Anyone dealing with Endometriosis

Jessica - posted on 07/28/2009 ( 44 moms have responded )

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I have just found out that I have Endometriosis. I am now trying to make my decesion on what kind of treament to use for it any suggestions. I hope to hear from you all.

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Alicia - posted on 03/20/2011

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Hello Jessica ,and to whomever else that is suffering with endometriosis! I just want to let you all know that I have been suffering with this since I was 18 (I am soon to be 29) and had a laproscopy 2 years ago. That didn't help, actually felt like it made it worse. Well, I am now trying to conceive and can't, I have been trying for almost 2 years now. But anyways, I went into my local health/vitamin store one day, (it is called Vitamin Shoppe) and the lady that worked there knew a lot about what I needed to do to help get rid of the pain and also help to conceive. She told me to try what is called "Propolis". It is made from bee pollen. But if you are allergic to honey or bees, this would not be a great product for you. This stuff has not helped me to get pregnant yet, but it has helped tremendously with my pain!!!!! That, and constant prayers, of course! Also, I am going to do a fertility cleanse within the next few days, which is supposed to tremendously help with getting pregnant as well. So I just want to let you all know that the natural way seems to work best, it does for me anyways. Look up the fertility cleanse kit online sometime if you are suffering from infertility...and DEFINITELY look up "Propolis" if you are just suffering from pain. I have always had severe pain, (especailly after getting off the Depo shot) and this has really helped. It might take a month or two to work in it's full effect, but it works! I know this thread is old, I see...but hopefully I will help someone that ends up reading it!! God bless you ALL, and happy healing!

Julie - posted on 08/10/2009

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I was 25 years old when I was diagnosed, now I am 43.I went through so much pain when I had endometriosis! It was like going through labor pains every month. The bleeding sometimes would last 1 week to 1 month. I became anemic and had to take an iron suppliment. The thing I regret the most is the doctors putting me through menopause 2 times and all the times I had to be put through the pill therapy. Finally I had a total hysterectomy and after that I felt so much better. They tried me on hormone replacement therapy but I started feeling like I felt before the hysterectomy, so I asked to be taken off. Last year I was diagnosed with Avascular Necrosis in my right hip. I had to have my hip replaced at 42 years old. I will also have to have my right knee replaced, left hip, and left knee in the near future. I was also told I have osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and RA. The reason I ended up with all of these problems, is due to the overload of hormones ( Lupron injections, pill therapy, etc.). Had I known then that I would end up where I am now, I would have not gone through everything that I went through. I would have just had the laproscopic surgeries ( 4 of them ), had my 2 children, and then had the hysterectomy. If my daughter ends up with endometriosis, I know what to tell her to do. If you can have any child naturally and deal with the pain, then do not allow the extra hormones to create future damage to your bones.

Shaunie - posted on 08/13/2009

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I have my children and removal is best for me. If you want children, then go for the treatment option. I would tell you to do what's best for you and if it could come back, why put yourself through anything that would be cruel to yourself. I want mine removed going on Monday for a confirmation of it. Good wishes to you.

Shelley - posted on 08/13/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

Anyone dealing with Endometriosis

I have just found out that I have Endometriosis. I am now trying to make my decesion on what kind of treament to use for it any suggestions. I hope to hear from you all.


 

Dawn - posted on 08/08/2009

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I was told I had endometriosis in my early twenties. I have a wonderful Dr. that I love, and he was more than willing to explain all of my options from medications, to surgery ( DNC to clean out the endometriosis and remove scar tissue), to hysterectomy. He told me that would be a last option. I already had two children at this point. I chose to try the hormones ( a very low dosage of birth control.) It seemed to help for a little while, but as time went on it became less effective and my symptoms got worse ( severe cramping and heavy bleeding during periods.) I tryed every kind of pill they had, and they all had the same result, working for a little while and then becoming less effective. I finally agreed to have surgery to get everything cleaned out, and I was much better. I got pregnant 3 more times, 1 resulting in miscarriage and the other 2 were very healthy babies. I tryed the seasonique pill after the last baby ( the one where you only have a period every 3 months.) That was like all the rest just a temp. solution. My last attempt at medication was a pill that would make my body think I was going through menopause to try and eliminate periods all together. It was good for a little while, but I started having every side affect possible, so I had to stop taking it. My Dr. told me that we had tryed everything there was to try and he would do the surgery again to clean all the endo. out , but it would only help temporarily because it would grow back. He told me that I could get a hystorectomy, but it was totally up to me. I thought about it for a while and finally agreed to it. He explained that he would do a partial hysto., removing my uterus but not my overies unless he absolutely had to. That way I would not experience menopause and would not have to take horomone replacement meds. In the end that is exactly what he did, and I have to tell you that is the best thing I have ever done. I do not hurt any more and do not have to deal with the heavy bleeding or any bleeding for that matter. It is great! I am 35 now and much happier without the pain and problems that my endometriosis caused. My best advice is do not let anyone make the decisions for you, way your options and try different things before doing anything drastic. I hope that this helps you.

