Hi guys. I've only come on here to tell you that there is hope. I've had painful heavy periods since I started at 11 yrs old. Each month I was crippled with pain, sickness, weakness. I was literally bed bound for at least 2-3 days and the rest I forced myself to get out of bed and have a life. I was in and out of the doctors with all sorts of painkillers but nothing helped. At 26yrs old a gynaecologist tried to check inside and caused me so much pain and was so horrible to me because I couldn't let her continue that I never went back. The pain got worse to the point I was in pain a week before I was due on and periods that lasted 13 days and only had about a week of no pain. This continued until I got married at 29yrs. We tried to have kids but nothing happened and the pain got worse and lasted longer. Couple of years after we went for our first IVF but were unsuccessful and my symptoms were excruciatingly worse after. I made the specialist book me in for a lap to try and help but he checked and said I had cysts on my ovaries but the endometriosis was too bad to touch. I was put on zoladex for a few months before trying a second IVF which was unsuccessful and again my symptoms after were much worse. We tried IVF a third time, after a different consultant decided to do a lap and remove one of my tubes which had folded over and got stuck. Again no luck. And my pain was worse. After the end of this I spent the following months in so much pain I was on every painkiller. Paracetamol, ibuprofen, dihydrocodeine , amitriptyline and morphine and buscopan and sickness tablets.Nothing helped. I was in pain everyday now. Barely slept. Spent half the day writhing on the floor crying. Nobody could help. By this time I had asked to go back on zoladex to stop everything but was told I'd have to wait a few months for a consultant appointment and that a hysterectomy was my only real option. I very nearly swallowed a whole bottle of morphine because I wanted it to end. My husband took me to a private consultant who in one consultation told me exactly what was wrong. I had severe endometriosis covering most of the pelvic organs, with a large nodule in the rectovaginal area, the bowels were stuck to the uterus, I had ovarian cysts and fibroids. I was told I would need a hysterectomy and open surgery to remove the endometriosis and possible removal of my lower bowel with the risk of having a temporary/permanent bag. As you can understand I was devastated but was wiling to go ahead. Later that day my husband suggested we get a second opinion. We found Mr A K Trehan on the internet by pure chance, booked an appointment and I can honestly say he was a godsend. I had two operations involving laparoscopic radical excision of the endometriosis and ovarian suspension and 2yrs on I have all my insides intact. Recovery time after each was only a few weeks and now I hardly even know when I am due on. This month I've not even needed paracetamol. I feel like a new person. Yes I've had to spend a lot of money to get here but it was worth it. I've only gone into this much detail to let you know that no one ever mentioned this option to me otherwise I would have had this done years ago and maybe had a better chance of getting pregnant and not had to go through so much pain for so many years . Other women in my situation have gone on to become pregnant so I still have hope. I just wish that GP's and consultants would be more honest about what our options are. I hope this post helps even just one person to get to where I am now. X
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