Hey...Basically I'm 20 and in my final year at university and struggling more than ever with the pain I get when on my period (and in the build up to it) - I'm essentially trying to look for some answers.
I came on my period first when I was about 12. However the pain didn't get bad until I was about 15/16. I often skip uni because of the pain and feel embarrassed when explaining why as I feel like people just think i'm being dramatic so I don't really talk about it. My doctors have been useless, I've tried 7 different contraceptive pills and I'm now on the implant (this has reduced the heaviness and I have periods less frequently) - however without fail I still always get the crippling monthly pain even if I don't have a physical period. Each time I visit the doctors they prescribe me a new form of painkillers and send me on my way. My parents are really supportive (particularly my mum she suffered with a lot of pain when she was younger and has since had a hysterectomy) and after lots of pushing I have now been referred to a consultant -I'm hoping I can get a bit more feedback this time around. Sometimes I get paranoid that it's just me and that I am being dramatic and that the pain I feel is just the same pain anyone else gets for their period. I often spot and do suffer pain throughout the month - however its worse than ever/more frequent pains around the time I should be coming on my period. I get severe lower back pain -making it painful to walk around and do things. The abdominal/vaginal pain is awful - this may sound crazy but it feels how I imagine a really strong and painful contraction to be. (Hopefully some of you can relate to that???) - even the way the pain comes and goes in waves throughout the day and night. I find that when the pain comes all I can focus on is breathing through that moment and everything else around it stops. This is hard when out and about - you don't want people to think you are being dramatic etc so I find myself trying to conceal the pain with all my power despite just wanting to scream. Consequently I try stay in when I know it's bad because I can't face the humiliation.
I've done lots of reading on research on my symptoms and it appears that Endometriosis may be the closest answer? I just wondered what you guys thought based on what i've written and whether you have any advice?
Thank you for reading this