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Karren - posted on 08/24/2009

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Hello, my daughter has this and she is going in the first of Sept to have surgery, not the big one just a cleaning out... this is her 7-8 one, but her Dr. doesn't want to do the hestrectomy for awhile, he says this will cause more problems. She has had this for about 12 yrs or so. She also has had 2 children, the last one the Dr. doesn't know how she got prego, it was a blessing, she now is 1 yr old.. Karren

Andrea - posted on 08/18/2009

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HI I have had endometriosis for years, I also have PCOS and i have had many op's to clean out everything. I too was told i would not be able to have a child, but after having a lot of acupuncture and taking herbs, I fell pregant with my 1st child 2.5years ago. By being pregant that helped with the endo it did not help with the cysts and all the other stuff. I have had 4 goes at IVF and still can not get pregant. I have been doing acupuncture before doing the IVF and that helped with my cycles. I have now finished with IVF and just doing the acupuncture to help with the cycles. I am planning on trying Mirena for a year. If that fails i will be going for a hysterectomy. But ACUPUNCTURE has helped me alot with pain management. Good Luck... Its tough being a women - could you image a man going through this.

Angela - posted on 08/18/2009

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I had endometriosis. I don't remember how old I was, but it started after my third child was born, and she is now 8 years old. The doctor diagnosed it with a laparoscopy, but he said he could not remove any of it because it was located too close to major arteries. Instead, he gave me a 5-month treatment of Depo shots. The side effects were rather unpleasant, but they were temporary. The endometriosis returned 9 months after stopping the shots, and I put up with it for a few months before making another appointment. I had to wait a month to see the doctor, during which time I did some more research on the disease. Somewhere I read, "Endometriosis is a disease that many women live with all of their adult lives." When I read that, I prayed, "God, You have given me this disease, and if You want me to live with it, then I will be content." At the moment that I accepted it, I believe God miraculously healed me, for I have not had any pain from then to now! The scar tissue left behind did cause some pain for about a year afterwards. It would hurt when I pulled down on the garage door or the minivan hatch and similar activities that used the abdominal muscles. But even that is gone now, and I thank God for it. I'm not saying that coming to terms with it gives you an automatic pass to healing, but I want to give you hope that God can heal you without surgery, or He can give you the grace to bear it.

JC - posted on 08/13/2009

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My daughter was diagnosed with this problem when she was about 14 years old. She was in the emergency room a couple of times, the pain was so bad for her. She has been on a low dose birthcontrol pill since then and has not had very many episodes. Not sure how things are going to be when she decides to have children. Will have to wait and see.

Marla - posted on 08/13/2009

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I had the same problem. I had to have my appendix out and the doctor said I was full of it. I totally understand about the pain, the doctor put me on vicaprofin for it.. It helped me long enough to have my children. I was able to have another child but when I was 37 I had to have a hysterectomy. This was the best move I have ever made!!!

Misty - posted on 08/13/2009

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Hi. I too had Endometroiosis. Sucks! Period cramps were bad....in the back and in the gut. would have my period for 2 weeks...then off for 2 weeks...then get it again for 2 weeks. Finally, had a laporoscopy done and the doc took care of it....momentarily. After having 2 kids, it had come back. I was on Vioxx (now banned) and Vicoden for my pain. I decided for me that enough was enough and got a hysterectomy. Haven't had any problems or regrets since. Good luck!

