For a while now I have thought I might have endo. I am a twenty year old female and began getting my period when I was around eleven years old. My periods have always been quite heavy, and I usually bleed for about six days, the first 3 are very heavy and then suddently it is very very light. When I was in highschool I would miss days every month because I just wouldn't be able to come in. If I do not take any pain relievers, and most of the time, if I don't take more than the recommended amount, I am crawling on the floor crying. It is terrible. No one on my family has been diagnosed with endo, although my half sister had very very painful periods as well, which (the pain) went away shortly after she had children.
I am almost afraid to go to the doctor because I am afraid of knowing, and most of all the incision they have to make and do in order to confirm or deny whether I have it or not. The whole procedure does not make me comfortable and makes me very uneasy. I have told my doctor before that I had very painful periods and that most of the time I cannot even relieve the pain with pain relievers and she asked if I wanted something prescription stronger, which quite frankly upset me because I want to fix the problem, not be taking prescription painkillers for a week every month. I do not like the idea of taking so much medication to begin with. It scares me to think of how many pills I have to take, and that I end up taking more than it says on the bottle to take, just to relieve this pain. This would most certainly cause long term damage to my liver.
I just can't stand feeling so miserable. I dread getting my period. A couple years ago I got terribly sick to the point where I thought I was going to die and called the ambulance. I can't eat on my period, I have no appetite, I am constantly taking pills, and I ended up throwing up and gagging for HOURS and hours, I couldn't stop. When I went to the ER they hooked me up, gave me an IV and ran some tests. Basically did nothing, the women at the check in were especially rude and told a friend of mine that people need to just deal with their periods.
Does anyone have any advice on what I should do from here? Who I should see?