I have always had very painful periods since they started age 10. My Mum used to give me co-dydramol for the pain after I was 12. She suffered too but was always told it was normal so that's what she told me. My pain gradually got worse aged 15-16ish where it'd be so bad I'd crawl to the bathroom to get in a hot bath. Looking back it really wasn't normal. I had two children when I was 21 and 23. My peiods never really got back to normal after having my first and then I bled for 16 weeks after having my son. At my 6 weeks check I discovered my ex had cheated and given me chlamydia whilst pregnant....hence he's my ex!
My symptoms got loads worse after having my son it's so hard looking after a toddler and a baby on your own when you hurt that much. After going to the gp's for 3 years, being sent to a councillor because they thought it was in my head, I finally got an appointment with a gynea age 25. They did a lap where they lasered off a couple of small patches of endo and inserted a mirena.
5 weeks later I had to have the coil removed because I'd got a rare infection from it (so frustrating). I tried every other type of contraception and they all made me constantly bleed. Had another lap age 27 where they found a sticky ovary and adhesions (caused by the infection from the mirena)!! They found no endo!
After that lap I got sent for cognitive behaviour therapy because the GP thought, AGAIN, that it was in my head!! I was then treated for IBS and tested for all sorts of bowel problems, all came back clear! Of course, how can it be bowel related when all the symptoms go with my cycle?
I finally went to a different GP who refered me back to the gynea immediately. Had that appointment about 3 weeks ago where he diagnosed me with adenomyosis....so yey it's not in my head and I'm in no way a mentalist!! I'm now 29 so technically it's taken me 19 years to get diagnosed which is ridiculous!!
I now take norethisterone (high dose progesterone) for 6 months at a time so only have 2 periods a year and it gets rid of most of my symptoms....only down side is it make my other condition worse but thats a lot easier to cope with than the hideous pelvic pain I had!
Wow, sorry I've ranted...hope you're all having a pain free day xxx