Endometiosis??? Cysts on Ovaries??
I have a doctor's appointment March 17 to FINALLY find out what is really wrong with me. They've diagnosed me over the years with all sorts of things, and I always thought they were wrong. Now I'm pretty certain. One of their diagnosis was "spastic colon". They advised that I change the foods I eat (more fiber, no popcorn or nuts, etc) and avoid stress. yeah, right, whatever! The diet change didn't make a difference. And I feel like my life is not all that stressful anyway. It's actually less stressful now then it was 8 years ago when the symptoms began. But now the problem is worse--much worse.
About 8 or 9 years ago, I was having severe pain on my left side, sometimes in my back too, accompanied by kidney infections frequently. So that was their diagnosis - Urinary tract infection. So they cured the infection, but the pain still came and went. Another doc said "spastic colon". And another said "diverticulitis" (another colon problem). Mind you, they did no exams and no tests. They based their opinion on my symptoms and their experience.
I did everything they told me and the pain became more and more frequent over the years. I haven't had a kidney infection in a couple of years, so I'm pretty certain my kidney is not the problem.
But now the pain is constant. I've also begun bleeding almost non-stop. At first I thought I was going thru menopause. I'm 40, so it's about time for that nonsense. This past month, I've had about 4 days without bleeding. I've been in a great deal of pain and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. There doesn't seem to be anything I do or eat that causes it.
From the pain or from the blood loss, I'm fatigued everyday. Occasionally there's a good day, like today, where I don't feel like I wanna sleep all day. But it's wearing me out! That's really why I called doc and made an appointment. The pain I've endured for years. So I could continue to ignore that. The bleeding is a nuisance as I love to swim and joined a gym for just that purpose and have only been able to use it four days this month. But being tired and napping the day away is NOT me!! I've begun taking Iron pills and eating Post Raisin Brand (60% iron per serving) since I figure I'm probably anemic.
So I'm wondering if this sounds like symptoms of cysts on my ovary or endometriosis. Have any of you endured anything like this? If so, how were you cured--pills or surgery? If it turns out I must have surgery, how long will I be bedridden? And how long will it be before I'm back to normal? Any information and advice is appreciated.