Hello ladies, I'm new to this forum business, and just looking for some advice and a chat with people who have first-hand experiences. I'm not even sure if I actually have endo, but the condition was mentioned as a possibility by my GP and consultant recently.
Has anybody here ever had their endo symptoms confused with IBS by medical professionals? I was diagnosed with IBS 4 years ago, and since then my symptoms have continued to get steadily worse. No traditional IBS medication seems to relieve my symptoms and I've tried excluding all the problem food groups to no avail. Plus, my IBS symptoms go crazy around the time of my period.
Early last year my GP finally picked up on my gyne symptoms too - I've always suffered from painful, long, heavy, clotty periods, and they've been getting worse since I was diagnosed with IBS, with lots of spotting and missed periods. After a blood test I was diagnosed with some ovarian cysts. Then after several referrals the consultants I saw said I 'could have endo' and have put me on the pill to help my periods. I've been feeling slightly better whilst on the pill too, less bloating and more energy (although constantly bleeding on the mini-pill, argh!).
Given a checklist of 'typical' endo symptoms I have them all, except one - the pain I experience is relatively mild (I think) in comparison to what a lot of you ladies describe here. I know endo differs from person to person, but is it possible to have endo with only mild pain? Don't get me wrong, when I have my period I have HEINOUS cramps, but the rest of the time I only get mild cramping/back/leg pain, which is annoying and draining at times but it doesn't sound as bad as what some of you others describe.
My GP just shrugs his shoulders when I ask him if it's IBS or endo.
Another question I have is, is there anything you can do for episodes of tiredness? The last time I had my period I was so wiped out I couldn't stand up for 2 days. I asked my GP but all he said was "oh, poor you".