This is my first post on here, but I have been reading posts with interest as I'm trying to figure out if I have the condition or not. I am just back from another frustrating visit to the doctors. I have been having ongoing issues for 2 years. My main symptoms are
Severe lower back pain through cycle but worse during period and ovulation
Heavy but regular periods
Cramping after sex
I am 40 and have 2 children that were concieved easily. Pre children I was on the pill for many years but before this I always had awful periods, really heavy with nausea and leg pain.
I have adult acne which is a lot worse before my period and I also have fibrocystic breast disease which I have read often goes alongside endo. So I know I have some kind of hormonal imbalance. I also suffer with anxiety and I feel like I'm stuck in a vicious cycle of pain and stress which are making each other worse.
I have been referred to gynaecologist who did a vaginal and abdominal ultrasound and told me there was nothing unusual just some small unremarkable cysts. I was prescribed mefanamic acid and buscopan and sent on my way. The buscopan did not help and the mefanamic acid helps with the pain but makes me really drowsy so I rarely take it.
I went back to the doctor and she advised I try the pill, as I am 40 she gave me cerazette (progesterone only) I think this helped a bit for a while but the pain soon returned. I also bled every day on it so stopped after 3 months.
They then gave me amitriptyline to try but this also did not help with the pain just made me drowsy and gave me palpitations!
This time I have been given the pill rigevidon, although not recommended for women over 40 she said it would be ok as I don't smoke, am not overweight and don't have high bp.
The dr has agreed that it could be endo but has said that having a laparoscopy is invasive and can cause lesions itself so would not recommend it. I feel like I'm being fobbed off and am a bit scared to try the rigevidon due to my age and some horror stories I have read about mood swings etc.
I feel like the pain is unbearable most days and it is affecting my relationships with my children and husband as I'm so mardy all the time due to the pain. I don't know what to do, should I ask for a second opinion or give the rigevidon a go? Any advice appreciated x