Hi I'm new to this forum and new to the discovery of endometriosis. My story goes like this (sorry it's quite long).
I have always had painful periods from I first took my period at 12 years old. I would have bad cramping and pain in my lower back and down my legs while at school I would regularly take days off when it was that time of month. I even remember going to my family GP when I was 15 and being so understanding as he was told me that the pain would subside once I had children! I plodded along taking pain killers and battling severe moods on various birth control pills and none of them really helping period pain. After the birth of my 1st child at 28 my periods became heavier I went on the pill again but the side effects were horrendous my periods were lighter but the moods were awful and my memory was woeful so much so I forgot to take the pill and fell pregnant with my 2nd child. He was born by elective c section I had suffered a 3rd degree tear after 1st child and as it was only 2 years since her birth I couldn't take the risk of tearing again. I didn't want to go back on the pill a's my moods were so bad so I got the merina coil put in. Initially I thought it was great minimal bleeding with very little pain but after 6 months it became unbearable. I was bleeding every day, granted it wasn't heavy, so my husband and I made the decision for him to get a vasectomy. When I was getting the coil removed the doctor remarked how retroverted my uterus was and had quiet a struggle to get the coil out.
Since the removal of this and not being on any birth control for almost 10 years now my periods are getting more painful month on month, I have been having horrendous pain towards my bowel and sides when ovulating even walking hurts when I'm like this. Period pain is in back and down my right side predominantly. Sex is extremely painful during ovuLatin and uncomfortable at all other times. I was admitted to hospital a few months back with suspected appendicitis but turned out I had a large functional cyst on my right ovary which blead into itself. I've been back to gyne 2 times since this but all scan are showing nothing more than functional cysts. I am scheduled for a laparoscopy towards the end of the month to see what is causing the pain. I have been telling the doctors all along that my period pain is normal now I'm questioning what is normal. I don't miss work because of it I just take loads of painkillers that sometimes don't work. I am so exhausted every month and for 3 weeks out of 4 I am awful to live with I know myself when the mist has descended I just want to be alone and have no one talk to me.
I've read up on endo and some of the things I can related to but others not so much so. I'm wondering does anyone else have a similar history and if so what was the outcome. Many thanks.