For most patients, a single trip to the emergency room provides them with relief from their symptoms and answers to their medical questions. However, for 20-year-old Sinead Smythe from Brighton, England, the journey was much, much longer.
In fact, Smythe found herself in the ER on over 200 occasions after experiencing excruciating pain that sometimes left her doubled over and barely able to move. And the majority of those visits left doctors unable to provide her with a diagnosis. But at the beginning of 2016, she finally got her long-delayed answer.
After all, Smythe’s battle for better health began at just 11 years of age. That was when she began her monthly cycle of anguish, according to her blog. “I was such a young girl going through unbearable pain,” she wrote. “I couldn’t even put into words the pain I’d feel.”