Hello. I'm new to this site, and to the prospect of being diagnosed with endometriosis. I'm waiting for a laparoscopy to finalise the diagnosis but my Gyane says it must be endo.
I think really I've been experiencing my symptoms for longer than I can remember, but in the last few years that I've tried to seek help from numerous GPs, I've been diagnosed with various ailments from a stomach ulcer, IBS, trapped wind, to depression, anxiety, PCOS and 'that's just how this is for you.'
For me, the worst symptom is the mood swings. The crushing bouts of depression that make you question your every day life, and just what the hell you are doing. I just assumed I have been having a quarter life crisis for the last few years, but after a fortnight or so of feeling like that (coinciding of course with my period, which can be between every 5-12 weeks) I am 'back to my old self' again and am frustrated that I have felt that way, often lashing out at peers and friends.
I have been a nurse now for seven years. I love my job, but it is horrendously stressful. A couple of years ago I tried for a career change in an office environment, convinced that being somewhere less stressful would help me. Unfortunately my symptoms were unchanged, and I ended up feeling disillusioned about my new job, not having the same satisfaction from it that I gleaned from nursing. So I returned. But again, I am caught in a vicious cycle of feeling rubbish physically and mentally, whilst trying to keep it together for a job.
I am an advocate for natural health and natural remedies and would like to try some first before pursuing any medicinal treatments. I exercise regularly, though this makes the pain worse. I eat a relatively balanced diet, but I've yet to find anything to help the symptoms. Hot baths too.
Does anybody have any other suggestions that they've tried and have worked for them? I'm open to suggestion.