Tia Mowry lived in pain for years before receiving answers about her endometriosis and she does not want other women – especially women of color – to endure the same.
In a new essay that appeared online about Women's Health and Oprah Magazine Mowry talked about the long and lonely way to make an actual diagnosis for her pain receive.
Mowry struggled with debilitating pain in the mid-1920s and saw several doctors before she was diagnosed with chronic pelvic disease, where the lining of her womb began to grow outside the uterus.
"The diagnosis was not the first time that I had misunderstood something." She writes. "For years, I had extreme pelvic pain and went to several doctors, everyone would wipe me off." These are really bad cramps, some women get them more violent. "" A doctor told her to take heat; another suggested exercise.
But Mowry, who remembers that he had to skip college lessons and was so in pain that she could not drive, knew that this was worse than normal pain. Deep inside, she said, "I always knew that what I felt was more severe than just convulsions … Although several doctors told me not to worry about my symptoms, I knew that was serious. "
Eventually Mowry got an answer. "Finally, at the end of 20, I went to an incredible African-American doctor who immediately knew what I had and explained that endometriosis occurs when the tissue in your uterus grows outward instead."
Over the next few years, Mowry underwent several operations and struggled with infertility (a common complication [19459004 of the disease)] relying heavily on a strong support system and a nutritional change . Mowry explains that she has decided to talk about her experiences because she does not want women to feel alone with color.
Looking back, Mowry says she feels isolated because no one in her community was talking about the problem. "I remembered that although I had an amazing support system, I often felt that something was wrong with me," she writes. "I thought I was alone because no one I personally knew had dealt with it, and then I realized: I've never really seen an African American in public talk about endometriosis or its infertility struggles, and if you did Do not know or see someone who looks like you are talking about what you are going through, you are feeling alone and suffering in silence. "
Mowry believes that raising awareness would enable black women to make a diagnosis and thus obtaining an earlier treatment. "If more of us talked about it, more women might say, 'Hey, I had these symptoms, let me go and get checked out,' she writes. 'There seems to be a gap when compared to other communities It's about talking about healthy living and medicine for African-American women and African-American women. "
She also points to a lack of medical research on the subject." It's very painful and many African American women are often misdiagnosed Because of the lack of research, it is difficult to know how many black women with endometriosis are misdiagnosed, but gives evidence that their symptoms are generally taken less seriously.
"Endometriosis has always been there, but what comes to light now is that it's in health caring for a certain race It may be that women are diagnosed with color, "says Dr. Oluwafunmilola Bada, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Howard University, director of work and delivery at Howard University Hospital and fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Some doctors believe that endometriosis is a white woman's disease Bada. It promotes racial bias in detecting and diagnosing black women. "The symptoms are the same, but the complaints that women of color bring to a vendor are sometimes not taken seriously enough and are not properly diagnosed," she says.
And this unfortunately coincides with trends of racial bias observed in other places in health care.
For example, a study of 222 white medical students and residents who was published in the National Academy of Sciences process from 2016 revealed that many of them were wrong about biological differences between black and white beliefs white people, such as the idea that black people have less sensitive nerve endings or thicker skin than white people. The researchers also found that doctors who advocated these false ideas probably believed that black people are less sensitive to pain and therefore make inaccurate recommendations for treating their pain.
And as you may remember, earlier this year Serena Williams told of her own story in which she endeavored to take her medical concerns seriously during her emergency in the C-section – and so light up] (https://www.self.com/story/serena-williams-class-health- pregnancy- complications) on the fact that black women die more than three times as often as white women at birth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
Above all, We need women to take their experiences of pain and other symptoms seriously. "Endometriosis has no color," Dr. Bada. "It is important for providers to know that the expectation for all women is that when you go to your health care providers, your symptoms and pain are taken seriously and all kinds of diagnoses are maintained."