Hey everyone - feel abit nervous writing here as I haven't actually been to the Gynecologist yet.
I will try give you a brief history of my issues - if anyone has had the same please please could you let me know as non of my friends/family have any issues and end up feeling really alone and lost.
Basically I started my periods really young about 12, I had really heavy periods from the start lasting around 7-10 days, I would bleed through tampons, pads and my clothes after half an hour and I would be in so much pain that I sometimes couldn't go to school. This led me going on the pill at age 13 to help control it.
From age 13-16 I was fine on the pill, then I had the implant inserted. I didn't have a period then for 2 years, then one day my stomach swelled up and my period started for 3 months, very heavy and my stomach was so so bloated uncomfortable. They replaced the implant with another one about a month into the bleeding, this obviously did nothing. They then made me take the pill for 3 months before they would remove the second implant!! Double the hormones made me crazy and gain a lot of weight!!
After about 6months on this pill, the month long heavy periods started again - back to Drs i went and got put on another pill - this happened on repeat until last March - where after 13 pills in total - they finally took me off!!!!
I had a ruptured ovarian cyst in 2012 which led me to have internal/external/kidney scans and I ended up going to the gynaecologist but before they removed it it had gone. Iv also had these same scans a few other times where I have had cysts show up.
I ended up in a&e in 2014 with insanely heavy bleeding as they thought I had the same symptoms of a miscarriage - I wasn't.
Since coming off the pill in March the first few months seemed to go okay - it arrives on time lasted 6 days and was much lighter and less painful then I was used to. Then September came around and everything changed again!!!
From night before my period is due - like clockwork I start feeling very bloated and uncomfortable, which leads to me being awake from 1am pacing the house in pain, hot water bottle and tablets, laying in the bath for hours unable to sleep. My bloating is insane, I cant empty my bowels and I cant stand the pressure on my stomach if I drink, and I feel too nauseous to eat! However the bleeding is a lot lot lot less then ever before with most of it being blood clots. The first month I though I must just have another cyst so didnt do anything about it - but the next month it was still there so rang to book in for Drs - I couldnt get in until December!!! Novembers period came and I was so poorly I ended up in A&E after 5 hours and no help I left with codeine, this has helped make the pain more manageable - but still cant concentrate enough at work. When I finally got to the Drs she booked me in for all the scans at hospital again. I had another period in this time - same thing again!!!
The hospital scans were 2 weeks ago so I had Drs Monday to discuss results. No cysts were found on my ovaries but one on my kidneys - not sure if this is related. This is when the Dr expressed her worry that I might have endometriosis and is referring me to the gynaecologist.
After so many years of problems I just want an answer. I know its going to be weeks before I get an appointment but my period is due again this week and Im literally dreading it - even with a cupboard full of codeine!
I know everyone's is different but if you had similar problems please could you respond?
Also if anyone has any advice with what questions for the Gyno that would be so so appreciated.
Thank you for your help/advice/support in advance!