I had my first lap yesterday after a year and a half of endo symptoms. I've spent all this time worrying about the procedure itself and worrying about being told they couldn't find anything that I wasn't actually prepared for hearing the words "you have endometriosis". I am very lucky that it isn't severe and they were able to lazer it all away.
I have taken the personal decision to not have any treatment at this stage although I am going to go on the pill next week to see if that helps. I am 31 and have a lot of years ahead of me to endure this horrible condition so I am going to see how long I can go pain free for and then contact my consultant when the pains start again. I could get anything from one month to years of being pain free, who knows?! Ny consultant was very respectful of my choice and has now signed me off her books and told me to contact her if I need her.
I am going to focus now on changing my life style. If anything the past year and a half has taught me that if u don't have ur health then u don't have anything. I am going to reduce my hours at work and spend quality time with my daughter. I'm going to have a look at this endo diet and start walking and do a bit of yoga.
I am recovering really well so far (touch wood!) from the lap yesterday. I guess when u suffer from chronic pain for so long u begin to develop a high pain threshold. The gas pain does hurt and peppermint is amazing at easing it! I sucked some pepperment flavouted softmints and they were a god send! Make sure you have paracetamol at home as well as ibrupfhen because by the time u leave the hospital u have maxed out ur daily allowance of ibruphen and so can only take paracetamol for the rest of that day.
I wore a maxi dress to the hospital and it was so comfy for going home in as it didn't hurt my tummy and I had two pillows for the drive home - one for my back and one to protect my tummy from the seatbelt. I had really bad cramps in my hands for hours afterwards and that is becos of the anaesthetic and that has gone now.
I was absolutely petriefied going in for that lap, I had tears streaming down my face becos of the fear - but now I don't know why I was so worried. So any ladies out there panicking, don't worry its just the fear of the unknown and the unknown isn't bad I promise x