Tabitha had suffered with the pain associated with Endo long before she was diagnosed with Endometriosis when she was 26. Now 30, she lives in Franklin, TN, and her life may be drastically changing due to her ongoing symptoms.
Tabitha’s Journey: I say I was diagnosed at age 26 but the pain and other symptoms have been treated long before that. I’d say it all started at age 23. But the severe back pain started 2 years ago. In the thoracic region around my T8 and T9. It hurts so bad at times that it’s hard to straighten myself up. I have no diagnosis yet but drs say there’s nothing wrong with my spine as far as anything herrniated and no slipped disks. So what else can it be?
I have stage 4 endometriosis and it’s grown as far as adhering on to my diaphragm which is adjacent to my spinal pain. I have wondered for the last 2 years what could possibly be wrong with my spine and after reading this blog about it, I’m almost certain that had to be it.
This disease has completely ran my life for the last 7 years. My body telling me new things that I can no longer do. Such as giving up my massage business after 11 years, all my favorite foods, all of my energy, and throwing money out left and right to anything that may help, not to mention cleaning taking more than all day to do because of my spine issues, making me sit every 30mins on a heating pad to levitate some of the pain.
This disease sucks and the day when everyone takes it as seriously as the ones who suffer from it will be a god send.
Words of Advice for Us: Do all you can to stay positive. Write post its every where for inspiration. Never give up!
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I want to send a special Thank You out to Tabitha for being brave enough to share her personal story, struggle, and victories with us today. You are a beautiful, brave, and strong woman. You are truly an inspiration. It is our hope that you find out what is bothering your spine, causing your back pain, and regain the life you are beginning to lose. Please, keep us posted on your progress. And again, thank you for being brave enough to share! Yours, Lisa.
And if YOU would like to share your story, please let me know. The best part about this disease is the strong network of love and support from our fellow EndoWarriors, and our friends and family, too.