I am 33 years old and have always suffered with painful periods since I started them when I was 13 years old. I have been on and off the pill over about 15 years as the last time I was on it I had extreme anxiety to the point I couldn't leave the house. I have also suffered with stomach cramps and constant diarrhea which my doctor said was probably ibs but didn't give me anything for it nor wanted to investigate to see if it actually was ibs. I also started to get intense pain in my lower back which the doctor said was probably from falling down the stairs over 10 years ago. For a few years I gritted my teeth and tried to ignore the back pain and I kinda got used to it until just before Xmas when it became the worst pain have ever felt in my life. I had to phone my mum to get me out of bed and she took one look at me and said she was phoning to get the doctor out to see me. Well they were too busy and was told to phone the nhs helpline who then said I need to go to the hospital drop in. I was in tears and sat for 45 mins until I could be seen and I had to be helped off the chair as i couldn't walk. The nurse asked me a lot of questions about my pain and periods and then said she couldn't really do anything here at the hospital so I needed to go see my doctor asap. She gave my codeine which did ease the pain slightly and sent me home. I couldn't see the doctor till a few days after Xmas and she said she thought I may of damaged my back when I slipped down the stairs over 10 years ago or I have sciatica and she would send me for an mri scan.
Well here I am end of May and I am still waiting for my scan. My period is due in a day or two and my back pain is so bad I can't actually move to get out of bed The pain is in my lower back and starts near my period and ovulation and I feel pressure like something is crushing something and I get a shooting pain down my right bum cheek and down my leg. When I actually do start my period I get cramp in my stomach and feel like something is trying to burst out and my periods are so heavy I can go through a box of tampons in one day and I sometimes throw up. I feel like I am not being listened to and my doctor just thinks I hurt my back from slipping down the stairs. My nurse has told me that my periods sound like what every other woman has and as a woman I just need to put up with it. I am here in tears in bed and I just don't know what to do Does anyone think I could have endometriosis? I am trying to get through to my doctors to see if I am still being sent for an mri as i have had no appointment letter or phone call about it. Can an mri even detect endometriosis? Sorry for the long post I just feel like no one will listen or help me.