I'm 42 and have had 2 children. Around age 38/39 my periods became increasingly painful. Since I started my period at age 13, I would cramp for the first 2 hours on the first day, and that would be all. The cramps were rough, even then, but I handled it well. It only lasted 2 hours.
Here I am now, and the only way I can accurately describe the pain is Labor like. Celebrex or Motrin just takes the edge off, but I have gastro problems and I really should not take those meds. My pain last well beyond the first two hours of the first day. I have to medicate myself for 3-4 days. If not, it is on a scale of 1-10 an 8. After it's all over, I have gastro issues because I should not be taking NSAIDS. Tylenol just does not cut it.
I saw my gyn doc and he performed a uterine biopsy with negative results. During the biopsy he was very surprised that my cervix was "slammed shut". He said cervical stenosis could very well be causing my intense pain. He said the menstrual fluid was not able to get out, so the uterus contracts even harder to get it out.
He dilated the cervix, and took the biopsy. He told me to come back if I continue to have problems. I have. Nothing has changed. I believe he assumed dilating my cervix would help?
Since that exam, two things have happened. 1. pain AFTER sex. It's in my lower tummy pelvic area. It feels like it's bruised. This goes on for a day, then stops. 2. Since that exam, about two days after my period stops, I start having a brown/pinkish discharge. Looks like old blood. This has never happened to me before!
I feel like I'm a mess. He did tell me he was open to doing a lap procedure. Question, what's going on since my uterine biopsy? Does a lap just look into the pelvic area, minus the uterus?
I do hope I've been clear enough about what's going on with me. I'm currently having to deal with chronic anxiety, digestive issues, and now this.
Any words of advice please?