COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Endometriosis causes just as much emotional pain, as it does physical. Women often don't talk about it because the symptoms usually are not visible or they find it embarrassing.
21-year old Leslie Walker looks perfectly fine. But she is affected by a disease that many people are unfamiliar with.
"Emotions just go crazy. I don't know why me, but definitely now I want to talk and speak out about it and let people know," says Walker.
She has Endometriosis, a condition where a female has irregular periods. The blood flows back up the fallopian tubes and goes into the pelvic cavity and sits there causing a web like structure.
A local Reproductive Endocrinologist & Fertility Specialist, Dr. Prakash Thiruppathi describes the main symptom as severe abdominal pain. Perhaps the biggest emotional pain of all, is the potential of infertility.
Walker says, "Over the years going through this and then being told you might not be able to have kids one day, just takes you some where you never thought you'd have to go."
Walker has gone through a number of treatments including taking birth control pills, estrogen and numerous surgeries. Many patients are willing to try anything, including inducing menopause, since there is no cure for Endometriosis.
Dr. Thiruppathi says, "You are caught between a rock and a hard place what do you do? Is the pain better or the menopausal symptoms. You got to choose sometimes."
Walker wants to form a local support group and raise awareness about Endometriosis. If you'd like to get in touch with her please email her at email@example.com.