Hi, I've had 2 laps, days 2 and 3 are the worst. It takes about 2 weeks to recover.
I had lap 1 end of June 2013 after severe pain and lack of periods. I had a scan and a cyst was found on my left ovary it was 9cm diam. In fact it had engulfed my ovary. I was lucky to keep the ovary. There was no follow up!
You get to know your body and gut feeling
At the beginning of this year the pain was back, again a visit to the gp, referred for a scan and back to the gynae.
It was said before I had an endometrical cyst but nothing more.
I went for 2 scans before seeing the gynae. 1st - cyst where last one was and another on the right ovary. 2nd scan The right one had collapsed but the left was bigger at 5 cm.
I attended my gynae apt and was advised to treat the pain by taking laxatives for 10 weeks !- movical - hilarious. Of course it didn't help just made the stools loose and unpredictable - just what every girl wants! I entered the movical for 3 weeks and stopped taking it - I had had enough.
I cut out carbs, majorly pasta, bread and pastry. It was extremely hard to do but helped the bowels.
I returned to the gynae and was given option of another scan or another lap. I said I had had enough and just get it out.
The results weren't what I expected - confirmation of having endometriosis. It has turned from a cyst and a gentle pat on the arm, slight disbelief from docs that it was actually nothing to a declaration of me having stage 4 endo!!!
I have to go back in 4 weeks for a follow up, I have to have a bigger op and see a specialist. My consultant has hit that wall of realisation that there is actually something wrong. I have endo nodules throughout my pelvic area. On my bowels, vaginal wall, behind my womb and on my ovaries. They are hoping this bigger op will be held at my usual hospital if they can't cater for it, it'll have to be at another one, I don't know when or where.
It's a mix of emotions, upset it has come this far and what does the future hold and another of relief that I'm being taken seriously, it has been confirmed and something is going to be done about it.
I'm taking it week by week. I'm currently planning our wedding for next year and we're buying a family home. I'm hoping to be able to have a family, don't know if I can or can't we'll deal with that as it comes.
My last laparoscopy was last week - 16 September 2014
Anyone else had this experience or stage 4?