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A woman has revealed she left a tampon in for two years, saying she thought she had Lyme disease until she finally saw a gynaecologist.
‘When I accidentally left a tampon for two years, but I was literally just a teenager,” the Just for Tonight author wrote in the onscreen caption.
“Not my proudest moment,” she added in the caption.
Melanie Galease, 22, from Massachusetts, revealed in a now-viral TikTok video that she accidentally left a tampon inside for two years when she was a teenager
The short clip has garnered more than 16.2 million views and 28,000 comments since it was posted on December 8.
Many TikTok users were puzzled by her confession and wondered how she did not get toxic shock syndrome (TSS), an extremely dangerous bacterial infection.
“YOU SHOULD BE CHANGING THEM EVERY 2 HOURS NOT EVERY 2 YEARS,” one person commented, while another asked: “How did you not get toxic shock.”
Galeaz shared the full story in a follow-up video, admitting that she spent years thinking her gynecological problems were related to Lyme disease.
“When I was little, I was bitten by a deer tick and had all the symptoms of Lyme disease,” she explained. “But the tests were kind of confusing, whether I had it or not.”
Galeaz explained in a follow-up video that she spent years thinking her gynecological problems were related to Lyme disease because she was bitten by a deer tick as a child
Galeaz said doctors gave her medication to treat her symptoms and she was “fine” until her sophomore year in high school.
“I started getting all these pains in my body, and some really terrible things were happening down south,” she recalled. “I went to the doctor, but I didn’t really mention the problems going on down south, which I know is my fault.
“But the doctor was really not paying attention to me and was acting mean.” It was really awkward. I was about 14 and it was really gross and embarrassing so I just didn’t want to deal with it,” she continued.
“I was just hoping that maybe it was something related to the Lyme disease and that I could just ignore it with the medication and it would go away.”
Galeaz said the medication she was given helped with the pain, but there was no improvement in her gynecological symptoms.
Galeaz said she started experiencing pain and “problems going south” at the age of 14, but was embarrassed and never disclosed all her symptoms to her doctor
Galeaz ignored the symptoms for two more years until she finally went to see a gynecologist. She remembered how the doctor gasped after finding the tampon stuck in her
‘When I get stressed about something, I ignore it so I don’t have to deal with it until it’s gone,” she explained. ‘[That] never works, especially in this case.’
Two years later, she was last in college and still struggling. This time she decided to go to a gynecologist.
She added that there was a period when she had a total of three tampons in her as a teenager
“She opens me up, looks at me, and gasps,” she recalls. “I’m like, ‘Well, that’s not what you want to hear.'” You don’t want to hear someone gasp when they look at you.
“And then she says, ‘You have a tampon stuck horizontally under your cervix.’ And I’m like, ‘What? What did you just say?’
“Let’s just say it hurt to take it out because it was dissolving into me so it kept falling apart and it was such an unpleasant experience.”
Galeaz noted that the gynecologist did not believe her when she said the tampon had been inside her for two years.
“She said, ‘That hasn’t stuck with you for two years.'” I’m like, ‘Well, I’ve had these issues for two years, so I don’t know what to tell you,'” she explained.
“Not believing me is fair. Honestly, I have no evidence. Me and the tampon have since split up,” she continued. “All the aches and pains in my body were not Lyme disease. I don’t even think I have Lyme disease…
Many TikTok users were puzzled by her confession and wondered how she didn’t get toxic shock syndrome (TSS), an extremely dangerous bacterial infection.
“The doctors think I have some kind of infection in my body from the tampon, which makes sense. It was just my body’s reaction.
“For everyone asking about the smell… I [come] from a family that would absolutely destroy me for the smell if it smelled. It’s not, she insisted.
“Sometimes it smelled really bad and I was really sad thinking I smelled like that naturally, so I came up with ways to mask it and it really worked.”
If the story wasn’t shocking enough, she shared that there was a period when she had a total of three tampons in her as a teenager.
“In that two-year period, I took one out and another one came out with it, and I have no idea that one was in return,” she said. “So I had one in me for two years, one in me for an unknown amount of time, and one in me for about eight hours.
“That’s the story.” Please be nice to me. It was stupid, but I’m sensitive. Don’t be mean,” she pleaded at the end of the video.
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