Hi I'm Cat I'm 29 & I'm new to the site!! Think it's an amazing site & very supportive!! I was diagnosed with endo just last year after a laparoscopy!! I had an ongoing problem with lower left sided abdo pain it wasn't really cyclical sometimes I would have it constantly for 2-3 months!!! My GP in London was disgraceful & originally being from Ireland I went home & paid privately for a consultation with a gynaecologist who thought endo was the likely cause of my pain!!! I then had a laparoscopy & treatment for endo!! Since then it's been a long & horrendous journey!! Was supposed to start prostap injections but my GP in London wouldn't prescribe them & put me on the pill microgynon which didn' work!! Even though I had confirmed endo she wouldn't even refer me to gynaecology in London!! In the end up I ended up in A&E at the hospital I work in with severe abdo pain & a UTI & managed to get them to refer me to gynae as I was in so much distress about the situation!! I've since changed GP & my current GP is amazingly supportive!! I've been on cerazette for 6 months which hasn't eased my symptoms at all & I am now trying the mirena coil!! It's only been 3 weeks with the coil but I think I'm going to get removed as I already can't find the strings & the pain is worse on the coil than it's ever been!!! I too find its ruining my relationships & wrecking my career!! Ive just started in ICU & want to specialise but I'm struggling with being on my feet all day with increased pain & lower back pain!!! & the fatigue is horrendous I take terrible afternoon slumps I'm currently on antidepressants & have gained so much weight I'm struggling to get it off because I'm so exhausted I struggle to exercise & sometimes in too much pain to exercise!!! Some days I can't even manage to take the dog out for a walk!!! I feel like I've been living in hell for the past few years!! I'm now at a crossroad as to whether to take a career break & move home & try to get myself sorted as best I can or just keep struggling on!!! Either way I've spent too long in this dark tunnel & I have just decided I am going fight this as best I can endo has taken over my life for too long & I want it back!!!!!!
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