Hi guys, I'm new here but felt the need to sign up for somewhere to chat. I'm Kate, 26 years old and I've just been diagnosed with Endometriosis.
Where do I begin? When I was 19 I went on the pill, which didn't agree with me followed by the injection which again didn't agree with me. I stopped contraception when my relationship broke down and whilst I'd have painful periods, I didn't have the side effects as I had with both types contraception.
3 years later and I began the cerazette pill (April 2014) I guess just to be safe which caused me no end of trouble - 14+ days bleeding, abdominal pains, weight gain, loss of hair etc. I stopped the pill but the pain remained as did the erratic bleeding. Eventually I was sent for an ultrasound which came back clear and I had numerous blood/urine tests at this time too. They advised it was PID for which I took numerous anti-biotics but the pain remained.
During this time I've had quite a bit of time off work and I was often left feeling like a hypochondriac because I wasn't getting diagnosed and I felt no one really understood what I was going through. I became extremely low, would suffer from panic attacks and I'd become a shadow of my former self. I've been on beta blockers for almost a year now. I've been put on a waiting list for therapy.
I ended up going private because my first gynaecologist was dismissive and said the coil would be an option (it's been in for 6 months) and my second gynaecologist told me I had IBS. Thankfully, the consultant I met with privately sympathised and believed it could be endometriosis- which I had suspected for quite some time. I had my laparoscopy 2 days ago and they found it and have now recommended hormone therapy. I should feel some sort of relief but I fear my issues are going to continue.
Does anyone else feel like this causes depression and anxiety? I don't want to go out, can't imagine meeting anyone and starting a relationship and I feel like my life is on hold
Sorry for the long post!