I've been suffering from varying symptoms for a while now, and I've been treating them as individual health issues. However, recent research I've conducted has made me question whether they are actually independent issues, and I think I could potentially have Endo.
When I was 16 (7 years ago), I had one of my fallopian tubes removed because a cyst 9cm in size had grown on it and made it balloon and swell. The ovary was left alone, so I ovulate from both sides but only have one fallopian tube.
About three years ago, I started suffering from regular UTIs, sometimes occurring multiple times monthly and sometimes only once every few months.
Recently (over the past 6-12 months), my period pains have been excruciating, incapacitating me to the point that I can't walk and I'm in tears with the pain. Ibuprofen seems to take the edge off the pain, but it never quite totally goes away whilst I'm on my period.
I've also been noticing generic pelvic/abdominal pain recently, from sharp stabs of pain to dull, constant throbs. I've also been experiencing period pain even when I'm not on my period, days after I've stopped bleeding, that arches around my lower back and is painful enough to keep me awake at night. I also have pain on the sides of my hips.
I've also noticed that over the past few months I've been experiencing sharp rectal pain that is so uncomfortable that I can't get comfortable no matter what I do. This can last anything from an hour to all day, but it seems to happen occasionally and irregularly.
I'm also experiencing sharp nerve-type pain in the lumbar area of my spine, which is also irregular but often enough for it to cause concern.
My concern is that because I only have one fallopian tube, the egg released by the ovary on the side with no tube is able to travel freely and potentially develop into endometriosis. The fact that this has potentially had 7 years to build up really concerns me, and I'm worried that it could have spread to my bladder, bowel, and possibly even my spine.
Has anybody else experienced similar symptoms? I have an ultrasound scan booked but I'm not quite sure how well ultrasounds pick up on endo. I'm considering going back to the doctor to explain my concerns to him as I omitted many of these symtoms last time I was there because I hadn't considered them to be potentially related. I thought I'd ask others here first to see if I can get some peace of mind.