This is the story of Melanie Price and how she has found a great way to help others with Endometriosis. Melanie wrote to me months ago and I am so happy she has taken her Endometriosis to a new level of wanting to help other women! You can support her through her shop, details listed below.
The greatest sound is waking up to my nine month old babbling in her crib and seeing her smile at me when I enter her room. I was an individual constantly on the go….work, school, relationships, traveling, exploring my options in life and what I wanted to do. It never occurred to me that an emotional, physical, and mental condition would disrupt my life later down the road. I began visiting the Army ER from January – May 2007 2-3 times a month with severe pain in my abdomen, lower back, and down my left leg. The first ER doctor did a CT Scan and found kidney stones and a shadow. The mysterious shadow on a scan and not one doctor was able to diagnosis it, not an unwelcoming sound at 2am. Back the next day for a 4-hour treatment of IV’s for kidney stones by a family clinic doctor whom closely examined the CT Scan on the shadow, a diagnosis of an ovarian cyst. They don’t treat cysts other than with a program that I like to call – “let’s wait and see if it bursts”. Their ideal treatment is to pump me full of Ibrophen, 600mg and vicodin and told me to alternate them every 4-6 hours. The second ER doctor kept trying to treat me for gas in the abdomen and then the third ER doctor I saw due to pain going down my leg at the start of a menstrual cycle whispered to me,”I think you have endometriosis but there’s no reason to test you for it.” Needless to say with this comment, I left without my medicine and figured it was time to learn to live with the pain. I finally saw a civilian doctor with new insurance and he told me “you don’t have the classic symptoms to have the condition I was thinking about.” I knew something was wrong when I could barely walk, sleep, or move and by this time the medicines stopped working. This civilian doctor did order an ultrasound, since I was due; to make sure the cyst had not grown. The results came back with multiply cysts. The doctor referred me a gynecologist, since the military doctors never did. Within two weeks I was off to see a gynecologist and was scared, I didn’t want another doctor to tell me there is nothing wrong. I met the doctor and fell in love with his bedside manner. He wanted to know everything from start to finish as he sat eye leveled with me. He was the superman who came to my rescue with a surgery date a week later. I was nervous to hear what would be found, excited because the pain would be there as my cycle was about to start but it didn’t, and then furious when I heard the diagnosis upon waking up from laparoscopic surgery. It was diagnosed as endometriosis.
Over the next two years I opted to try the Lupron Shot by taking the recommended once a month shot for 6 months, but the estrogen-add back therapy was changed two times with complications throughout, resulting in leg pain, mini-cycles, and an emotional roller coaster. One of the side effects of the shot is joint pain, one month after the recommended 6 months treatment, I woke up to severe joint pain in elbows and fingers, they ached 24/7 with temporary relief by soaking them in the coldest water I could find. After trying Tylenol for the pain, a phone call was made to the sixth doctor to discuss the joint pain. He denied that the lupron shot caused the joint pain and suggested I continue taking Tylenol. Over the course of another 6 months, I had x-rays done, referred to specialists for joint pain, prescribed prednisone, and told no correlation from the shot to the joint pain. Six months after the shots, I started noticing the endometriosis symptoms returning and decided to give it another try but go without the estrogen therapy and take the shot full blown. I was only able to take it for 3 months, since my co-pay was $140/month while working part time with my child care career and part time doing an unpaid externship with a medical office I was unable to continue. Even though the three months did help out, I did notice the same joint pain came back moderately. No matter what the doctors were telling me, this shot caused joint pain in me. I kept thinking there has got to be another way to control this condition without getting my body out of balance with the drugs.
I believe in the saying, “everything happens for a reason”. While working in child care for seven years, I enjoyed what I did, but by changing from one center to another and from state to state, the different atmospheres developed a stressful, emotional toll on me. I started thinking about my life and how can I grow in this career. I decided it was time for me to try a different career path, medical, maybe I can help young women have a better understanding about this condition by learning more about it by becoming a medical assistant. Shortly after starting evening classes for medical assistant, I met a girl who is an entrepreneur with her own business. I fell in love with the products that she carries and soon became an entrepreneur myself.
Evening classes, working full time at a child care center, and studying, left little time to really grasp the idea of owning my own business. I knew I had awesome products on my hands that would help just about anybody out there. How do I get it them into people’s hands with little knowledge about the products? I started trying the products and liked them a lot. I started in a full time position in a medical office as a medical record technician. This will be a great way to get my foot in the door and hopefully move up in the company to be a medical assistant. I was off all medicines for four months except for the occasional Vicodin/Percocet during my cycles and left our dreams of having a child in God’s hands. He knew when the time would be right for us to conceive our first child. Shortly after quitting child care for the last time, we conceived our daughter. It felt surreal to know we finally were able to become pregnant and I couldn’t wait to tell our “superman” doctor. I was bursting full of excitement the day I was to see our doctor.
I couldn’t wait to tell him that we were expecting. I knew that if we could get pregnant that my symptoms would be better for the 9+ months, but I wasn’t sure if I would have any complications along the way. At most doctor offices you see the same doctor every month, however, at his office they encourage you to see someone different every month to get to know the other doctors. I was going to be selfish and make sure that I saw our “superman” doctor as much as I could. He completely agreed because of the road I traveled in two years to get pregnant. He would overbook his appointments every month just to make sure I was seeing him. I wanted him to have the chance at a joyous pregnancy to be celebrated by all. He saw me up until 36 weeks pregnant as our schedules did not mesh every week there after. I understood from the beginning that he could possible not be the delivering doctor, but surprised us with a visit the following morning to congratulate us.
At my six week postpartum checkup, most of my healing was going okay, due to an emergency C-section I was still healing from an infection and wound. The midwife encouraged me to begin taking birth control pills. The more I thought about it and researched endometriosis, the more I wanted to know how I could control or reduce the symptoms of endo. Once again everything happens for a reason and I ran across the website, Endo Empowered by Melissa Turner. I spent an evening just reading and relating to her articles, emailing her to see if it was all true and sent out a blurb about my story. In one of the articles she talked about increasing your antioxidants intake. I increased my antioxidants in one month and noticed a big difference in how my body felt during a period. I was amazed.
By reading many articles at Endo Empowered, I wanted to share my endo story, what I am doing to feel better naturally. I hope that my story will inspire you to take a second look at what treatments you are currently taking and possibly rethink about taking natural products.
Each and every woman that reads articles at Endo Empowered has an inspiring story to share and help all of us overcome our trials and tribulations with endometriosis. The saying, “I wish I knew now than what I knew then” would have helped me in making a better decision as to what treatments would have been the best for my body. I share my story to women that I meet and encourage them to make the best decision. I encourage you to share your stories and let’s fight to cure endometriosis naturally.
Thank you Melanie Price for sharing your story with us and for making a difference to women in your own special way!