Ever since my periods started I’ve been having absolutely excruciating pain. My family told me it was normal despite I was passing out during my periods, vomiting due to pain and struggling with I much. I suffer with pain during ovulation and there is only a handful of days when I don’t have period pain.
In 2022, I started the contraceptive pill but this did not stop the cramps I was feeling. I went to the GP in January for my health and was referred to lower GI for a colonoscopy. The consultant told me he is positive I suffer from endometriosis and asked my GP to start me on amitriptyline and refer me to gynaecology.
It took my GP until April to do the refferal and I am awaiting an appointment time. But I am really suffering.
I am from the north west in England! Ands I am a student In University. I think I need to go private because of this pain. My period pain is constant, there is a sharp pain in my right ovary from time to time mostly when I am ovulating . I am constantly dizzy and falling over, which causes me to turn bright red. I have a hot face and I am flush with cold hands and feet! The period pain is awful and I have had to stop so many activities because of it. Sex is painful. I fully believe I suffer with this but my GP aren’t supporting me or believe it affects my life. I am 19 years old and struggle with so much because of this chronic pain. Please I need some advice on going private and waiting lists!
Is there another doctor at your GP practice you can see? On perhaps one based at your uni? It seems some doctors are set in their ways and seem to fob us off but if you get a doctor that listens and really emphasise your symptoms and how it's effecting your day to day life hopefully it will get the ball rolling again without having to go private.
Thank you so much for your help! I’ve tried but they really just Fob me off!!! I might have a look and see if there’s one who knows about gynaecology! Do you have any experiences with waiting lists?
From what I've seen on here waiting lists vary so much depend on where you are, which doctors are avaliable, how severe the Dr's deem your case, seasonal nhs pressures/strikes and a million other factors. I know they pushed my case forward after I ended up getting admitted to a&e with abdominal pain.
sorry to keep asking you so many questions!!! How was your experience with A&E? I’ve been once for high blood pressure but they just told me I was scared of doctors! Which I still suffer with to this day! There’s times when I have needed to go but haven’t and I am worried if I go in there with they’ll treat me as if I am being dramatic!
So a bit of background for context, I first got admitted to a&e end of Nov 2021 with severe abdominal pain that came on suddenly, doctors originally thought it could have been my appendix or pancreas and it wasn't until they operated they realised it was an ovarian cyst that twisted. Fast forward a year, get diagnosed with another cyst through scans (had issues with my periods and TTC) and again get severe abdominal pain. Go to a&e again and once they saw my history and I told them it felt like last time they admitted me for the night. Luckily my cyst had just moved and I was showing signs of infection. But after that they moved my surgery up and I got operated on within a month.
I’m so sorry to hear you went through that!! Did you find that they listened to you well? Or was it quite a challenge talking to them? I’ve been having a pain in my right ovary for some time now! But I’m not sure if it’s just ovulation pain? Even though it’s persistent throughout my period!
Luckily the doctors I've seen recently have been pretty good, however I know what it can be like as I've suffered severe migraines since my teens and the doctors always tried to fob me off then. Having a list of 'facts' about your symptoms help - eg. "I've had to take painkillers every day this week, I have missed 3 days of work/uni, the pain was that bad I was sick twice" and so on.
I will definitely do that!! Thank you so much!!!