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Hi. I'm 49 and hadn't had a period for 16 years. When I got a new doctor, I mentioned this to her (my former doctor was never concerned). My doctor ordered tests, which showed I was not in menopause. So I was then sent for a trans-vaginal ultrasound, which showed a thickened endometrial strip (17mm). I was referred to an OB/GYN at that point, and she scheduled me for a D&C, hysteroscopy, and biopsy. At my follow up, she told me the samples were pre-cancerous and recommended a hysterectomy. I decided against that. Instead, I will need to have a biopsy every six months for the next two years. In the meantime, she put me on birth control to force my periods to occur.
I have been on the medication for two months, and my period started three days ago. It is extremely painful. I rarely had cramps with my periods, and they were always pretty heavy. The cramps I'm feeling with this feels like I am in labor. I have had five kids, so I'm not exaggerating the pain level. I have taken different pain meds, showered with hot water, and more to reduce the pain. Nothing works. The pain wakes me up and keeps me from doing things. While my periods were heavy before, it was nothing compared to now.
Do any of you have any ideas on what's going on? Better yet, do any of you have advice for how to get through this period from hell?
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