So I'm pretty new to this so any help or advice would be really appreciated!
To cut a long story as short as I can, I've had a lot of difficulties in the past with incredibly severe pain, bleeding etc, pretty much since I started my periods. Since then, I've had about 10 years of family, doctors and the like telling me that period pain is "normal" (even though I was barely able to move from the pain, fainting, throwing up etc) and just putting me on the pill and recommending painkillers. It's left me barely able to move from my bed and in agony and I was never able to believe it was normal ...
About half a year ago, and after spending a lot of time pestering people, I got sent to hospital for an ultrasound. After finding fluid in the uterus and that my uterus was retroverted, along with all my other symptoms, my doctor is assuming it is endo and is sending me to see a gynaecologist. I can't even explain the relief that after so long someone has taken me seriously!
So now I'm at the stage where, before diagnosis is confirmed (apparently that's quite difficult), I want to know about what lifestyle/ diet changes I can make to help? I really want to know what I can do to lessen the symptoms if possible (I can't keep missing work etc because I feel in so much pain). What sort of questions should I ask the gynaecologist when I meet them and what should I expect from my first appointment? Also, I'm really concerned about the impact that this has had on my fertility. I really wanted to start trying for a baby in the next couple of years with my other half, and feel so upset about it. I feel like I'm already doomed to fail from finding out about this, even though I haven't been trying yet and also don't even know the full extent of it, so I know that sounds silly. I feel quite let down that it's taken 10 years, in which I could have been aware and done something to at least slightly help
Sorry for the super long essay but I would be SO grateful for any knowledge or help from anybody on here!