Health.Gov

Endometriosis is a chronic condition which occurs when the tissue that usually lines the uterus is found outside of the uterus. The blood that would normally be shed from the uterus has no way of exiting the body.

Millions of women suffer from endometriosis, it is not an uncommon condition. Because many doctors do not familiarize themselves with such condition, it often goes undiagnosed.

Image: Tracy Fischer

Image: Tracy Fischer

Even after returning to her doctor, he was a little weary to believe her own self-diagnosis.

“Having read about the procedure for diagnosing endometriosis, I practically demanded that my doctor prescribe it. After trying to argue with me, he begrudgingly scheduled for me for a transvaginal ultrasound that was necessary to rule out anything else before my diagnostic surgery.”

Fischer recovered from the surgery and is now being a strong advocate for women’s health.

“Please don’t accept ‘fine’ when you know you’re not. Be proactive with your health.”

Article: Xojane