I joined this group a month ago following a diagnosis of stage 4 endo. A bit of background - a gynae consultant told me 5 years ago that I had suspected endo as multiple cysts showed up on MRI. As my pain was manageable then, I declined a lap to confirm as I didn't need treatment. Fast forward 5 years, and things have significantly worsened. The last year, I have had horrendous bouts of pain where I have been unable to stand at times, passing out etc. MRI in Dec 18, showed that my uterus is stuck to my bowel, I have endo in my bowel, both ovaries have endometriomas. I suspected there was bowel involvement as had bowel symptoms and IBS had got so much worse. Options - total hysterectomy, "clean up" op with gynae and colorectal sugeon to remove as much endo as possible or medical menopause. As I am 44 with 2 older children and a Mum who went through menopause at 45 (with no probs whatsoever!), I decided for the least invasive option. 3 days ago, I had my first zoladex implant and started on HRT -livial (tibilone) at the same time. I am due my period too and have the usual backache, pelvic pain and PMT - though mild. I know everyone is different and react differently to drugs, but would love to hear other womens experiences as reading the leaflets only tells me so much. I'd like to know if anyone else had zoladex when period was due and did the period come or will I be forever trapped in angry premenstrual mode!! and when did side effects kick in and so on?
Sorry for the long post - it feels good to put it all down - even if no one responds!
Any info would be gladly received.