I'm new to this and my post is very lengthy!!! But please bare with me and read as I would truly appreciate any advice.
I'm 23 years old I have had trouble with my periods since they began at age 12, either been in immense pain or just being ill with no real explanation. I was diagnosed with Chronic UTIs when I was young, and nothing seemed to help me at all, the anti biotics would only temporarily ease my pain and swelling and afterwards it would come back with full force.
I now believe that I never had water infections at all, but it was always endometriosis.
My mother had a full blown hysterectomy when she was only 27/28 due to how extreme her endometriosis was and unfortunately there was no choice in this. She had been diagnosed with IBS for 7 years leading up to her hysterectomy.
The last couple of years my symptoms have become unbearable with pain, bleeding thick black gloop and always bleeding slightly dark brown blood, pain during sex, after sex and extreme nausea and fatigue. I also have always bled from my bottom with no explanation. Currently I have a constant pain in my left hand side of my bowel area. It is only the left hand side that I ever have pain.
I finally had an appointment with a gynaecologist last month. The appointment did not go as I'd hoped. The consultant didn't really listen to any of my symptoms, said that it sounded like IBS and that I should try the mirena coil to see if it easies the pain.
I decided that I wanted to put to sleep when I had the coil fitted as I'm not very good and will probably be too tense for it even to go in due to pass experiences. After several conversations back and forth with my consultant, she is very very against me have the coil in whilst under GA. Has anybody else experienced this?
After a few stern words, my consultant said that I should come back in to the clinic to have this discussion face to face. She said if I was going to be put under GA, I might as well have a laparoscopy as well at the same time, but again she wasn't keen on this.
Is there anyone who has experienced this with their consultant? In all honesty, I would prefer to have the laparoscopy as quickly as possible so I can get diagnosed or find out what is wrong with me. She says I am too young for this procedure, however considering my Mum had a full blown hysterectomy when she was 27 and I've had these symptoms for 10 years, I don't think I am too young.
I don't have children yet and I am very keen to be able to have them, but I'm not in the right place of my life in order to try at the moment - however I also don't want to leave it until it's too late.
Has anybody got any suggestions for my story or any similarities? I don't know what to do for the best and in all honesty, along with my constant pain I am feeling quite depressed about the whole situation.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story.