I posted a question a few weeks ago but it was just after those Guardian articles on endo, and there were a lot more people posting than usual, so I didn't get any replies and I thought I'd try again
I was just wondering how long after a lap I should wait before getting concerned about remaining symptoms. I had the operation in mid-August, so about two months ago now. It was done at a BCGE centre with an accredited specialist, and he removed minimal endo from my ovaries and uterosacral ligament, then a bigger patch from an Allen Masters window in my Pouch of Douglas. I'm still not sure if he excised or ablated it though (I'm not even 100% sure what an Allen Masters window is, despite Google's best efforts!), I was a bit too dopey after surgery to ask sensible questions and the surgeon didn't give out much information - he didn't even tell me he'd removed endo from my POD, I found that out from the letter he sent my GP! He also didn't give me a follow up appointment, just said to come back if the pain returned. He was a bit dismissive about the whole thing really, and I've been a bit wary of asking for a follow up.
Anyway, now I have a diagnosis that I feel quite wobbly about, some remaining symptoms, and no real clue about what to do with this information. In terms of symptoms, I was having pretty severe IBS and bladder problems, and my GP has prescribed me amitriptyline to help with those, which has done wonders. Apparently my endo was close to/irritating some nerves related to my bladder and bowels, so it makes sense that amitriptyline has calmed that down, as it works on nerve problems. However, I'm still getting the sort of pain I associate with the Pouch of Douglas endo, a bit before, during and after my period. That was the pain that sent me to the doctor in the first place because it's incapacitating and really quite scary when it's bad. My two periods post-op have been quite heavy and moderately painful (in terms of it's a level of pain I can just about still function with), but I'm not sure whether I can expect that to improve as the internal healing continues and settles down, or if I should be worried that *that* pain is still there, and maybe the surgeon missed something.
This probably doesn't make much sense because I'm quite tired today (stressful week at uni, I've just started an MSc and the workload is really heavy), sorry. It's possible I'm worrying about nothing just because this is all quite new to me and I'm still kind of emotional from getting the diagnosis. I'd really appreciate anyone's thoughts though.