I've never posted here before but I have been reading your posts daily since I was told by my doctor that I likely had endo. Last September, after two years of searching for the cause of my severe pelvic pain (don't even get me started on the way doctors continuously ignore/don't take seriously pelvic pain - FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, I KNOW I DON'T JUST HAVE 'REALLY BAD GAS! LISTEN TO ME!'), my gyn found a 10cm endometrioma on my right ovary. I couldn't shake the feeling that inside I held a ticking bomb. I spent months in physical, mental, and emotional agony - a feeling with which I'm sure you're all familiar. I finally had my first lap in the beginning of December - they removed the endometrioma and diagnosed me with stage 4 endo. My surgeon told me she was able to remove it and return my uterus and ovaries to their correct positions. She is optimistic, so I try to be too. And now, as my scars heal and I wait to see what my life post-diagnosis will be like (like, having sex for the first time post lap tonight - AHHH!), I'm grappling more with the anxiety of my reproductive future. More on that another time.
Since so many of you have told your stories and provided helpful tips for endo/laps (and THANK YOU for that!), I thought it was only right that I begin to add my own voice to the choir of strong, brave, compassionate women. I have a few tips based on my experience. I agree that drinking peppermint tea and moving around helps to alleviate gas pain. And, of course, wearing comfy clothes with a loose fit around the middle is imperative! I'd also like to add:
1. If you're taking narcotics for pain, be sure to slowly wean yourself off. I went through a mini withdrawal after only a week of taking them, and it was absolutely horrible. Get yourself off of your meds slowly and thoughtfully so you don't experience withdrawal symptoms.
2. Taking a stool softener and Align (probiotic) can make it easier to go. Even now, I find that the bloating from being blocked up is one of the more painful parts of recovery.
3. Keep someone with you for the first few days to a week of recovery - you'll really need them! I know that I was unable to lean forward off of my couch, get out of my bed on my own, or shower without assistance for several days. I wouldn't have been able to make it through without my supportive fiance, my mother, and my bestie.
4. Use vitamin E oil on your lap scars once they've healed. In my experience, Mederma doesn't work as well.
Thank you, everyone, for your wisdom and openness. I hope to join you in discussing our experiences and helping others. xoxo