- 8 years ago
I’ve had endometriosis since I was a teen and am now 26. I had a really bad day today – I doubled over with pain at work, had to leave, and came home and spent the afternoon in bed crying with pain.
I just feel like my body can’t take it any more! I have the worst stage of endo. I’ve had 3 operations and they were all painful with a long recovery. The endo keeps growing back. My last surgery was in 2008 and they gave me a Mirena IUD. I love the IUD because I don’t get my period. Every now and then though, like today, I bleed just the tiniest bit and the pain is exactly the same as it was before the operations – it completely bowls me over and I can’t work or live my normal life. It feels like long knives are stabbing me all through my abdomen and my tummy swells up hard like a basketball. It’s so disruptive to a career/social life/family life.
The pain today was so bad. I took naproxen but it didn’t help much. I don’t know what to do. I feel like my body can’t take a fourth surgery – plus it costs a fortune, and I’d have to take all that time off work. I have a good specialist but the only other option he has suggested is having a baby asap.
This isn’t an ideal time for me to have a baby. I’m in a very stable relationship with my boyfriend of 6 years, we live together, and are getting engaged this year, but ideally I would like to be married first. I’m also changing my career path so am currently just in a casual job, and would ideally have a career on track before going off to have a baby.
Anyone have tips on coping with the pain, or any advice? I’m so upset the endo has grown back. Should I just bite the bullet and have a baby even though my life isn’t quite ready?