Apologies to the men folk on the forum, this is a bit of a girly issue!
Over the past few years my periods have gone from tolerable to keeping me off work.
I had a copper coil (non hormonal) fitted 3 and half years ago and have now been on warfarin for 4 and a half years. I've also had surgery to remove ovarian cysts about 2 years ago.
I really started to notice it badly when, in the absence of the 'stomach migraines' (another medical euphemism for 'we haven't got the slightest idea what it is...') I used to suffer as a result of food intolerance, I was still doubled over in pain once a month. It was just accompanied by heavy bleeding now rather than vomiting.
So I've gone from barely any cramps and moderate bleeding in my teens and early 20's to extremely heavy flow (to the point I no longer leave the house unless absolutely necessary for fear of bleeding through clothing), sickness, mood swings, even worse fatigue than normal and crippling stomach cramps for 2-3 days at the start of every period.
I brought it up with a rheumatologist, one of the many consultants I'd seen in place of my actual rheumatologist, and his only comment was 'That's something you need to discuss with your GP'. Not even vaguely sympathetic.
When I then accosted my GP over it the response was more or less 'You've got a coil and you're on blood thinners, what did you expect...?!' No offer to refer me, treat me, discuss options...
Until this week I had been 'lucky' enough for this to have just disrupted weekends and evenings, but sadly it's now meant time off work. That's where I draw the line these days. Mess up my personal time, OK I'll learn to work around it, screw around with my office time and I have to start playing dirty. My employers are already so understanding about my myriad of health issues that I refuse to take the mickey and allow myself to be fobbed off by the medical profession.
So I went back to the GP and got, 'Well it's only happened this once so come back next month if it's as bad and we'll look at referring you then.' Not sure where they thought they were for all the previous times I've been to them with the same issue but what the heck. I'll roll with it, I might even make the appointment in advance to it's one less phone call to make next month...
Is there anyone else that's had a similar experience? Any tips and tricks to share? Any advice at all?
I already take agnus castus and it has improved the mood side of my problems but the rest just continues to deteriorate.