I'm new here, just joined and this seems like a great community. I've had really bad periods and cycles in general for years and wanted to know if this sounds like endometriosis to anyone?
I got my period when I was almost 10, but had no troubles with it until around age 14. I started being bedridden every month for the first 3-4 days of my period due to pain. My periods were also really heavy and lasted 7-8 days. Any health changes, like increasing exercise or eating better, would only help for the first month and then the symptoms would return. Over time, my period got a bit lighter and shorter, and eventually was 5-7 days with bleeding that I'd just call heavy. The pain is still there, though.
I'm 20 now and within the last three years, my cycle become more difficult. I get symptoms like a half a month of severe nausea and emotional sensitivity. Starting two weeks before my period, I get bad cramps that get increasingly bad up to the start of my period. They don't feel like ovulation pain; I've read those are felt in your ovaries while this just feels like period pain. Pain killers have not helped for years, and recently I've moved to migraine medicine (which didn't help at first, see the next paragraph).
I started birth control to see if that would help, and the first couple of months it greatly reduced my bleeding and pain. However, now it only keeps my period to a consistent 5 days and helps the pain medicine work. Outside of that, the symptoms are just the same as before. I've tried two different brands, Marvelon (low dose) and Yasmin which I'm currently on. I also started taking multivitamins— no difference.
This has been really frustrating because I can't figure out how to "fix" it. I don't want to come off my BC (which is a financial strain) because maybe if I stay on it long enough, it'll start working (wishful thinking?). I don't feel like eating healthier or exercising more because it always only works in the short-term. And I can't visit a doctor because of reasons.
Does it sound like I have endometriosis?