Zainab Balogun Nwachukwu, the Nigerian actress, has opened up about her struggle with endometriosis, a medical condition.
Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus. The tissue can be found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or the intestines.
The most common symptoms are pain and menstrual irregularities.
On Thursday, Balogun took to her Instagram page to disclose that she has been enduring “excruciating pain” for more than twenty years.
The 32-year-old British-Nigerian film star also revealed that she was already in stage 4 before she was accurately diagnosed.
“This time last year, I was reminded that it was Endometriosis awareness month. After a year I wasn’t ready to share. Stage 4 Endometriosis, they said,” she wrote.
“I took this picture just after I noticed I was losing my hair as a result of treatment. It took a lot not to burst into tears because I love my hair! To see batches of it in my hands stung. It still does but we’re gonna get it back.
“I was really happy to finally have an accurate diagnosis because it meant I finally knew the root of twenty something years of excruciating pain.
“I liken the pain to someone taking a barbed wire to your insides and twisting it continuously for days on end. It’s not mere period cramps, aches or discomfort. It’s a vicious pain!”
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