This is my first post on here and I'm pretty new to the whole thing really. I'm 17 and in my last year of A-Levels (so getting rid of the pain is kinda urgent so I can sit my exams!). I've been in constant pain since January, with excruciating pain when I'm on my periods. I have always had really horrible heavy periods with pain causing me to be bedridden, so my Doctor has put me on the pill so my periods have stopped but because I've not been on it for that long, I still get worse pains when my body "thinks" I should be having a period.
I have been to my GP countless times and been diagnosed with a bunch of things before he asked me to move to a female GP who's been a lot more supportive, she referred me to a gynaecologist which had a 3 month waiting list (I've now only 17 days to wait) however the pain got so bad my dad took me to the A&E a few weeks ago and I managed to get an emergency gynaecologist appointment. I have also had two scans, one that showed a cyst, but they said it was just a normal cyst and on the second scan it had gone, thankfully they couldn't see anything else, but that still doesn't help me with the pain!
The gynaecologist said that because of my age it's unlikely to be endo (she said that endo was caused by retrograde menstruation and that it's unlikely that such an amount has built up to cause pain whilst being so young) but she told me to change the way I am taking the pill to a tricyclic regime so now I take the pill for three months at a time and then have one period. So far, the pill hasn't really helped me much with the pain but I've only been taking it for around 2 months. The gynaecologist who I have seen already also said that she wouldn’t advise the lap right now because of how young I am and she said that sometimes they don't even stop the pain so they wouldn't really want to operate on a 17 year old.
I don't really know what to do going on from here but I'm still in pain and I've recently cut down on how many tablets I'm having a day (pain killers, anti inflammatorys , antispasmodics etc.) because it used to be over 20 and I was worried about how many I was taking, now I mainly take paracetamol (I've been put on cocodamol and naproxen but the gynae advised not taking strong pain killers for a long period of time, which makes sense!) but the pain is still always there. I used to be really active and went to the gym around 3/4 times a week but since this pain has started I can barely walk around my village and a lot of the time I'm bedridden. I've missed a lot of school because of this and it causes me a lot of stress, especially about my grades! I'm really worried that they won't investigate further or if they do they'll find no signs of endo and I'll be left just in pain with no explanation. I was wondering whether anyone had any advice about any alternatives or treatments that have helped them or any questions you think I should definitely ask the new gynaecologist I'll see in a couple weeks.
I'm sorry this has been so long!! I'm just really worried and seeking help! Thanks guys,