After years of suffering from heavy periods so bad that it feels like a magnet is pulling me to the floor, pain during intercourse, bloated belly, abnormal smears, pelvic pain, shooting pain in my thighs, constant tiredness I was finally referred to a gynecologist as my GP suspected all of these symptoms could be endometriosis. Before I seen the gynecologist I had an ultrasound which showed a tilted uterus and no sign of my ovaries. Upon seeing the gynecologist for the first time he recommended a laparoscopy but he did manage my expectations to say that he only finds endometriosis in only 8% of people my age (24) that he performs laps on.
I didn't give the lap much thought and as the appointment was only a few weeks away I got on with work etc then before I knew it I was going in. On the day everything seemed very organised and before the surgery the gynecologist explained the procedure but again told me not to get my hopes up that he would find anything.
When I woke up from the surgery I was in agony and couldn't move at all and took whatever pain medication they would give me. At some point during the recovery stage the gynecologist came to see me and because I was so out of it I can't remember exactly what he said except that he didn't find any endometriosis and that there was something wrong with my bowel which may be IBS... Naturally at the time I had no idea what was going on but now after staying in hospital for a full 36 hours with no more information I am more confused then before I started!
I have never had any 'bowel' symptoms relating to endometriosis and similarly I have none of the symptoms of IBS listed on the NHS website but I do have a whole load of endometriosis symptoms plus a family history (4 aunts, 1 cousin on my mother's side) and so I am now exceptionally confused and upset by the whole thing as speaking to my GP and when I went for the ultrasound all signs point to endometriosis yet here I am after a lap apparently with nothing wrong except IBS?!
To be honest I'm really upset as it feels like I have been faking it and even having to tell work etc that they didn't find anything makes them doubt that I'm genuinely ill. Has anyone else experienced anything like this or have any advice of where to go next?
Thanks in advance