My name’s Claudia. I’m 29 from Perth, Western Australia and run the Instagram account @me_myself_and_endometriosis. I’ve been diagnosed with Endometriosis, Adenomyosis and Fibromyalgia. To put it bluntly, Endo ravaged my life.
My chronic health issues showed up a few months before my period did. I was 11 and the symptoms that first sent me to the doctors were intense abdominal pain, extreme bloating, nausea, diarrhoea, rectal bleeding and losing blood with bowel movements.
After months of testing, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. My period showed up a little while after the diagnosis, accompanied by severe cramping, heavy and irregular bleeding and pelvic pain.