British Woman Goes To The Emergency Room Over 200 Times In A 9-Year Span Before Doctors Find Out Whats Wrong. Now She's Trying To Raise Awareness.
Health and Fitness
On 3rd February 2018
Sinead Smythe has been fighting a terrible disease, its excruciating to the point that it has affected her daily life and at one point, the young British woman was forced to quit her job twice because of the unbearable pain. Smythe now wants the world to know about this disease so next time any woman does not have to go through the hassle she went through. For the purpose, Smythe is using social media platform to know the world about signs and symptoms of endometriosis.
#1 Severe Stomach Cramps
Suffering from severe stomach cramps, Sinead Smythe has spent years going from one hospital to another in search of her diagnosis. The pain was unbearable and there was simply no answer. Smythe, 20 was only 11 when she first started suffering from this unknown illness.
#2 Doctors Dismissed Her Condition As "Bad Periods"
She would bear unbearable aches, especially during her periods. Majority of the doctors dismissed her condition as "bad periods." Throughout her 9 years of bearing miserable pain, Smythe visited the A&E (“Accident and Emergency” department, the UK’s equivalent of an American emergency room) over 200 times and even underwent two operations in hope of getting a diagnosis of her condition but unfortunately, nothing worked.
#3 An Average Woman Gets Diagnosed In 7 Years
In 2016, Smythe's first diagnosis came and it was Pelvic Inflammatory Disease but even this turned out to wrong. After her repeated misdiagnosis, Smythe was finally relieved when in January 2016 she was diagnosed with endometriosis. Smythe has now taken it upon herself to help women out there and is raising awareness about endometriosis. According to the reports, it takes an average of 7 years for the disease to get diagnosed itself, which is truly unbelievable.