Persistent pelvic pain: Women suffer in silence amid ignorance and stigma
(Alexandra Alvaro/ Australian Broadcast Corp News) — Each time Kate Mokrzecki presented to doctors with pelvic pain, they put it down to a different condition — appendicitis, a liver infection, intestinal problems.
She was even tested for a heart condition. “There wasn’t much help, really. After they did that test [for heart problems], they just left it there. When it came up negative, my mum assumed it was all OK,” she said.
The 18-year-old endured four years of debilitating abdominal pain before she was finally referred to a gynaecologist.
The gynaecologist booked her in for a laparoscopy — a diagnostic surgical procedure that shows the structures inside the pelvis. Her doctor suspected the cause of her pain was endometriosis, a chronic condition where tissue similar to that found in the lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus.
However, it wasn’t endometriosis either. (…)read full story