Re: endometriosis and IBS
Fellow endo sufferer here. I have similar issues- painful sex (depends a lot on position of my uterus...mine likes to prolapse/get disoriented even when the Dr "puts it back"). My endo was located on one ovary and in the cul de sac area of the Uterus. I am planning to try and figure if I have endo, from a GI, in my colon because although the outside looks good, (I had a lapro done to diagnose and remove the endo I had), I have major GI issues and like you, it is terrible first part of my period but also entire first week before I start. I never really noticed a correlation like that until I've been on the Pill (but I've been on it 7yrs). Before, my stomach/colon/cramping was terrible nearly month round, so at least now I can know when to expect it.
Unfortunately as for coping methods, I just learn to live with it but your Dr can prescribe at least for the IBS-D, a med that stars with "hys" I forget what its called, it was, for me, a pill that dissolves in your mouth and it WORKS but for me too well- immediately the D stops but then later you get constipated but if you chase it with a stool softner you may be ok. He also gave me Napraxon, also cant' take as it constipates me worse but I have it on hand should my cramps ever get out of control. While over all the pain is not as bad, my LAP did NOT alleviate the pain and some months its been worse-Dr said that should not be the case. I hope its not back. I have no idea the health of my colon but will find out.
Wish I could offer better advice. Maybe try and see a GI, too, just to be sure it is not more than just IBS? Good luck!!!!!
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