Hi there - sorry in advance this is going to be all babble
I feel really silly posting in here, I've not been diagnosed with endometriosis I've not even been to the GP to suggest it as I've only really realised today that i fit almost every single symptom of endo.
I'm only 19 (nearly 20) my periods started when I was 10 and within a year they were extremely heavy (i would bleed for 9 days solid every day heavy) and painful but I put this down to normal period pains as obviously i had nothing to compare it to and everyone I spoke to, friends etc, told me it was normal. I was rarely able to use tampons as I found them to be very painful to insert and uncomfortable but I was told this was because I was still a virgin so it was an 'unknown sensation' to me.
I was diagnosed with IBS when I was 13 after a number of blood tests came back clear but had no further investigations to rule out anything else. I have awful fluctuations in my bowels very painful. None of the normal IBS drugs or medications have helped with me and I've never been able to identify a particular food that makes it worse.
I should probably tell you at this point that I have been on the DEPO contraceptive injection for about 4 years now which has stopped my periods completely but I still get twinges of pain that feel like period pain every now and again.
Since losing my virginity, which was extremely painful and took 3 attempts as I was in so much pain, I have experienced severe pain every time I have sex. I am very lucky that I have been with my current boyfriend for 2 years and he is very understanding and gentle with me. I can't even describe the pain its just awful and lasts for about 10minutes at the beginning of intercourse and even then doesn't really go away fully but then I'm almost always in pain afterwards. I have been fully screened for STDs and am completely clear so I know this isn't the cause.
I have pain in my lower back, hips and knees (which I know is often referred pain originating from the hips). I'm at university studying to become a nurse which makes it seem even stupider that I'm posting in here for help. Stress makes all my symptoms, including my IBS 10000x worse but I can't avoid that I've got a lot of shit going on at home and the stress of being away at university. The past few years I've felt tired all the time and increasingly low in mood. I feel that I'm letting my boyfriend down as I'm always reluctant to have sex as I'm scared of the pain and I don't feel like a 'normal' teenager.
Have any of you on here had similar experiences?
I'm probably being really stupid but it seems that I fit a lot of the symptoms and wanted to know if any of you could give me any advice on whether this sounds like endo or what I should do about it. I'm reluctant to go to the GP if all they'll do is say its my IBS and that i'm already on the depo which is used as hormonal treatment for endo. Just feeling so low and emotional about it all any help or advice is greatly appreciated