Ellie Chandler, from Pennsylvania in the United States, thought she was suffering from a simple back pain. Unfortunately, the truth was far more terrifying.

Her back pain dates back to December 2019. At the time, Ellie Chandler had just given birth to twins. She consults several doctors but is advised to take painkillers and buy a pregnancy pillow. Doctors are sure she is in pain because of her poor posture. The young mother then decides to see an orthopedist who prescribes an x-ray. Still no results. Until the day when his gynecologist detects a lump in him weeks later. After a series of tests, the 25-year-old was diagnosed with a rare 14 centimeter tumor located at the base of her spine.

“When I had my pelvic exam she couldn’t because she felt there was something inside. She gave me a digital rectal exam and said she felt I had an ultrasound the same day and a CT scan the next day and they found my tumor,” Ellie told the New York Post. And to add: “The pain was so excruciating that I could not sleep or sit up. Some days, I cried at the wheel of my car because I was in so much pain.” After a week in the hospital, the mother of two learns that her tumor, located in her tailbone and lower spine, is not cancerous.

“Back pain is so minimized when it should be taken seriously”

Since her diagnosis, Ellie has been undergoing intensive treatment. In addition to wearing a catheter, the young woman receives monthly injections to reduce the size of her tumor in the hope of removing it during surgery. The mother, who had to quit her job because she can no longer drive, is very frustrated that health professionals missed her illness: “I went through all the stages of bereavement. At the beginning, I I was furious and then scared. Back pain is so minimized that it should be taken seriously, especially if it affects your daily life.” The pretty brunette, who confides with an open heart on TikTok, hopes that her story will raise the awareness of as many people as possible.


Lara T.
Lara T.

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