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    Default I Need Your Advice! (Possible TMI?)

    Hi Ladies,

    Basically I'm at a loss. I've had a number of bad experiences with a number of doctors since earlier this year and I have no idea what to do now! I'll give you a quick background so you know where I'm coming from...

    Around the middle of last year I stopped taking the pill and I haven't had a problem with my cycles since then. They've been pretty much regular (26-28 days) and haven't been out of the ordinary. My last period however was EXTREMELY painful. Now I've had bad period cramps my whole life (hence why I was on the pill in the first place) and it never really eased up even while I was on it. But this last one was excruciating and also heavier than normal.

    I ended up seeing my GP about it because it caught me off guard and she just wrote it off saying that it was my cycle sorting itself out after being on the pill... That made no sense to me seeing as 1. it's been a year and 2. I've never had irregularity or anything like that before.

    About a month prior to me stopping the pill I started to experience fairly severe anxiety, mood swings and a loss in libido and I still have all of these symptoms now a year later.

    I'm starting to wonder if there's a possibility that I have some sort of hormone imbalance?

    My mum has history of endometriosis, had a colposcopy to remove cells with low grade abnormalities prior to getting pregnant with me, got a pap test 3 months after having me showing CIN3 that resulted in her having the cells burnt off (twice), and had surgery to remove a cyst from one of her ovaries in her 30's (also after having me) but that's the only family history of anything like that. My GP tried to send me for an internal ultrasound when I was 16 to check for endometriosis which I never booked because the idea of that terrified me at the time but she didn't seem interested in re-visiting the idea at my last visit.

    Super sorry for the long post but I really don't know what to do from here and I'd really appreciate any advice you ladies had!
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    Get a second opinion and request blood tests to test your hormone levels as well as an internal ultrasound. I had symptoms of PCOS (not saying this is what you have) and my GP dismissed it multiple times. I left it, it got worse so I went somewhere new and demanded tests and a referral to a gyno an what do you know! PCOS! Three years later and I am still seeing her and now for fertility support for TTC :-)
    You know your body better then anyone and are well within your right to request tests and a gyno referral.
    Good luck! X

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    Is it possible that you could have been UTD? Maybe the pain was worse because it was a m/c? If you have been off the pill for a year, it seems weird that it would be related to that. I would imagine your hormone levels would have leveled out by now.
    Only other thing I an think if is endometriosis or fybroids. Maybe if the next one is as bad to back to the GP and ask for some tests.

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    I have been ttc for just over 2 years and late last year the pain if my period became so bad that I woke hubby up through the night in tears asking him to help me find my hot water bottle. I was so sore he wanted me to go to the hospital but I refused. It's always just the first day that I get alot of pain then I'm ok. The bleeding is quite heavy too. We'd been seeing one specialist and I had many internal ultrasounds done aswell as a heap of blood tests but no one ever mentioned endometriosis may be a possibility. Started seeing a new specialist in jan who sent off for more blood tests and recommended lap surgery. The lap surgery confirmed moderate endometriosis which they removed as much as they could at time of surgery.
    My recommendation is if you're not completely happy with what your dr tells you, see someone else. I feel like a years worth of treatment was wasted for us be wise no one bothered to explore the possibility of endo. Even if its not endo that you have, atleast you'll feel better having had a second opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BubblesK View Post
    Is it possible that you could have been UTD? Maybe the pain was worse because it was a m/c? If you have been off the pill for a year, it seems weird that it would be related to that. I would imagine your hormone levels would have leveled out by now.
    Only other thing I an think if is endometriosis or fybroids. Maybe if the next one is as bad to back to the GP and ask for some tests.
    I was thinking the same.

    An early miscarriage can often be passed off as a very heavy/painful period.

    I actually suspect that I may have had one about 5 years ago. I came to this conclusion after experiencing contractions when I had my daughter 2 years ago.

    I did not have a normal period that month and it was heavy and sooo painful! Very similar to early contractions.



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    Thanks so much for your help everyone! I'm going to book an appointment with a new doctor this week but the period I just had (started Thursday last week) was nowhere near as bad as the one I mentioned in this post. It is possible that I was UTD as I'm not on any sort of hormonal birth control but I guess there's no way to know for sure now?

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    Your b-hcg may still be elevated if it was only a month ago but im not sure. maybe check with the doc, maybe can she can check on the blood test.
    I think that if you've ovulated again and menstruated chances are it will be back to 0.

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    Hi, you sound almost identical to what I had & have only recently just found out (after surgery) that it was bad endometriosis. I've since had it removed & no more pain!! Which is amazing because I used to have heavy bleeding (waking every couple of hours to change) & bad pain.

    I went to GP after GP but they told me it was normal & they had no idea. Nothing changed until I pushed for a referal to see an OB/GYN.

    Please see a specialist as they deal with issues like this every day


 

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