Hi all, I have had suspicions for some time that I have endometriosis, and am just wondering how important it is to get a confirmation / diagnosis?
My symptoms are: Heavy bleeding (I am 39, and my periods started at 15, and were so heavy I had to change sanitary towels every hour and stay off school. This did reduce after a few years, but apart from when on contraception, they are still much heavier than 'normal'), irregular periods, and the most recent symptom, which just started about 15 months ago, intense lower pelvic pain in the week running up to my period, just after a bowel movement.
I also suffer from other health conditions which may or may not be linked (IBS, and chronic pain / chronic mypfascial pain, general fatigue).
I have done a little research in to the treatments available, and I am not keen on any of the drug therapies. I mentioned my concerns to my GP a few times, and she just said to keep an on the symptoms, and can refer me to a gyno if things persist / worsen. With all my other ongoing health issues, I have just left it at that, but I do worry, that there are implications of leaving it untreated, and possibly there is a link between endo and chronic pain conditions...?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!