Several years ago, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. The tests leading up to this diagnosis were a nuisance in themselves -- having to fill my bladder and hold it while a nurse pressed on my belly with an ultrasound scope was not in the least pleasant. After I was diagnosed, the doctor recommended having a laparoscopic procedure to eradicate the traces of endometriosis by lasering them off my ovaries. If you think this is painless, or that it's just some quick zap zap, then think again. I had to prep for surgery by not eating for the 12 hours before the procedure. I didn't realize this at the time, but I probably shouldn't have shaved around my midsection then, because this could have lead to an infection. The morning of the surgery, I went into the hospital with my mother. I was hooked up to an IV, and taken down to the anesthesia triage area where they pushed some Valium into the drip to calm me down before giving me the general anesthesia. I fell asleep in the triage area; I don't remember being wheeled into surgery. The problem is that the anesthetic worked some crazy stuff on me -- I was in the hospital with nausea, pain and vomiting for three days afterward. I woke up a few hours after the surgery and I was reeling, dizzy, and fell out of my bed. They kept me for observation until the pain subsided and the nausea stopped. I can't say that the surgery was of any benefit. I noticed that my hormones and metabolism were all screwy . afterward. I gained a lot of weight, and I had to change my diet substantially. The pain was no different than before. In fact, sometimes I felt as though it was worse after the surgery. Generally, I have to begin taking an ibuprofen-based medicine three days before my period begins to limit the prostaglandin in my body from making me crampy. On the first day of my period, I take  upwards of 1600 mgs of Advil throughout the day. It's the fatigue that has been hard on me lately. I feel like my body is completely beaten down before and during my period. There's not enough steak in the world to revive me. I have to take lots of multivitamins to compensate for the lack of energy. If your doctor recommends a laparoscopy, what you need to know is that there's a very large possibility that your endometriosis will return. It's only a temporary solution, and a rather poor one in my opinion. I don't know whether there are any permanent solutions for endometriosis. But, I can say that after weighing the benefits versus drawbacks, I'd prefer to treat my symptoms and deal with the pain than have to go through an invasive procedure that didn't seem to work at all.

PatientRapunzel PatientRapunzel
31-35, F
2 Responses Aug 26, 2006

The physical symptoms you've explained, I can relate to. However, mine were due to a bad case of Mayonaisitis contracted from a foreign eatery. <br />
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But I feel for ya.

I don't know if it would be called the same thing in the Sates, but there's a better medication that you can take during your period called Ponstan. It Helps with pain and bloating and also helps you to bleed easier. Also general Asprin helps to thin your blood which also makes bleeding easier. <br />
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There are also things you can look into such as having a Mirena (similar to the old IUD but combined with hormone therapy) put into your uterus which will reduce lining build up - this lasts for 5 years but can be removed at any time. Most women just don't get their periods at all after the first 3 months. It's the best thing you can do if you're not trying to fall pregnant.<br />
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You could also look into have Deprolavera injections which are a form of hormone therapy which 'shut down' your reproductive system - you need to get an injection every 3 months though and the side effects can be annoying (depression, fatigue, weight gain, etc). Also, it's a shorter term solution and should only go on for up to 2 years (though you can go longer if you can cope with the side effects).<br />
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Best of luck. I know what it's like when people just have no idea of the level of pain and nausea and bloating and bowel issues and back pain etc that these problems can cause. It'd be nice to only have to deal with some bad cramps!