So I've been to a specialist gyne that has a good knowledge of endometriosis, and she seems pretty convinced that I have it.
I've had a few milder symptoms for well over a year - irregular and heavy periods (every 5 days at one point), painful bowel movements, constipation, nausea/vomiting randomly, painful sex, fatigue and period pain outside of my period.
However, its only been roughly the last three months that I've developed about 15 more symptoms inc. mucus in stool (sorry tmi!); pelvic pain almost every day (including in my vagina); back pain; leg pain that feels like sciatica (a gnawing sensation like severe growing pains & difficulty walking due to weakness/knee pain that sends shocks up my thigh and down to my toes), tenderness all over abdomen and more.
I know that all my symptoms may be due to endometriosis, but from what I can tell the leg pain would suggest endo aggravating my sciatic nerve, and maybe endo in my POD for the bowel symptoms. Is it possible for endo to have suddenly became much worse in the space of a few months? Or should I be considering something else? I'm waiting for a laparoscopy, but I'm now wondering if I should consider other avenues - I just can't find anything on how fast the symptoms of endo can progress.
I've had to intermit from university for a year, because I couldn't hope to keep up with the work expected at Cambridge (really is a ridiculous workload haha), and its reaching the point that I cannot walk enough to leave the house.
Please could you maybe share your story and if your symptoms have suddenly jumped like this? Or if you know of something else that I should maybe consider. Any help is appreciated, I'm getting really desperate and my normal GP basically shrugs every time I go to him
Thank you for reading this, and I would love to hear your thoughts. This site is immensely helpful, and I trust people who have experience of endo in their knowledge more than my GP who seems to think endo is just painful periods!