A woman who suffered six miscarriages has revealed she was later diagnosed with endometriosis after suffering excruciating abdominal pain.
Keira Rumble, 29, who is from the New South Wales Central Coast and runs health food business Krumbled Foods said she wants to raise awareness about the condition.
‘If a doctor says that there’s not something wrong with you, that’s not always the case … you know your body better than anyone else does,’ Ms Rumble told 7 News.
Keira Rumble (pictured), 29, who is from the New South Wales Central Coast and runs health food business Krumbled Foods said she wants to raise awareness about the condition
Ms Rumble encouraged other women who may be in the same position to talk to others whether that be friends, family or even strangers with the condition
WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Endometriosis occurs when cells in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body.
Each month, these cells react in the same way as those in the womb; building up, breaking down and bleeding. Yet, the blood has no way to escape the body.
Symptoms include pain, heavy periods and fatigue, as well as a higher risk of infertility, and bowel and bladder problems.
Its cause is unknown but may be genetic, related to problems with the immune system or exposure to chemicals.
Treatment focuses on pain relief and improving quality of life, which may include surgery or hormone treatment.
Source: Endometriosis UK
Ms Rumble, who has about 400,000 Instagram followers, began documenting her health journey and said she has found support among other women with similar experiences.
She had suffered the miscarriages over three years from 2016 but in January 2019 Ms Rumble had a heterotopic pregnancy.
The condition is rare and involves a dual pregnancy with one pregnancies being ectopic – or in an abnormal place.
‘I kept going to the hospital once we found out we were pregnant because I had this sharp, left-hand side pain and (the doctors) kept dismissing me saying they don’t know… it’s nothing,’ Rumble said. ‘
There was something in my gut that just kept on saying, ‘No, there’s something actually wrong with you’,’ she said.
Then, four weeks later, internal bleeding was discovered in Ms Rumble’s stomach and she was rushed to hospital for life-saving surgery.
She was left with chronic pain that doctors again dismissed – this time as being adhesion pain from the operation.
However, after 18 months the pain had not improved and was accompanied by extreme swelling in her abdomen.
After another surgery, doctors made the shock discovery of endometriosis everywhere, Ms Rumble said, including on her bowel, uterus, and ovaries.
The painful condition is something Ms Rumble has learned to live with.
She said she found comfort in the ‘huge community’ of other women out there who also have the condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterine wall.
She encouraged other women who may be in the same position to talk to others whether that be friends, family or even strangers with the condition.
Ms Rumble, who has about 400,000 Instagram followers, began documenting her health journey and said she has found support among other women with similar experiences
Source: Daily Mail AU