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Fat-Shaming Doctors Mean People Don’t Get Diagnoses That They Need

https://www.bustle.com/p/fat-shaming-doctors-mean-people-dont-get-diagnoses-that-they-need-18554238Fat-Shaming Doctors Mean People Don’t Get Diagnoses That They Need I stared at the referral in my hand for a bariatric surgeon, dumbfounded. “If you lose some weight, you’ll feel a lot better,” my gynecologist told me. I didn’t doubt that the weight I’d gained after six months of near-continuous steroid use was hard on my body, but that wasn’t why I came to the doctor. I’d come because I was having abdominal pain and pain with intercourse. With my history of surgically diagnosed stage IV endometriosis, hypereosiniphilic syndrome, and lupus, “lose weight” isn’t what I’d expected my gynecologist to tell me, especially after I’d presented him with an MRI diagnosing adenomyosis, a condition where endometrial tissue grows into the uterine wall. It took me approximately 11 more months and four more doctors before I had surgery to treat these issues.