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I believe I have endometriosis. My OBGYN believes I have endo. I fit every symptom that's listed, but it has not been confirmed by a diagnosis. I had an ultrasound that showed nothing, and an HSG that showed a bilateral blockage in my fallopian tubes, we had a hard time TTC and that's how we stumbled upon blocked tubes. 6 years ago I had a hard time getting pregnant, had an u/s and HSG and the following month I got pregnant. I believe the HSG pushed that blockage out and I was able to conceive. This second time around I wasn't so lucky.
At this point in my life, I'm not trying to get pregnant again. I thank my lucky stars that I was even able to have my son. But the last two years have been some of the most horrible periods I have ever had. The pain and pressure are unbearable and I went to my OBGYN seeking a diagnosis.
He recommended Lupron and suggested I look it up first. I did and was horrified by all I found online. I'm 35 and I'm so scared of putting my body through (albeit temporary) menopause. I have also battled with depression and anxiety and I am scared these drugs are going to ruin the balance I have finally created.
My husband thinks I should steer clear of Lupron and go on birth control pills instead, treat it as if I have been diagnosed. I am concerned about the birth control pills also wreaking havoc on my mental state as well as nausea and other side effects I probably had in my early twenties but cant remember right now. His argument is that with the birth control pills, I can stop them at any time and rid my body of the hormones quicker than I would be able to with the lupron.
My third option is to do nothing and just deal with the pain I have every month. While I am fortunate to not be working right now and am able to lie in excrucitating pain for 3-4 days during my period, I feel like I'm almost out of commission for two weeks, dealing with all the pre and postmenstrual pain and symptoms.
I am completely lost on which path to choose. I feel like I lose no matter what I chose. I feel like whatever drug i settle on (if I chose one) I will become depressed and anxious again and lupron seems like torture.I am convinced I will have every negative side effect. And if I do nothing, I feel imprisoned by my cycle and worry that one day, the endo will get bad enough to put me into emergency surgery.
It has been three months since my OBGYN suggested I go on Lupron. I just went yesterday to a friends OBGYN who suggested the same exact thing. I dont know what to do! I'm scared and frustrated that this has to be this way. I feel like no one I know understands any of this.
I really would love to hear anyones input on Lupron, or anything you can relate to in this post. Anyone's personal experience on having to make this same decision and what you think I could learn from it would really help me during this very dark phase I am going through.
I really hope there is a light at the end of this tunnel for me and all of you.
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