Hi everyone! So this might be a bit long winded and complicated!
I'm 22 years old, started my periods at 11 years of age and from the get go I had heavy heavy bleeding, painful trapped wind, constipation during my period and cramps. As I got older all of those problems persisted and increased in severity.
I've got a full history of GP's 'trying' to solve these issues, I've also been on and off multiple different types of pill. About five different types of the 'ordinary' pill and three different types of the 'POP' pill. Unfortunately I'm unable to continue trying different 'ordinary' pills as they can cause strokes (no other explanation for you there as GP decided that was all I needed to know) and my GP also decided that the other 'POP' pills wouldn't work for me.
When I made it absolutely clear I wasn't going to walk away without any other form of advise or assistance I was offered the Depo Provera injection as my GP believed my body could do with a rest... brilliant, a sort of solution!
I'd been having the injection for three years no problems when due to family history of osteoporosis I needed to have a DEXA bone density scan as the Depo can reduce bone density. Unfortunately I have a significantly low bone density for my age in two of my vertebra and my hips 'aren't positive news', currently awaiting more details as they got my first scan wrong! So the advise was given to come off the Depo and be given a Mirena. Anything to help my bones right? So, so wrong. Worst decision I have made. Horrendous pain during fitting and I was virtually paralysed with pain for the rest of that day and unwell for the two days following. I endured 6 weeks of bleeding and excruciating pain on the advise it would all settle down which wasn't expected as they also decided that I would be given one last Depo injection on the day of the Mirena fitting to allow my body time to adjust.
After about 5 and a half months of increasingly painful cramps, terrible mood swings and significant hair loss my body finally had enough. I was extremely poorly! I was vomiting from the pain in my pelvic area, couldn't keep liquid or solids down, constipated. GP took swabs and the results came back totally clear. My entire pelvic area was inflamed inside and out with no explanation why so I was put on some anti inflammatory tablets which also happened to make me vomit and make me even more constipated. Eventually after three days I told my GP to remove the Mirena and give me a Depo injection at the same time even though my bits and bobs were still inflamed. The relief was almost immediate. I had finished and kept down an entire meal and pint of water within two hours of having it removed.
I decided to go back and speak to my GP about everything. She openly admitted that she believes I have endometriosis and that all of my symptoms described match up. She also happened to openly admit that she could send me for an ultrasound scan but it wouldn't confirm anything and as I wasn't trying for a baby nor had I tried for a year or more previously that she wouldn't refer me for a laparoscamy (?) because it's too expensive. She told me to go back if I was still getting cramps with the Depo as it wasn't right and that was that.
I walked out of that appointment completely dazed and confused, not really realising how relaxed and unconcerned she was about my health and future.
I'm now totally confused as to what I do!? Has anyone had similar problems? How did you proceed? Shall I just wait until I'm trying for a baby in the not near future and see? Shall I push or tests?
I'd appreciate any guidance, advise... anything!
Thank you! X
ps. I'd also like to thank you for reading the essay I seem to of written!