GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Madeline Pain knows endometriosis all too well, and she's no stranger to the pain it causes either.
"Once I actually did start having my periods I remember just laying on the air conditioner trying to get some relief because I felt so lightheaded from the pain," Pain said.
For years Pain assumed there was nothing that could be done. That went on for around 12 years until she learned she had endometriosis.
"It took me 12 years to be diagnosed and have doctor after doctor say the pain isn't that bad, you just need to exercise, that's normal," Pain said. "Blacking out on the floor, not being able to say your own name is not normal."
And her diagnosis meant she could finally look at solutions.
"It was just amazing to be like yes, this was here, this was a thing, you're not crazy, you weren't making this up," she said.
She ended up doing excision surgery in Longmont, and she says it worked: "So far I have been pain-free," Pain said.
This is a series on endometriosis during endometriosis awareness month. Tune into Daybreak the week of March 11 through the 15 to see all of our stories on the condition and those it impacts most.