Hi, I am 36 have had suspected endometriosis for years. While I was waiting for my first laparoscopy. I was anxious and read lots of posts on this site to try and get reassurance. I messaged a lovely girl who really helped me to feel less anxious and was honest about her experiences. It helped so much to know what to expect so I wanted to post incase it helps someone else.
I arrived at hospital at 7.30 am, they let my Husband stay with me until it was time to go in. While I was waiting I saw the consultant, anaesthetist, a nurse and a health care assistant. They took my obs, explained everything that would happen and gave me time to ask questions. My main concern was having a general anaesthetic, it really was no where near as bad as I expected.
I was called in at 9.am, I walked to the anaesthetist room, they checked my details, I lay on the bed, there were 2 people, one put the cannula in my hand which I hardly felt, the other put blood pressure cuff on, pulse and heart monitors. They put an oxygen mask near my face, I am allergic to a lot of things, while they were double checking what my allergies were (to distract me!) I had gone to sleep, the next thing I knew I was waking up and asking the time, it was 10.20am. I couldn't believe it, apart from a bit of blurred vision that lasted a few mins I was fully alert, no grogginess, no nausea, only thing was a hideous shoulder pain from gas but I told the nurse and she quickly gave me some pain relief that worked very fast.
I left recovery after 25 mins, got back the the ward where they gave me water, a cup of tea and biscuits. My Husband was with me 10 mins after I returned to ward. My tummy was sore and I was bleeding a bit but the pain wasn't even 10% of what I experience with periods. The lovely consultant came to see me but I was desperate for a wee so he waited to talk to me. No one rushed me and I felt I could ask anything, the downside of the entire thing is the consultant says I am riddled with endometriosis, most of my insides are stuck together and there was not much he could do as its so wide spread. He has been doing the job for 30 years and was quite shocked at the state I was in. He will meet with his colleagues, arrange for me to see an endometriosis specialist and formulate a care plan for me. He doubts very much that hormone treatment will help me. So although it's disappointing to not be treated, I am glad that the consultant could see I need more specialist care and is helping me with this. He hopes to see me in 2 weeks. I must add none of this was a surprise to me, in fact it would have surprised me if they said it wasn't so bad!
On the upside I had more tea and biscuits, I was well enough to go home at 1.20pm. I am still wide awake and it's nearly 7pm. I am lying in bed reading magazines and typing this, my tummy is sore, my shoulders are sensitive. Nothing is anywhere near as bad as I expected. I am just extremely stiff so hard to get up without help. Hopefully it will continue this way tomorrow.
I do hope this post can reassure someone, it really wasn't too bad, I've had worse days just having a period. My symptoms were, extremely heavy periods since I was about 13, painful periods which are worse than labour pains, huge clots, often bigger than eggs, ovulation pains, stabbing pains, pain when needing a poo when on period, fatigue, I have been trying for a baby for 3 years with no luck. Luckily I did have 2 children in my early 20s so just being greedy! The main reason I got referred was that I bled constantly for 10 months.
My thoughts are with you all about to go though this, I hope your experiences are as good as mine. All of the staff I came into contact with were so lovely and understanding.