Hi I was just wondering if anyone had any advice for my situation!
Ever since I started my periods I have had horrific pain with them. I generally feel ill for the majority of the month - either feeling extremely sick/ really tired or having cramps. My periods are irregular and my cycle can last between 31 - 47 days. The day I start my period is when all of my symptoms kick in and I get - Extremely painful periods (I feel like somebody is stabbing me repeatedly!!), diarrhoea, I am physically sick, my legs go numb then get a really weird pain in them (this continues back and forth), I get a headache, I feel really faint and have come close to passing out a few times, I get a really bad fever etc etc! This all happens at once and it goes on for hours until my symptoms start to become manageable at which point I am completely exhausted and have to go to bed.
My main "problem" is I do not get these periods every month - there can be a phase of a month or two where I get which I assume to be a "normal" period - it is still painful with the cramps but it is manageable with pain killers.
I have been bounced between my GP and the hospital for nearly two years now. The gyno at the hospital gave me this injection that temporarily put me through menopause for 3 months to see if I still had the same symptoms or not. Without my period I felt relatively fine - the odd occasion I felt sick or had mild cramps but it was a god send to what I usually go through. I went back to the hospital after the 3 month period and explained this to a different doctor to who I saw before and they said because I had experienced no symptoms that I was fine and it is just a case of me having bad periods and to come back in another 3 months to see what happened. I was a little upset at this as they didnt run any tests or anything and they were telling me I was fine - reading up on the injection they gave me it was actually something they use to treat endometriosis so I was a little upset that this was completely ruled out as it could be a possibility the injection actually treated my symptoms? Anyway since then I had the most horrific period I have ever had and then two "easier" ones. I recently went back to the hospital where a different doctor ( I am assuming a more sr doctor) saw me and after my mum expressed concerns about endo and ovarian cysts ( my auntie has had a lot of problems with ovarian cysts) the doctor said " I will do you a lap if you want" but there is a risk to your liver, kidneys, fertility etc. I am almost 21 so I found the idea of this so frightening!
As my periods are hit and miss as to whether they have all the side effects or not it actually makes me feel pretty crazy! Being told by the doctors that its just bad periods and to forget about it really makes me question myself! Like when my periods are "ok" I feel like I have imagined the bad periods or something and that I must be ok but then I get an absolutely awful one where I am literally crippled in pain which makes me think there must definitely be something wrong! I am so confused as to what to do as I do not want to have a lap and it waste everyone's time if they dont find anything wrong! But I also don't want to leave it and battle through the bad periods if there is something wrong and it is making my insides all messed up and I just leave it!
I wondered if anyone had any similar experiences to mine? Or if you would avoid having a lap? Any advice would be brilliant! Thankyou so much xx