I'm fairly new to Endo UK but I've done a bit of research to try and answer my question online but I'm struggling to find much out there - I wondered if there is anyone out there who can help me.
A bit about my endo experience: I struggled with severe period pain - burning feeling inside my womb, short sharp shock pains, terrible bloating - from around 14 and at 25 (I'm now 28) I finally had an ultrasound which showed a cyst that was twisting my ovary around. I was given prostap immediately (which was an awful experience as I struggled with horrendous mood swings) and I had my surgery a month later. They found little patches of endo spread all over but managed to remove these patches and free up my ovary. They also ran a dye test through and it seemed to run through ok - everything seemed to go well and I didn't lose an ovary which they thought could happen. My surgeon then advised me to take Yasmin until I decided to have a baby - which is not for a couple more years for me. I made this very clear to him. I so desperately want to have a child one day - whether I can conceive or not.
Since taking Yasmin and having my surgery 3 years ago I've had the worst few years emotionally - not so much from the pain which is amazing as I couldn't imagine not taking any pain relief - pre surgery I was taking far too much to just get through the day...
It's the anxiety, it's taking over my life slowly. It started with mild symtoms but now I have severe phobias (I can't get on the tube or an aeroplane and driving is probably the worst - I just don't do it anymore) and a constant feeling of fear, having panic attacks. It's holding me back and I'm so worried it's taking over my life. I've been prescribed medication to help with the physical anxiety symptoms (shaking, heart racing) and I'm going to see a therapist but last night it occurred to me, this all started a few months after I started taking Yasmin. Nothing else in my life has changed - Is it possible the pill could be exaggerating my symtoms?
If it's possible, Is there any other way to deal with endo other than the pill? I did switch to a Pill that might help me with my low moods and anxiety for 6 months but I felt some light pain return and went straight back to Yasmin - the pain is so mild and it has not got any worse.
Thanks for reading this and any advice is really appreciated x