I was just wondering if anyone has had any symptoms similar to my own, as three different GPs have each given me a different diagnosis.
I started my periods at 13 and they were extremely sporadic. I could go months without one and then gain up to a stone in weight during a period. The pain would be excruiciating, when it flared up it could bring me out in a cold sweat and i'd feel nauseated from the pain. My periods would be extremely heavy and could last upto 18 days and during this time I would suffer constant diarrhea. My GP told me I needed to wait a few years and they would settle. I waited until I was 18 and returned to the doctors. He checked my hormone levels and said I was fine, I could go on the pill but he wouldn't recommend it as I wasn't sexually active and so young.
At 20 I met my current partner, although I was always careful I became fed up of wondering if my period was late as usual or I was pregnant, so I decided to go on the Depo Jab.
Within two weeks of having the jab I started bleeding, I returned to the family planning clinic and was told this was normal. My weight and emotions started spinning out of control and me and my partner were miserable. I repeatedly visited the clinic who told me I needed more of the jab to stop the bleeding. I then went from having the jab every twelve weeks to every eight, after ten months of misery I came off the jab and tried Microgynon. Although this stopped me bleeding, my periods were still as excruciating as before. My emotions were uncontrollable, and I constantly felt sick and had diarrhea. I then tried Cerezatte and had the same problems.
I stopped taking birth control and had one heavy period in the following four months. Then I started bleeding again, this continued constantly for six months. In this time my GP finally sent me for more blood tests and an ultrasound. (This was after they curled their lip at me and told me I most likely had an STI, as I'd only had two partners, always been careful and still been tested this was very offensive.) Everything came back normal. To stop the bleeding I was prescribed Tranexamic acid and Mefenamic acid which didn't work. I then became desperate enough to try another form of birth control (Yasmine). Within a week the bleeding had stopped but I was miserable, I couldn't control my temper or my tear ducts, I was frightened to go anywhere with the diarrhea because the pain was so intense when I needed to go to the toilet.
I stopped the Yasmine after two months. Following that I have had one month with no bleeding followed by a 8 day period and then continued bleeding ever since.
I now have zero energy. I have felt tired all the time for over a year now but this is horrible. My head feels fogged up and I constantly feel dizzy. If I don't eat at regular intervals I go all shaky and can't function, i'm losing my hair (male pattern), I don't like eating out as it's a 50/50 chance as to whether i'll be in excruciating pain afterwards as I rush home for the toilet. Sex can be painful in certain positions and I have to hold my body in certain ways to avoid the pain. I lost my previous job because I had so much time off and when I was at work I was too tired to keep up. I'm now having the same problems at my new job and I am terrified of losing another job. I've had to withdraw from my university studies because I simply did not have the energy and have now had to lower my working hours. This has put more financial strain on my partner who doesn't seem to understand what is wrong with me. My family are fed up of my moaning and roll their eyes if I say im tired. I am continuously worried that I won't be able to have children or that I have something more serious (my nan died of cervical cancer at 36). After two years of doctors visits I have been told I have Policystic Ovaries by one GP, to be told that was nonsense by another GP and I have DUB instead. Another Doctor told me i'm just being silly and have hormonal problems. I have changed my GP practice and a new doctor has finally referred me to a Gyno but I am completely at my wits end. My relationship is crumbling, my studies are impossible and i'm going to lose my new job if I have any more time off! And everyone around me thiinks i'm just being lazy!
Please talk to me! I have no one to talk to and feel completely on my own.