I have been having investgations done for the past 12 months or so. For the last 3 - 4 years my periods have become so heavy and the pain so debillitating that i have gone from working 60 hours a week to 6-10 hours per week.
I went to my GP just over a year ago and presented my symptoms, she referred me for a scan, this showed thickened lining of womb, fibroids and cysts, nothing to worry about but they reffered me for a hysteroscopy so they could take a biopsy of the lining. The biopsy came back clear, but they more or less forced me to have a mirena coil and said this would sort out the problem......it hasn't. It's made it progressively worse. I am in far more pain than ever, my periods are all over the place a few days here and there but through keeping a diary it works out i am on my period 3 weeks out of 4. The pain is mainly left side low pelvic and in my back and legs. I struggle to walk at times, drive, lifting shopping bags, even a a basket of washing.
My last gynae appointment was not with the consultant, but with a doctor, last october, she said give the coil more time, eat more fibre and the pain will go away. She also said to lose some weight. I came away feeling totally misunderstood, i know i need to lose weight but weight isn't causing my problems, it may well be adding to my aches but it isn't the cause.
My GP sent me for an MRI, i had the results back recently and i have a large cyst on my left ovary, explains the pain and i know i'm not going mad at least (no more than usual) they do not know what type of cyst it is yet, i heard the words endometriomas and chocolate cysts. They suggested to wait 3 months and rescan to measure it, i think its the same cyst from last year that i was told not to worry about, but i don't think they have thought to compare the ultrasound pictures to the mri to see if its the same cyst.
Back to my question, is it worth me applying for ESA? I have no diagnosis yet. I am self employed mobile hairdresser, cutting back my hours to what i have it hardly seems worth me carrying running a car etc as i do not really make no money - i feel so bad that i cannot contribute financially like i used to, i have never claimed any benefits but some days it is so difficult to get to work, and being in such pain whilst working, my clients do not realise the pain i'm in, they just think i'm having a few period pains. I see so many others on ESA or DLA for less dibillitating conditions and wonder how they get it.
I've heard the questionaire is questions such as 'can you lift your arm above your head' 'can you use a pen' 'can you use a computer mouse' i can do all of those things even when i'm in pain, how can that be a fair assessment. I can also walk, sometimes at a good pace, other days i cannot walk at at all, or it's very slow and at an angle. I have tried to hold on to a little of my business, i don't want to give up, but as more clients drop off due to be let down because they simply do not understand it's becoming more and more difficult.
Any advice would be appreciated thank you x