Just an update. Diagnosed Oct 2011 with bowel endo without any regular heavy bleeding/any idae of a gynae problem. Just a burn out. Complete utter exhaustion for many years and muscle tension. Until I regulalry started collapsing. honestly felt like I was dying - crushingchest pains and a whole myriad of evolving and hanging symptoms until two other freinds/family members commented on endo/ovarian cysts and their own experiences. Underwent hysterectomy/BSOand cervix removal in March 2012. Now you are not supposed to be do much for 6 weeks after it, but I must have been real sick because I resumed work within 2 weeks and drove after 9 days! I felt on top of the world. Now 3 years on and I was hspitalised last summer twice with pain. Itsnow up in my shoulders, back and groin and getting on my nerves. Hada brilliant gynae whom never even thought all this was endo (dont blame him since I am a Dr of science myself and I literlly had to ask him not to throw me out of his office when I first visited him as my symptoms didnt make any sense!) Nevertheless, he proceeeded to surgery and saved me from what felt like imminent death quite frankly. I am sure judging by the stories on here many will relate to it. Unfortunately he doesnt feel this is endo. I have been patient an let my GP send me doing the illar to post rounds and taking a wait and see approach. Of course despite all this, you get used to such distinct pains. And its tahnks to endo UK that I took encouragement to try a new team this week and just wanted to say how pleased I felt my new appointment went. I tried a research/Uni hospital and being a scientist myself, know they are more interested in ay those of us with things that differ from the norm - thats is if you could ever say endo was norm!! It was at an endo meeting that I watched these guys give e lecture before I was diagnosed in 2011. I am hoping that their stats of a return of bowel endo if is right and that a resection may cure me once and for all. In any case, the fact that I am able to get out of bed every day, work (am now a full-time tutor regulting my hours between pains/pacing myself) makes me feel truly grateful for the surgery I was given at aged 38. I cannot have kids now and it makes me feel sad but honestly I would never have had the energy to even think of it. And when I see my niece and nephew and how much it chews up their own mothers energy I am happy to simply work with kids every day and know after work I can put my feet up. If I rid myself of this disease once and for all and can convince myself I can look after kids alone, I may adopt. Ive never regretted the decision, even if it has returned To have had that feeling of pain dissappearing after 8 years, even if it is now back again, was pure relief. I hope you all find such relief even if it is temporary. Wil keep you all posted as to my progress but it looks like a laparocopy is on the cards again.
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