I have been reading this morning a couple of things that have arrived in my newsfeed on Facebook via the Endometriosis Association of Ireland and I wanted to share a particular link they posted this morning for anyone who, like myself, has in the past been told by a GYN that you should consider Zolodex, followed by a total hysterectomy, and HRT... but specifically hysterectomy, in particular, as a "treatment" for endo.
I was diagnosed an had my left ovary removed in one of two surgeries back on 2007, and last year I refused this course of treatment recommended me by a gyne consultant, who hardly even looked at me in the 15 minutes I was in her office, for completely uneducated reasons just because I didn't feel right about the suggestion that a hysterectomy would do anything for the pains I was feeling all over my abdomen, even high up near my kidneys, and the casual recommendation that I use HRT until my 50s (I'm just 40 last November). This is my life, and my health. I am not going to let doctors who don't feel like spending time with me investigating my particular case to gamble my future away just because this is what they have learned to recommend. Screw that.
If you are worried about whether or not hysterectomy is the answer, this is a good bit of knowledge: mjwcooper.com.au/patient-in...
Regarding the immunological aspects of endo that are being explored in endo research, Lindle, who has contributed invaluable information to this forum, has posted very interesting information regarding the immune and endocrine system's role in endo.
I highly recommend, if you haven't read Lindle's posts, do. healthunlocked.com/lindle?r...
Endo sisters, I can't express how important it is that as an endo patient, especially in the minefield of the NHS (coming from me, that's an extremely reserved assessment of our healthcare system!), get all the knowledge you can get your hands on. Learn everything you can, question EVERYTHING the doctors say to you (it's your body, it's your right), and don't just accept the first recommendation you get unless, of course, you feel absolutely right about it.
It may take longer to get to the right answer for you if you have find a consultant you trust and you get a plan you're happy to follow, but it will save you so much hardship later if you be strong and do that hard work now. And you have to, because unfortunately in this damned healthcare system you are your only advocate. Always, ALWAYS, know you have every right to ask questions and refuse treatments offered, and its your right under the NHS's own guidelines to CHOOSE what you want.
Be strong, and be well. You're not alone. xx