This is my first ever post...
I'm off work with endo pain and its something I suffer with a fair bit but not as bad a some. I have been to the doctors and discussed options many times, done research and decided unless my symptoms get much worse I won't have surgery. Normally I can just about mange with painkillers and the odd day in bed when I have my period. I suffer with pain, and bowel issues mostly and have around 5-10 days off work sick a year (for all illness not just endo) and I always have.
I was very honest with my new company (7 months in now) when I joined as my last company started to get funny with me about my sick leave after being there quite a few years and getting another illness last year which has thankfully gone. This lead to me leaving last year because I was not treated well.
This is one of the reasons I have chosen not to have surgery as it would mean around two weeks off work and is not always a long term solution. It feels as though people even friends and family don't seem to understand endo is something I live with and cope with, there is no cure and even surgery is no quick fix. I think there is a general lack of understanding as to how dibhlitating it can be and I'm a little sick of explaining myself over and over again.
I suffer with anxiety generally and see a councellor for this but when I am off sick I worry a lot about work and struggle being alone all day. Today I called my best friend and mum and both expressed concern over me being off work again and suggested I go back to the doctor to get even stronger or different pain relief (as if i had not thought of that!!!).
I just wish someone would be wise enough to realise that health and love are the most important things in life. I'm actually hugely focused on my career and have a very good proffesional job but when I am ill I simply can not cope to think about it. I'm genuinely only taking days off when I really am unable to work and do often work in some pain. It is hurtful and unhelpful for them to say this and only fires my anxieties. I wonder if I had another chronic disease if they would say these things.