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I too have endometriosis and had surgery in May, 2008. Unfortunately I am still experiencing the pain, but it is greatly diminished with Chiropractic, yoga and Juice Plus! Anyone looking for additional information email me at omgirl@ymail.com Good luck! Laurie

Shelley - posted on 08/13/2009

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I have always suffered from pelvic pain. Well, I finally found a Dr. to listen to my symptoms. She said I can't really diagnose you till I get in there. On May 13,2009,she went in laproscopic through my belly button. I was in surgery for two hours. I did have endometriosis. She got out what she could see. She also removed my fallopian tubes because they were so scarred. I am on birth control pills to help maintain things. She said if it comes back I will probably have to have a complete hysterectomy. I really struggled with what to do but I knew I wanted some relief. The most important thing is to find a dr. who will listen to you. And mine just happens to be a female. I hope this helps all who is dealing with endometriosis. Take Care and Pray about your health and decisions that you need to make to feel better.

Marica - posted on 08/13/2009

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Please be very careful with taking any any type of Birthcontrol for helping control excessive bleeding. I took Seasonigue for 4-6 months and got a life threatning blood clot in my leg. The drs for a week treated it like a pulled muscle until finally running a doppler and finding my artery in left thigh was almost completely closed by this HUGE blood clot. At any time it could have broke off and went to the lung or brain and I would have been dead, no fixing that type of thing.:(....Please have your blood tested for any clotting abnormalities before starting on any birth control pills and have your daughters checked before placing then on any. I had no idea I had this disorder and have had years of blood workups for various things, and have had major gastric bypass and they never looked for this abnormality before any surgery that I have had in the past. This is very serious, it will take you out without any warning, it is a silent killer. Please use birth control pills with caution.



Just another thought...I took them in my 20's with no problem...so just becuase you arent having any problems doesnt mean something like this isnt lingering waiting to happen. Blessings and take care.

Heather - posted on 08/13/2009

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I had laparoscopic surgery for my endo in the fall and had relief for one month. I do not think that my is all that bad but continued to have issues 2x a month. I have now been on Seasonique for a couple months and no pain or flair-ups. I am trying that for 6 months and then my doc is recommending Lupron if it doesn't work.

Monica - posted on 08/10/2009

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My 17 year old daughter was diagnosed with it last December. She had to get Lupron Injections. They can be done monthly or get a shot that lasts for 3 months. They alos put her on a low dose or birth control durring that time. She had 2 of the 3 month shots and now only take a regular birth control pill.. but only takes the 1st 3 weeks and doesnt take the sugar pill. she immediately starts a new pack every three weeks. It took her about a month before she quit complaining. With the shots and birth control she doesnt have to worry about a period which is a plus for her

Brianne - posted on 08/09/2009

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I found out that I have Endometriosis and I am planning on having a partial hysterectomy next month. I have had so much pain for the last three years and just found out this year what was wrong. I had laporoscopy done in March to find out what was going on and to scrape anything away it did not help at very much so I decided to have surgery I hope to feel much better by October.

Latosha - posted on 08/08/2009

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Hi I'm glad some of your pain is gone but truth is that even after a full histerectomy you will still suffer from some sort of pain. It's sad but true it doesn't matter what type of surgery you have you will always have problems. Trust me I know your pain! Just pray for healing!

Sara - posted on 08/08/2009

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I found out I had endometriosis after I had my son Brayden who is 6 and was trying to get pregnant again. I always had painful and horrible periods when I was younger. I had ultrasounds, a DNC, and was taking the Depo shot every 3 months. But I was still in a lot of pain. Finally my doctor said my only option left was to have a complete hysterectomy. It actually ruined my marriage because having sex was so painful for me. I couldn't be happier since I had my surgery last October. I get down in the dumps real bad when I'm around babies. I think maybe I'll adopt down the road but right now I'm just focusing on my son.

Chalee - posted on 08/08/2009

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On July 29 I went in for a hysterectomy due to massive fibroids inside my uterus. I am 43 and have had 5 babies - so was basically finished with my uterus! I had suffered extreme pain 2 1/2 weeks out of the month and was tired of basing my life around my cycles. When I woke from my surgery, I was informed that my ovaries/tubes were removed also (the plan was to keep ovaries... unless something was wrong when the doc actually got inside). I learned that they the ovaries were surrounded with endometriosis and chances are that what was causing my pain over the past year. I am still recovering but am so glad to know that I will feel so much better and be free of the pain I have been experiencing! My family will be glad to have their 'normal' mom back too! I am dealing with hormone replacement and looking for any knowledge and advice on what works and ways to deal! Good luck!!!

