im 28 years old and im a professional snowboarder….but I also have PCO and deep infiltrating Endo. So I get periods every 6-11 weeks, but pain pretty much 80/90% of the time (has anyone got both of these???)
Im new to all this and I feel quite alone and just need some people to talk to that understand. This seemed like a good community, so here I am! Here is my story..
I have had problems with my periods since I was 13. Went to the doctors sooo many times but just told I would grow out of it, or it was my diet, or it was because I was sporty, or to go on the pill (cant take hormones really, it makes me feel quite bad!)
So I just gave up in the end and carried on with painkillers. I got into snowboarding and ended up going professional and travelling and competing all over the world. Its been amazing, snowboarding is what makes me happy, its my life! But I struggled with the pain so much, but would jut take codeine and carry on( not ideal when your snowboarding really!). Its hard on your body with all the training, high risk, impacts, travelling etc. But feel like im quite tough and just held it together (barely sometimes) and just carried on and ignored everything!
Then 2 years ago the pain started to get even worse. I finally started to get answers and got diagnosed with PCO. The Doc said it would be hard to conceive and that I shouldn't wait too long. I felt like I wasn't ready to give up snowboarding but couldn't just "do nothing" knowing that information. So my fiance (now husband!) and I decided to not use any protection and just see what would happen. carry on snowboarding and "un-officially" try for a baby!
2 years later and im not pregnant! In the last 2 years the pain has got so bad. So I went back to the doctors in May and finally got a diagnostic lap at the beginning of September. They found deep infiltrating end on my POD and US ligaments and used excision to cut it off. No wonder I had been in so much pain! It had probably been there for years!
The gynaecologist has now recommended I go on Clomid to try to make me ovulate. she said it was 70% chance of conceiving on this (has anyone taken this? is it ok?). My post op isnt until December, which seems ages away to ask all my questions, I have so many questions!
So now we have big decisions to make. I LOVE snowboarding sooooo much, im lost without it. And with the winter Olympics this season it would be my dream to give that a shot. But I don't want to miss out having a family, I would be devastated if I couldn't. Having kids is forever, snowboarding is just for now! I obviously cant do both, snowboard and try for a baby!
If the endo was cut out will this mean I have more time? How much time? or will it grow back somewhere else? Do I need to start officially trying now? or can I do one more season snowboarding??have I got time? Will I be out of pain? have more energy?
To be honest, not sure if I would physically be able to manage to snowboard right now. im so exhausted and still in lots of pain 1 month after the surgery- even more than before (is this normal?) I am supposed to have training in Austria end of Oct and then 2 competitions in November, Im worried now this is too close to my operation. I went back to work 1 week after the op, and have been struggling big time. 9 hours on my feet a day, 5 days a week and I can barely cope with that, don't know whats wrong with me. So worried the Endo has finally beaten me Feels like my life as I know it and love is slipping away from me
I just don't know what to do, I have no-one to talk to that knows how it feels. I can talk to my friends and husband, but don't think they understand as they don't have it!
Im sorry this is so long, hope there is someone out there that understands and I can talk to