Hello everyone, I am new here and looking to learn more about endometriosis which I was diagnosed with in January 2014. My endo was discovered by chance when I had a miscarriage - the doctors believed I was having an ectopic pregnancy as they could see a mass on my ovary, after an emergency operation which I believed they were removing my Fallopian tube and ovary I came round to be told nothing accept there was no ectopic pregnancy just a 'normal' miscarriage. Thankfully a kind nurse sat with me and asked if I had been given info on endometriosis, the doctor hadn't mentioned anything to me and the nurse explained the mass was a build up of endometriosis and gave me some info about it.
I have since had another baby and suffered from postnatal depression (I have with all 3 of my children) I am now recovered but I have noticed in the past 6/7 months a change in my mood which I am now wondering if it's connected to my endo?
I have always had very heavy periods, they've always been extremely painful, if I don't have strong painkillers they are unbearable, and I feel as though I could pass out. I have the shakes, hot sweats and an upset stomach. The pain spreads down my thighs & buttocks and up my back - I thought all this was normal period pain until I read up on endometriosis! My periods haven't really affected my mood in the past, not to any great extent. However in the past 6/7 months my mood has been all over the place. I never suffered depression until I had my first child, but now I feel as though two weeks of the month I feel ok but the other two I spiral down into how I felt when I had depression and struggle with my mood. Can endometriosis affect you in this way? Could this be what it is? It seems to be about 10 days before I am due on, and lasts for about 7-14 days. Then I feel ok for the next two weeks - I am also noticing pelvis pain throughout the month, especially around ovulation, these are all symptoms which I never really suffered from previously but now seem to be getting worse each month.
I am due to see a doctor in two weeks as I'm now noticing pain and changes with my breasts I am not sure if this is another connection to endometriosis but thought I should be sure and get it checked, I am going to mention this all to her then but wanted to hear from others who are going through this for any advice and info
Thank you for reading & for anything you can share xx