I was a full time support worker for disabled adults and was doing 13 hour shifts 3 days a week and was doing well until during a period I had sudden onset of pain so bad I had to go to A&E and 4 months later diagnosed with a cyst in my ovary and a year later diagnosed with endometriosis. I am now back to working bank support after taking months off sick. The company have been supportive and I tried to slowly get back to doing full time work after a month of recovery from laparoscopy. I got so exhausted because of the Prostap and hot flushes I found it very difficult to work past 7 hours, and felt pathetic since some colleagues are at menopausal age and they seem to manage the long shifts.
Since being off Prostap, mild pain and discomfort has returned a little and I am apprehensive to work as being so long on my feet triggers a lot of bloating and exacerbates pain. This has meant that I can only now do bank support work in the same company as I can calculate doing 3 shifts a month around my cycles. I need to plan everything from work to holidays to meeting friends around my cycle. I sometimes worry I was being a hypochondriac for feeling too unwell or exhausted to work (especially during periods) or worrying that work will cause me problems, when it seems all my female colleagues go through their monthly cycles without much of a problem. Has anyone else experienced difficulties after working, does it make you bloated and worsen your pain?