Hi, I am 19 years old and I have finally been referred to a gynaecologist after 18 months with symptoms, but they have gotten so bad that I have had to intermit from uni (should be starting my second year now). The doctors (once they realised I wasn't going away and couldn't be fobbed off) are now convinced its endo.
Here are my symptoms:
-18 months ago periods became more frequent ( every two weeks, sometimes every five days but this varies massively)
-Pelvic pain (including vagina, rectum, particularly my left ovary area)
-Fluctuating appetite, for weeks I want to eat nothing then will suddenly want lots of chocolate and greasy food
-Pain during intercourse or orgasm alone
-Bleeding between periods, bloody discharge
-Referred pain in my legs, back, shoulders occasionally
-Nausea with occasional vomiting
-Extreme fatigue (I think the sleep cycle of a sloth looks pretty good right now)
-Acid reflux/atypical burping after eating just a single biscuit
-Headaches and vertigo
-Alternating upset stomach and extreme constipation (I feel constipated permanently, even if I've been several times that day (TMI?))
-Painful bowel movements
Does this match your experiences with endo? And based on this, if endo is confirmed is it likely that my bowel is affected (either directly or has been fused etc.)? Its just that the NHS is so frustrating, and my mum wants me to see a specialist privately because it has interfered with my studies so much, but I don't want to go to a specialist that isn't experienced in surgery on the bowel as I know it can be a risky procedure if so. Is it likely that I should expect to have endo on the bowel based on my symptoms, or are these normal for people with minimal or mild endometriosis?
Also, I had an ultrasound and no cysts were found, should I accept this? I didn't have a transvaginal ultrasound because they said there was 'no need'.
Thank you for reading, please let me know your thoughts. From the help of this site I am only just coming to realise that it isn't in my head or a teenage mood, and I cannot believe how useful and comforting the info is on here.