Hello everyone, I am looking for some advice please. Back when my periods started age 14 they were always very heavy and painful, I particularly recall getting a lot of pain in my thighs which my Mum always referred to as water retention. I would get so bloated I looked pregnant. I went on contraception early which did help matters. I did still suffer painful cramps and heavy periods occasionally. When I was 17 I had pain in my side and ovarian cysts were found and treated with medication.
I am now 29, I was on the mini pill (Cerelle or Cerazette) for two years up until April. I came off as me and my partner are trying to conceive. In May I developed my first UTI with the only symptoms being awful lower stomach pain and pressure in my stomach/pelvis. I had no burning and was passing a normal amount of urine. It took me a long time to go to the Doctor as I presumed the pain was the return of my menstrual cycle ( I stopped the pill April 29th and got the UTI May 15th) I was treated with antibiotics which helped for the most part but I still had a niggle pain in my left side. My first cycle arrived on May 24th lasing 4 days.
I began having regular 30/29 day cycles after this which lasted 3-4 days each, the left sided pain continued along with some weird bouts of nausea on a morning and at night. I did get bad cramps and had to use a hot water bottle regularly.
At the start of this month (around 5th August) the stomach pain/pressure stated again, I was diagnosed with yet another UTI, same symptoms as last time. However the pain did not subside after the antibiotics, the pressure problem only got worse. I have been to A&E three times in agony. All bloods/urine tests are negative. I had an internal ultrasound which was also negative. The Gynae suggested Endometriosis to me but said there was no link to UTI's. The day after the pain was at its worst my period arrived. This has been my heaviest and most painful so far. I am suffering from bad constipation and the pressure in my bladder is almost unbearable. I feel weakened and quite spaced out. I also feel anxious and cant explain the sensation. At night the pain is keeping me awake for hours, I am up drinking peppermint tea and taking codeine which the hospital provided.
The Gynae said Endo doesn't show on the ultrasound so this could be my problem. Has anyone had a similar experience? Could my contraception have been masking/withholding the problem all this time. The Gynae told me to get pregnant asap, however this is not proving easy, especially since I feel so yucky.
Has anyone got any advice to share? I have ordered Cranberry and D Mannose capsules in the hope that they help. I have upped my water and fruit and veg intake and I am cutting out sugar where possible.
Sorry for rambling, any advice would be greatly appreciated.