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Hey everyone. Im hoping for some advice regarding my symptoms and my doctor ignoring me ☹.
A little bit about me - 32 years old, mum of 3. Lower abdominal pain started around 8 years ago. At first it wasn't too bad but when it got worse I visited my GP who referred me for a scan. The result was a small cyst on my ovary but nothing to cause concern.
As time went on the pain spread all across my abdomen and round to my lower back. I requested to see a consultant again and waited 4 years to see him (yep that long) By this stage the pain was excruciating. I went for a scan in January this year and all he said was in order to stop the pain i would need a hysterectomy, that was fine, I was willing to do anything to be able to live my life and have fun with my children, something i found hard with the pain. The catch was the waiting list was 2 years long. I cried, I was devastated, another 2 years of pain. I was prescribed co- codomol and the pill for extra hormones for the pain (they don't work)
Fast forward to march this year and i asked to see the consultant again, this time i seen him within 2 weeks. I cried and pleaded with him to help me, it was then he diagnosed me with Adenomyosis without even examining me again. He told me he would put me on his urgent list then said that list was 16 months long and sent me on my way.
I left feeling deflated and confused. How could he diagnose me with this? Wouldn't he have told me the first time thats what it was? I searched the symptoms and wasn't convinced.
In April i visited my GP and pleaded for new pain relief, every day i was walking around with 2 hot water bottles stuffed down the front and back of my jeans all day every day. I couldn't take my kids out, I couldn't push my 1 year old in his pram, I felt like a failure as a mother. My GP just prescribed the same pain relief i was on and sent me home.
I was that desperate I started to research private scans and operations but I couldn't afford them.
Over the next few months I started to get more symptoms. I had pain further up my abdomen and back and I was constantly constipated. I was passing blood in my stools and there was blood when wiping. I again visited my GP and she examined me and told me there was a lump in my back passage but she was going to note it as a pile for now. She asked me was there a history of bowel cancer in the family and I replied yes, my aunt is currently receiving chemo for bowel cancer, she is only 48 years old. The GP nodded then prescribed me laxatives and sent me on my way. Before I left i asked her again for better pain relief and her response was to try and lower the pain relief I am on. Currently I am taking 15/500mg Co-codomol and she tried to give me 8/500mg, how does that even make sense? I honestly could not believe she was trying to do this. I had to argue with her to give me the same dose I was on.
Im going back this Wednesday because I am not letting this go, I need better pain relief and I am sick of my GP probably thinking im just someone who wants pain killers. The last thing I want in the world is to have to take pain relief every 4 hours, I really wish I didnt have to but its my only option to try and get through my day.
How do I convince her of how much pain I am in? All I want right now is pain relief that works and a proper in depth scan of my abdomen which covers my womb, ovaries, kidneys, bowel etc. Is it my age that is stopping this happening? Im bleeding constantly from my back passage but because im 32 theres nothing wrong?
Any advice would be much appreciated and I am so sorry for rambling on but i figured the more info i gave the better response i might get
thank you x
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