I am hoping the point of the blogs is to share our experiences otherwise I am coming accross as whiney
I was an early starter and began my periods at 13, at 14 I had my first really long period, lsted 22 days. I like to make a joke out of serious things so it was nicknamed 'periodgate' (I didnt say I was funny) I went to the doctor he said it was normal at my age when I was beginning periods, I went at 15 to see my gp with pain so bad it made me physically sick and he said maybe I had endometriosis, prescribed me mefenemic acid and told me to just take paracetamol.
15 years later I'm in hospital with 'mystery abdominal pain when the doctor cant identify it I get sent to three specialists. A gynecologist, a gastroenterologist and a multi convergent therapist (I've seen him four times and I still dont know what he does)
the gastroenterologist sent me for an endoscopy and the found a hiatus hernia. The gynecologist told me I had a tilted uterus and did an internal exam that had me squirming in pain till I cried. After a few more questions she told me she had no doubt it is endometriosis and it was possibly affecting my bowels so I need a laprasctomy. I cant tell you how relieved I was that after 15 years I had an answer!! The gynecologist was shocked that I had clear signs of endometriosis for my entire adult life and it was the first time I saw a gynecologist. I'm with her on that!!
(My symptoms are excessively painful periods that can last up to 30 days, fatigue, anxiety, awful pmt, tingling in my legs, and a lot of pain when I have sex)
I called my mum and told her and she said the strangest thing to me, 'it must be nice for someone to confrim its something real and not in your head' gotta love the implication that I may have just been crazy. My mum is really supportive and loving but shes listened to enough problems from me I think I've driven her a bit mad!!
so march the 19th I am getting my laprasctomy where I have my fingers and toes crossed they find endometriosis so I have my answer and it can be fixed, ish!!
thanks you for listening