You know the Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones? My innards are the Starks, #Endometriosis is the massacre.
Thinking back, I was plagued by mystery abdominal pains during my teens and the cause was never diagnosed. I remember when I first saw my gynaecologist back in 2016 and she asked me how long I had been having my problems. I estimated a couple of years but she very sagely suggested that I had probably been experiencing them a lot longer than that. There were tears.
I had external and internal ultrasounds that didn’t show anything but I was told that #Endometriosis doesn’t usually show up in them. I suppose they were ruling out other things, because the fun thing about diagnosing #Endometriosis , it can only be properly diagnosed by Laparoscopy.
Anyway, the symptoms of #Endometriosis are…many, and like a lot of symptoms, they can be for lots of conditions making diagnosis a long and pesky process.
My symptoms include:
Severe pelvic pain
Chronic fatigue/brain fog
Painful sexy time
I was diagnosed via laparoscopy. You may know it by the term key hole surgery. A small telescope is inserted to have a close up look at the internal tissue.
When my gynaecologist found traces of #Endometriosis , she lasered the offending tissue. This doesn’t stop #Endometriosis from coming back though. It’s a treatment but it’s not a cure.
During my second laparoscopy a couple of years later, my PVCS was diagnosed. They also found polyps (often benign tissue growths) in my uterus which resulted in a D&C (Dilation and Curettage). Basically, they were scraped out with a spoon.
During my second procedure I also had a Mirena Coil inserted into my uterus. This little hammerhead shark looking device releases a hormone called Progestogen and this is supposed to help make my #Endometriosis symptoms less angry. Again, it’s not a cure.
Other drugs in my arsenal include Amitriptyline, Codeine and oral Morphine for pain management.
I used to take Mefenamic Acid which is a powerful anti-inflammatory but even with a stomach protecting medicine (Lansoprazole) my digestive system would not be fooled and would engage washing machine spin mode immediately in protest and I decided it wasn’t worth the hassle.
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