Stephanie - posted on 08/08/2009

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I had thermal ablation done Feb 2008 and the relief came with my first period. My doctor said that eventually I may not even have period no more and may only need a small dose of horomone once a year. My periods now are less painful, last for about 3-4 days and the flow is none managable.

Alyssa - posted on 08/08/2009

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Try and tackle it strong now so it doesn't get worse. I ended up having a total hyst. after battleing for 14yrs. Mine started with laparoscopics surgery then medications to put me into menopause then more laps and stronger drugs then finally the endo turned to cancer and started forming huge cysts and all they could do was remove everything. Let me know if you have more questions.

Rebecca - posted on 08/08/2009

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do not let them take your overies or uterus! youlife will be worse than it is.I had three laparoscopies by a Dr. who is the head of the board at an excellent hospital started by Walt Disney. He put me on progesterone and told me any other Drl would start removing parts. He explained tha when your have your periosm you utrerous sheds, buy there are also endometriosesies outside the uetorous that bleed at the same time and can attach themelseve to any organ in the body, even the brain! A lot of people in this post seem to be talking about natural remedies, but the only two ways to recover or repress are either to take hormones (ie: the pill, progeterone estrogin) because your levels are off and you well get shorter or fewer periods, slowing to progresssion of the disease, and it IS a disease, and needs to be treated as such. The second way is to get pregnant. I was able to get pregnant 3 times and my endo. was the upper half of level 3. Also ask for your levels. level 4 is cancer. Educate yourself carefully, Consult the best in the busniess. Every city has good Drs. - they will have opinnions, just make sure you stay in charge and only remove an overy is the is no other way. If you remove one and then the other gets bad, which is likely, your whole life will changes and not for the best. You should have a laparoscopy for diagnostic purposes. Most Drs. videotape the laparoscopies. Ask to borrow it or copy it. Show it to another Dr. or two and get opinions. You really need to be your own advocate of your body and its'' health. Learn as much as you can, got to the top- ask questions. good luck. I hope this was helpful.

Maria - posted on 08/08/2009

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In 2004 I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst, that was the size of a football. I had it removed and I lost my left ovary. I had my first child in 2005 and everything was great, four months later I find out I' pregnant with my second. I found out in 2006 when I had my second child that I had Endometriosis, I was in constant pain and the heavy bleeding. I was booked in for a laporoscopy but 1 week before I found out I was pregnant with my third. After I had my third I organised to have the laporoscopy and have the marina ring put in. I had that for 6 weeks and nothing happened, everything was still the same. So I was booked in for the hystorectomy, which was the best thing I did. It's been 1 year since the operation and I'm pain free. This year in March I went for my regular check up, cause I was complaining with pressure on my bladder, I was told that I had a cyst on my right ovary with the size of 9.3 cm. I was booked in for the operation straight away. With only one ovary I was worried, I didn't want to be on hormone replacement tablets. I was lucky to have a great specialist to help save as much of the ovary as possible, to not worry about the tablets. I'm 30 yrs old now and I am fighting fit, after 5 years of in and out of hospital and 5 long operations.

Melissa - posted on 08/07/2009

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I suffered from Endometriosis for oh like 6-7 years, after I had my 5 yr. old daughter it got worse, and I had numerous surgerys and then finally 2 yrs. ago I had a hysterectomy, and let me tell you, I've never felt better...it's amazing what taking out a couple parts does, although someone that still wants kids though, this wouldn't be the best, but I knew I didn't want anymore, but yeah that's what I did

Aiza - posted on 08/07/2009

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i was diagnosed to have endometriosis when i was 23 y/o i had 4 ob gyne to take care of it.. but nothing happen they even told me that i may not have any babies.. prove them wrong i have 2 lovely daughters now but still battling w/ endmetriosis my only treatment now is im taking a hormonal pill (contraceptive pill) and have my ultrasound every 6 mos. so far so good it doesnt spread anywhere at hopefelly it wont ever.

