I've posted previously about my periods, and the symptoms I have that seem to indicate endometriosis. I was referred to a gynaecologist last February, however my appointment was somehow disrupted and I ended up just going for an ultrasound where they found I had a retroverted uterus and they also said my womb lining was 'too thick'.
Shortly after that I moved to Scotland from England, and had to transfer doctors etc. My doctor in England told me to get another referral with my new doctor. When I moved I got a job in a supermarket and waited for my doctor transfer to go through, which took way longer than I expected. Right now I have only just got my referral to the gynaecologist at the hospital up here, and it could take longer than 12 weeks, I don't have a date yet.
My problem is that I have excruciating pain and my periods are all over the place, I sometimes feel physically unable to go to work and due to that I have had days off. I'm not off all the time, I mostly just dose up on solpadol and mefenamic acid and brave it, but the pain seems to be getting worse and worse as time goes on. My periods have never been regular, but lately I can bleed for 3 months at a time, have a 5 day break and then a period for another month.
I had 3 days off work in the past month due to this and phoned in sick the other day to be told by my manager to expect a disciplinary when I get back, that I will have to have a meeting with other managers and a written warning. He also said I could have a witness? I had 2 days off at the end of last year also.
I like my job, I've never been in this position before and I feel really bad about it, I only take days off when I physically can't walk due to the pain and have to stay in the foetal position most of the day.
I was just looking for advice on what to tell my managers when I have a meeting. I just feel like if I say I have bad periods they won't understand at all - I did mention to my manager I had been referred to the hospital but he didn't seem to really care so I'm not sure how to phrase it?
Any help, advice or similar experiences would really help me, thank you!