This is my first post although I've been following the forum for a few months now. I'm 21 and have been suffering from symptoms since I was 14 - chronic stomach/pelvic pain, bowel problems, painful periods and lately I've developed back pain and painful sex. I'm in the middle of the worst flare up I've ever had and have been off work for three weeks.
My levels of exhaustion are ridiculous, I've hardly left the house and all I seem to be able to do is eat and sleep. No matter how much I tell myself I'll get dressed or go out for a while, I can't do it. Is it just me? How long can I expect this flare to last?
I haven't been officially diagnosed yet but my GP suspects endo as I've had these problems since my periods started and all bowel investigations came back clear. I've been referred to a gynae but NHS is taking so long that I've booked a private consultation next week. I've been put on the continuous pill but if anything it's made it worse, I'm covered in patches of eczema and my face is so spotty. Not sure if it's the extra hormones or just because I'm sick.
Feeling really depressed, run down and ugly and not sure how to get out of the state I'm in. Luckily my boss is so understanding (female) and isn't pressuring me, but I still feel guilty. In my head I'm usually active and happy and I enjoy my job, but my body is letting me down.
Sorry for the long post but I needed to vent and I'd really appreciate any suggestions for eczema and pain relief, nothing seems to be working. Hopefully the gynae can help and do a lap to finally sort this after 8 years of being fobbed off!