Hi. I'm new here so apologies for the long post!
I'm 35 years old. 7 years ago I stopped taking the combined pill and around that time I had some pre-cancerous cells removed from my cervix (LLETZ treatment). Since then I've had various symptoms, which I'm now wondering is because I stopped taking the pill (and consequently symptoms of endometriosis started to show) rather than the treatment to my cervix.
I had already made a GP appointment which is in a few weeks (that was the earliest I could get to see a GP who seems thorough) to discuss fatigue which has been going on for a couple of years (I had put this down to a stressful job but it hasn't improved after changing jobs) and also to discuss pains in my sides, lower abdomen and thighs. After googling my symptoms (I'm a paediatric nurse and always discourage patients/parents from googling but then did it myself)!! I'm now wondering if I have endometriosis.
Over these 7 years I have been seen several times due to abnormal bleeding, I've been diagnosed with: a cervical ectropian (I now wonder if this is actually an area of endometriosis), a ruptured ovarian cyst found on ultrasound (again I wonder if this was endometriosis), dysfunctional uterine bleeding, rectal bleeding (no haemorrhoids or fissures were found). In addition, I have clots when I menstruate, occasionally pain in my right side during intercourse, bleeding during intercourse (usually in the week before a period) and as mentioned already, menstrual pains which radiate down my thighs, pain in my sides, thighs and lower abdomen in the week before a period.
I would have thought that one of the professionals at some point would have picked up on all my symptoms and made the link if it is endometriosis, but after all the reading I've done over the last few days I do strongly suspect this is what's going on! I will write everything down ready for my appointment so I dont forget anything. I'm feeling so anxious about it all. I know I may be jumping the gun and there could be other medical problems going on other than endometriosis.
I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice, suggestions, words of wisdom please ready for my appointment?