I'LL START FROM THE BEGINNING:
I'm 21 and I've been noticing the majority of my symptoms for the past year and a half. They include pelvic pain, hip pain, back pain, painful bowel movements, painful periods, heavy & clotted periods, nausea, fever, pain during and after sex, fatigue and depression. I started my periods quite early and I've always known them to be heavy and more painful than I thought was normal. It's been really difficult to complete the last year of university and it's also a big strain on my relationship (although my boyfriend is really understanding). I had been googling my symptoms before I went to the doctor and when I read Endometriosis, it just all sounded like it made sense. So first things first, I went to the GP and they did a physical exam (which was excruciatingly painful), took some swabs and also made me do a urine sample. The swabs all came back clear, so I was then sent for an ultrasound scan, which showed nothing. I went back to the GP and explained that I was still having pain. She gave me mefanamic acid tablets which did nothing, and since then I've been taking the pill back to back for about a year, which has stopped my periods. I was referred to the gynaecologist, who I saw on the 31st May. They tried to do another physical exam and again it was agony. They decided to put me on the waiting list for a diagnostic laparoscopy to try and find out what was causing me pelvic pain and pain during intercourse. They explained to me there and then that as it was only diagnostic, they wouldn't remove anything if they found it (which is annoying). I had the laparoscopy on 19th July and I'm pretty much fully recovered now, but I've had no information since. They didn't tell me anything there and then, and they didn't arrange a follow-up appointment, but they said I'd have a written summary through the mail, explaining whether they found anything or not and what the next step would be. It's been over 2 weeks now and I've still had no letter. It's driving me mad, every time the postman comes, I jump up to see what's come through the letterbox and then cry when it isn't my results. I understand that the consultants must be very busy but they must know what it's like not knowing what's happened. The worst part about the whole thing is feeling like it's all in my head, and knowing that people probably think there's nothing wrong with me and I'm making it up, for attention or something.
Anyway, I just wanted to share my story so far and get information from the rest of you ladies about your journeys and stuff. How long did it take you to get your lap results? Did you get a diagnosis after your first lap or did you need a few? How helpful were the doctors? etc etc
I'm new to the site so helloooo everyone, pleased to meet you all