I'm a 32 year old lady, who thanks the heavens for her two boys, especially now I know how unlikely it was for me to conceive them! After a year of life threatening kidney infections and other complications, eventually I was diagnosed with endometriosis five years ago via laparoscopy and had laser surgery to remove adhesions at the same time. My gynae was more a fertility gynae than anything else, and after the op told me there were some bits on my bowel he didn't remove as they were too tricky but not to worry too much about it. I then moved house, my GP (only now confesses) lost my medical records and so thus no follow up and I fell out of the system. I was pretty new and naive to it all at the time though and didn't really take on board how serious endo is.
I was fine for the first couple of years. Then slowly symptoms started to return. although initially I didn't link them to endo. Urine infections, gastritis, manic depression the week before my period, chronic fatigue, low immunity and every cough and cold going, and horrendous period pain. It was October last year my new gp suggested the endo had returned. And then things went violently down hill. I couldn't work and was having crippling pain even mid cycle. The drugs went from ibuprofen to codeine to tramadol and then I have spent the last three months on morphine.
I eventually had my 2nd laparoscopy last week and I haven't been able to get out of bed since. My entire abdomen was smothered in it and every single organ too. So my insides have had a good messing with. He also diagnosed Adenomyosis.
I can't take artificial hormones as they give me a plethora of nasty side effects. And I can't have the mirena coil as I had a copper one fitted some time ago and my body expelled it. My gynae said this only really leaves hysterectomy as a treatment option. However, he wants to try me on zoladex for six months first. I really don't like the idea of it. Not one bit. I've done a good amount of research on it, which is what brought me to Health Unlocked. It seems like such an evil, toxic drug with horrific side effects.
What treatments have you ladies tried? Or had recommended? Or have you had zoladex? And did it help you?
Thanks so much for your help.