Warning… may be a little TMI… but hey – this is life.
Over the last few months I’ve found that my endo has been rearing it’s ugly head again. I have more discomfort mid month and then at the beginning of each cycle, I’ve been in so much pain that I can’t work. I try to take pain killers, but they affect me so much that I really shouldn’t drive. In all it is really just 2-3 days a month where I notice any pain – not bad considering how disabling this condition really can be. I just don’t want to be in pain for the next 15+ years. So I’ve been seeing a new Dr about my options.
I went into my first appointment with the idea of having some relatively drastic surgery (ovaries removed if not a full hysterectomy), but once there I just couldn’t do it. I’m only 35 – and can’t imagine being in menopause for the rest of my life. Instead we decided on a 3 month Lupr*n treatment (thankfully it will be during the spring and not in the heat of the summer) – I was on it for 6 months back in 2008 – so 3 isn’t too bad. Once the drug has done its job, I’ll be having a laser laparoscopy which will allow for the doc to hopefully “clean me up”. But to add to the fun, I have to go for another procedure before the surgery to ensure the endo hasn’t reached my bowels. If it has… then it will be a different ball game.
The goal of the surgery is to reduce the pain for a few years. Then when I hit my 40’s I can reassess the situation.
Here’s hoping and praying the next few months are not all that terrible. We have to go ceiling fan shopping this week. The hot flashes will be here before I know it.