Day off today and have woken up in pain on day 19 of my cycle! I don't like to take painkillers too much throughout month as need them relentlessly on day 1&2 of my period but I've succumbed today, and hot water bottle is a must. I was seen by a consultant privately a couple of months ago who said I have endo, but I've had to back to NHS for a referral for laparoscopy as can't afford it privately. Frustrating as she could have done it the following week! I was unsure about the lap but I think I need to know how bad it is before I go down the hormone treatment route. I try to remain positive and I'm sure I don't have it as bad as a lot of people on here but period pain has to be one of the most gnawing pains ever! I'm 43 and the last couple of years I've been back and forth with IBS symptoms, even had a colonoscopy that was clear. If it turns out I have endo very severly I shall be quite peeved as I pretty much had to diagnose myself before getting a referral! Just wanted to rant a bit as its v difficult to explain how rubbish this condition can make you feel to those who don't have it. So thank you for listening and wishing you all a positive day x
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