Hey i'm new here!
Im 22 years old and over the past year my periods have gotten extremely painful. On the first day of my period the only relief I get is by sitting in the shower with the shower hose on the hottest degree and rubbing it on my belly and legs. The pain is particularly bad down my legs. My belly will be so distended and bloated that it is uncomfortable to do just about anything active. But the pain subsides a bit by day 2. And by day 3 the cramps are considerably mild and very manageable. by day 4 they are gone and then for the rest of the month I am pain free. Also, I don't have the heaviest flow, I would use 3 tampons a day on the heaviest day. I feel like the flow doesn't match the pain. I have had a pelvic ultra sound that came back clear and i've had a colonoscopy that came back clear as well.( I suffer from an awful pain going to the bathroom during my period as well).
So the reason I am unsure if this is endometriosis is because the pain isn't chronic as it only comes at the time of my period, but when it does come it is completely debilitating to the point that I can barely walk. I am also unsure if this is endo because it is only in the last year that i have started to suffer from these pains. Growing up as a teenager my periods were light and manageable. I was prescribed a strong anti-inflamatory called mefenamic acid, this sometimes eases the pain a tad but most of the time does very little. Im just worried these symptoms are going to progressively get worse and if i have it i would want to get a diagnosis as early as possible even if that means surgery.
if anyone could offer me with some advice it would be much appreciated