Ellen F (pseudonym) fro Florida: Endometriosis, ovraian cyst, adenomyosis, hysterectomy, chronic pelvic pain, lower back pain, bladder pain, adhesions

I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis back in the late 1990s through emergency surgery for a ruptured ovarian cyst. When I underwent surgery, the surgeons tried to remove as much of the endometriosis as possible. However, due to the severity of my disease, they were not able to remove all of the lesions and, regrettably, the pain returned with a vengeance.

In 2011, I found out I had another cyst on the verge of rupture, so I had another surgery to try and treat the cyst. This time, the doctors found adenomyosis and that endometriosis was covering my reproductive organs so severely that the surgeons had to perform a total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral oophorectomy.

Although I wasn't thrilled with the fact that I had been thrown into instant menopause, I at least held out hope that by removing all of my female organs the pelvic pain would be a thing of the past. After about a year post-op however, I started having pelvic pain again, in addition to lower back pain and the appearance of urinary bladder pain. After several consultations, the doctors felt that I may be suffering from adhesions as a result of the surgeries.

This past autumn, I decided to travel to Central America to study Spanish with native speakers for several months. However, I was worried about the trip and the duration of the five hour classes each day because I find that if I sit for long periods of time, the pelvic, bladder, and lower back pain becomes intolerable. I came across the PainShield prior to my travels on the internet and, with my doctor's blessing, I decided to give it a try.

I carried my device in my carry on bag through security and customs with no problems. I used it every afternoon after my classes to keep the pain from becoming debilitating. It really helped me to either keep the pain to a minor ache or to keep the pain from bothering me at all. Also, it helped me to reduce my use of ibuprofen on the trip, as I don't like to take too much pain medication. Without the PainShield, I probably couldn't have made the trip or I would have had to cut my trip short. Gracias KevMed and the PainShield! (1/5/13)

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