I am a 34 year old woman who has had medical problems on and off for 20 years. I started my periods when i was about 13 and were a little uncomfortable but manageable. When i was about 14 whenever i exerted myself through physical activity when i had my periods i always became very ill, very weary often causing an episode of vomiting which in turn meant that my GP sign me off my PE lessons at school for approx a year. In the years between 15 to 16 i was hit with a terrible bout of depression which has stayed with me until approx 7 months ago (fingers crossed this remains the case for many more years to come) When i hit the age of 17 till now i have suffered with a terrible back ache going to the GPs about 50 times to get help, medication, acupuncture, ultrasound therapy only to be told when i was approx 22 it was all in my head and caused by my depression When i was 22 i gave birth to my first child after 3 years of trying to conceive and was lucky enough to fall pregnant 3 more times naturally (even though i was on the patch!) I have had 3 C-sections and on my last one was sterilized. In between have children i have 2 marina coils fitted, one fell out after 30 days and one in-bedded into the wall of my womb having to surgically removed. In 2009 after my last child i began to have very very periods which were very painful. When i had my period it would feel like my C-section scar was anchored on to my hip bone and would pull when i moved, coughed, sneezed, picked up anything heavy, rolled over in bed and would leave me in agony as it felt like a knife was stabbing me inside. In 2011 i had a surgery to laser the lining of my womb to relieve the heavy bleeding and it was a great success. BUT the one thing that has never left me is the pain. I spend at least half of the year in pain and when i asked the doctor about it he said just manage it with pain relief and come back if it gets too bad.....so as a mother and wife, after being told that i make up pain due to my depression, i have trooped on for 5 years of pain ....AND it was only when i rang out of my pain relief without noticing and needed to see a doctor to get some more yesterday...not being able to see anyone in my practice for 2 weeks..and going to the emergency doctors last night that Endometriosis for the first time was mentioned to me after talking through my history with a locum (he is writing to my GPs to request a referral back to the hospital with a view to have a camera thought the tummy button)....I spent all last night reading up about this condition and i seem to tick so many boxes, could this be what i have? Have i really suffered for 20 years without any real care taken to put two and two together? Could i have spent many years without all this suffering rather thinking i was making up this pain due to ill mental health? ...........Please tell me your experiences and guide me to what i can expect for the future...i am just so confused at the moment Much love to all xx
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