I'm 40 years old, my severe abdominal and rectal pain started approximately 6 months ago during the first 2 days of my period. I've had internals and ultrasound results come back clear so returned to my GP this morning to hear my symptoms link in with Endometriosis. GP was great and has referred me for a laparoscopy for potential diagnosis and suggested NHS Choices for research which I did, but felt still somewhat lacking in information so I joined the Endometriosis online community support group and did some reading.
I am terrified at the prospect of the laparoscopy and it's recovery time! I have a 5 year old child, an active job on living wage and lead a very active life. At no point was I told the laparoscopy would be invasive and require upto 2 weeks off work and 6 weeks with no intense exercise. Nor that leaving the symptoms untreated is unwise.
Can anybody offer any alternative options or just perhaps some reassurances please? I'm literally scared stiff right now and feeling quite lost in it all.