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Hello ladies! I am new to this forum and I am so glad I've found it. I've already read a bunch of different posts and I'm learning so much!
I come from a long line of women with gynecological issues. My mom had uterine fibroids and only one working ovary, her mother had fibroids, and my great-great grandmother died of ovarian cancer. I know most pelvic issues are not inherited but I know you can have a genetic predisposition to them.
I got my first period 11 years ago when I was 12 (now I am 23). Up until four years ago, my periods were always relatively "normal" meaning moderate bleeding, mild cramps/fatigue and all my pain was managed with just ibuprofen. When I turned 19, my periods suddenly became irregular, going from two-three days long and a light flow some months, to super heavy, week long gore-fests with major mood swings/cravings and generalized body ache. For the last year however, my periods are very irregular, being light one month and heavy the next. When reading about endometriosis, I do exhibit most of the symptoms however the pain I experience is much different. The pain I have is not sharp, sudden stabbing pain, but rather the most intense dull deep ache that radiates throughout my pelvis, low/mid back and upper thighs. It feels as if someone is pulling my insides down/out/sideways, very, very slowly. The pain does not go away with stretching or ibuprofen and I am completely wiped of all energy with no thoughts of anything other than how badly my pelvis aches. This pain lasts about four days from the first day of my period. The rest of my cycle (not bleeding) I am relatively pain free with only moments of mind-blowing hyper-quick jolts of pain near where I think my ovaries are. It feels like a bubble is popping inside of me and the pain is over in about three seconds, but it takes my breath away.
Does anyone else have similar symptoms? Or am I crazy and this is just normal period pain? I have seen countless gynecologists who have told me to just take an anti-inflammatory but they don't help. I have been on tri-lynyah BC for about six years for my adult acne which so far it helps with.
I am scared to have a laparoscopy done only to have them not find anything and just tell me that I'm over-reacting.
Any thoughts/ideas? Am I just a wimp or is there actually something going on?
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