Two years ago I began having irregular periods and extremely painful cramping. I have been seen every 3 mos by on OB/GYN since then, have had 3 ultrasounds, and am currently trying a 5th type of birth control. Things are slightly better on BC, but I'm still bleeding irregularly and experiencing severe pain, usually in my left side. Every u/s has been normal. I recently pushed for bloodwork, and everything checked out normal for Celiac disease, clotting problems, liver/gallbladder function, anemia, CBC, and thyroid issues. In the past 3 mos I have had severe fatigue, insomnia, heartburn, acid reflux, and nausea/headaches before the start of my period. I've been to 2 OB/GYNs and recently an internal medicine doctor. Ibuprofen didn't even touch the pain this week, so I tried Midol Complete. The Midol made me dizzy and shaky for hours, so can't take that again. I tried naproxen, which helped a little, but it says not to take it if you've had heartburn. The pain was so bad this time I couldn't walk normally for 2 days. Even after it subsides, I'm exhausted. I am so bloated I wasn't sure I had pants to wear to work yesterday. (I'm 5'2" and 110lb). My GYN says there are no signs of cysts, fibroids, and that the endometrial line looks smooth on u/s. I am 28 and don't know what to do next. The pain and bleeding are destroying my quality of life and I'm being told to "just deal with it". I don't smoke or drink, have never been overweight, and have always been very active. At the very least, what are my best options for pain relief? Are there more tests I should be pushing for? I refuse to live this way for the next 15 years. Forget trying to salvage my fertility, I just want my life back.View Thread
Thank you for the insights. I have discussed depression with my doctor, and while I am upset and frustrated with my situation, I don't feel like I need antidepressants at this point. A big part of my frustration is that I want to do all these things/be active, but my body is not cooperating. I'm more angry than depressed. I know that endometriosis is difficult to see on u/s, and is usually diagnosed laparoscopically. Are there any non-invasive ways to check for it, such as MRI? I'm concerned that because of my young age, my doctors are reluctant to do more than change BC every 3mos, and meanwhile we are missing something more serious.View Thread
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