Let me apologize in advance for this being so long... I have two types of pain, and I'm not sure if one is related to the other or not, if they are a gastro-intestinal problem or a GYN problem. The first I will discuss is the lower abdominal pain. Located in the center of my abdomen, right in the pelvic region, deep, not superficial. It's not even a pain really, more like an uncomfortable pressure. It never ceases, but at times its barely noticeable, and at other times, it's painful, but not sharp pain at all, but dull heavy almost-pain but isn't. Easy to endure, easy to ignore. Coughing and sneezing cause painful pressure. Sex is often painful somewhere deep inside, near my uterus. Almost never get constipation, usually have loose bowels and alot of painful gas... I have regular periods, which are medium / heavy flow with alot of cramping and passing blood clots, sometimes as big as dimes. My cycles have always been regular, except 2 years ago. I was also 140 lbs overweight (topped the scales at 270 lbs. on home scale), I was working and going to school full time. My periods stopped for about 6 months. Later, when I back on a normal schedule, and lost some weight, periods went back to normal. I have since lost 70 lbs. I also believe myself to have a hormone imbalance of some sort, cause I grow facial hair (lip and chin, male pattern hair growth), and quite a lot of body hair as well. I have to shave facial hair daily. I don't know if this info has any relevance here, but I thought I'd throw it in anyway...
Now for the rectal pain. It comes about once every few months. The only way I can describe it is like this : it's like having a lightning bolt shoved straight up my butt! A bolt of white hot electricity shooting straight through my rectum... It is so painful, so intense, it has literally knocked me of my feet, I was walking and I fell on the floor in pain. It hit me while I was driving once, and I remember lifting my whole behind off the seat and arching my back, and my foot stomped down on the excellerator and I couldn't move my leg to stop. I can usually feel this pain about to happen, it gives a warning, and I have to brace myself before it happens, or else I will fall. It's what I would imagine it feels like to be electricuted. These intense pains last about 10 - 20 seconds, and then they're gone for months, like they never existed, forgotten about until months down the line when hit again.View Thread
Hello Jane, Thank you for your reply. Everything you said is what I was already thinking myself. Endometriosis and/or PCOS are probably most likely. I suspect polycystic ovaries, because they can cause pelvic pressure and pain, and I know that is usually the cause of women having elevated male hormones which cause facial hair growth. I was reading the symptoms, and most of them seem to fit. I was speaking to my cousin the other day (who has had many female issues herself), and she told me I may have endometriosis (she had both endometriosis and pcos). She said just what you said, that hard painful periods is one sign, but also endometrial tissue can form outside the uterus and cause GI trouble, it could all be related. My mother was never diagnosed with endometriosis or pcos, but she had hard periods, so hard her doctor gave her demerol for her pain, and she also has dense facial hair. She had to have a hysterectomy at 36, exactly my age.
Also, IBS has also crossed my mind, becuase I stay gassy and bloated and have loose bowels more often than not.
You spoke about surgical adhesions and scarring. I had a ruptured appendix in 1987 when I was 11 years old. The doctors didn't know what was wrong with me, so I was rushed into emergency exploritory surgery, where they found fragments of my exploded appendix and severe perotonitis infecting my whole perotoneal cavity. I almost died. But that was 25 years ago. Do you think that after all this time, that could have an effect now? That never crossed my mind at all.
i have a GYN appt in a few weeks at the free clinic (I have no insurance), for my annual pap, which is about a year or 2 overdue. Should I request being tested further for PCOS and endometriosis? Or should I go in with a list of symptoms and let them figure it out? They may not be as smart as you... LOL. I rarely go to doctors and they intimidate me a little, and they make me feel stupid. I really don't know how to talk to them, especially about things of a personal nature. Also, we all know doctors just LOOOVVVEE people who refer to Dr. Internet before them.View Thread
Sorry, I told you my symptoms and forgot to ask my question. What do you suppose is wrong with me? Does this sound like its a gastro-intestinal issue, or a gynocological issue? Should I just go to the ER and let them discover what it is? I don't have a regular doctor, and I lack health insurance (soon my boss will have to offer us health insurance, but as of now, he hasn't yet). There is a hospital here that treats patients and billing goes by your income, so I'm thinking that may be my best option. I have ignored this problem for so long due to inability to pay.View Thread