I have been having severe period pain since my early teens and Im now 32. Ive long suspected endo but I have always been fobbed of by doctors, basically told ive got painful periods and I need to get on with it. 2 years ago i had ultra scans and nothing was picked up (which as far as I can work out is generally the case), and the doctor refused to look in to my pain any further. What was suggested was that I take the combined pill back to back for three months at a times, therefore reducing the number of periods I have as a means of pain management. While I have been doing this and therefore I've had less periods the pain when i do have periods has steadily got worse.
Therefore this year I went back to the doctor and pushed for further investigations. This led to a laproscopy about three weeks ago. I think I copletely underestimated this procedure and was shocked by the pain I was in (more so the shoulder pain). Following the op I was not provided with any information about what they had found and had to wait three weeks for my follow up. For what ever reason (I think mainly as I had no bleeding) I had in my head that they had not found anything or had to remove anything. I was back at work within 5 days, something that I now regret as think i pushed myself too hard.
Anyway I had my follow up on Friday and got shocked with the news that I have severe endo. Although I was not given a grade/level etc, and I doesn't sounds as severe as what I had read on here. No talk of things being stuck together etc. However I wasnt really given much information at my follow up regarding what had been found or where. My different treatment options were also not discussed. I was basically told the only option was reversible menopause, and he would write to my Gp to start treatment. The thought of it, and the side effects really scares me. I realise I wasn't really in the frame of mind to ask the right questions but Im upset that I dont feel i was given enough information. Im now not sure what I should be doing or how to get another appt with the specialist (it was Nhs but outsourced to private).
Ive read that the combined pill appears to be as successful as the menopause option, which is basically what ive been doing. Very very confused. Any advice would be great!!!!
Sorry for the long message and thank you to anyone who takes the time to read it