Faith - posted on 08/07/2009

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Lera, God Bless you!!! My surgery was like a C section also. the scare is not pretty. I only hope that my problems don't come back. I konw what it is like to deal with pain every day, My three children should n't be either, I am 41 and have had MS for 25 1/2 years. I feel your pain. Hang in there, one day at a time is my motto. Remember...GOD doesn't give us what we can't handle. Faith

Lea - posted on 08/07/2009

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I have had it for too many years. (over 20) Both of my kids should not of been. it's a super hard road but if you have a good doctor you can do it. I have had to many surgeries for the "cleaning" temp fix, Depo was a nightmare, I had every side effect and in the long run it screwed up my hormones. I know things have improved over time but before you inject, cut open take a look at the long run, 5 years from now 10 years and so forth. Because I was opened to many times (first two surgeries were like c-section type openings) I have to much scar tissue, I can't have a hysterectomy or any more cleaning, the chance for major compilations is to great. I live on daily pain meds and keep my pain in tight control. Control is the key never let the pain get out of control it's to hard to get back in control. I wish I had got my diagnosis now things are a lot better. Just keep in mind what you do today WILL effect your tomorrows. Something no one ever told me, and you can't go back and change it.

Faith - posted on 08/07/2009

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Hi jessica, I had surgery for my endometriosis last October 31st. I was DX with it after I had three children and was complaining to my Dr for years that something was bothering me. My oldest is 12 then I have a 9 year old and a 7year old. Both boys were born C section. My problems I believe started after my 1st Csection. My daughter who is in the middle was born natural. Any way, my surgery was to remove adhesions that have been there for years. It was an outpatient surgery and 6 weeks of rest no lifting heavy objects. You have to give yourself time to heal...I never knew haw much we all use our muscles down there until the surgery. My Dr even told me that Cardio workout was not has good for you as a regular AB workout. Becasuse with Cardio, you use alot of muscle. Any how, I feel much better then I have in years. No more horrible cramps when I have my period...my Dr put me on BC too after the surgery I took them for about 8mos then took myself off of them because of the excess water gain I was feeling. I don't know which treatment options are being offered to you....my treatment was less evasive because it wasn't that servere. I believe you will make the right decision for you...in your heart you know what is right for you. Bless you, all will work it self out.

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Get a partial hysterectomy darling! I never felt better after I had my uterus removed. Good luck and stay healthly.

Katherine - posted on 08/06/2009

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I had it and had a laporoscopy-it did wonders!!! It's painful,endo makes periods horrible...they go right through your belly button, no scars and you're laid up for 2-3 days. Good Luck!! Hope this helped.

Nicole - posted on 08/06/2009

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Lynette glad some one brought it up..... I also would seek something natural. There are so many people out there now licensed or are very familiar and trained in health and wellness. do some research for alternative methods read and research you would be surprised with all your options good luck

Lynette - posted on 08/06/2009

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Hi Jessica; I have a sister who had severe Endometriosis about 20 years ago and at that time the only choice they gave her was a hysterectomy. I'm not sure if you are looking for something natural or not, but I own my own health & wellness business and one of the reasons I do is because of a product that changed my life in dealing with periods, and female problems. We have a bioidentical cream that is just amazing. Dr. Chris Osborn has written about it and I know there are several Drs. who also are giving more natural choices. I don't know if you'd like to see if this may be a fit for you or not, but I'd love to hear a bit more about what you went through and what you are experiencing now. Just let me know if we can chat; my e-mail is turnerrlmk@aol.com. Hope you are having a great day! Lynette

Hope - posted on 08/05/2009

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I also have it. Its been a battle for the last 10 years. i dont think anyone really understands how painful it is unless they experience it themselfs. I have had 13 surgerys for it. They started out by doing a lapascopic to scrap away any endo they found. I had alot of it. It would help for awhile but about every 6 to 9 months i was having another one. In 2004 i had my right ovary removed because it was so bad. That help for about a year. Then it was more laposcopics. Then i had my uterus removed last june. I had another lapo and then 2 months ago they took my last ovary...just to tell me that it has spread all over my pelvis..on my bladder and so on. Now there is basically no way over removing it. My suggestion to u is to take any meds u can to control it and go threw with the laposcopic surgerys. If it spreads more it is even more painful! I wish u the best!

Jessica - posted on 07/29/2009

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Thanks to everyones comments I did have the laser surgey last week and was down for a few days and I feel alot better but still a little bit of pain. Sorry I didn't explain myself well enough my decesion I was trying to make is for the Hyterectomy or Hormomes. Thankyou so much for all comments!!!!!!

Christine - posted on 07/29/2009

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I have endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome and was told told having a baby would be very difficult. Last year I had the opportunity to have keyhole surgery where they used a laser to essentially burn away the endometriosis and cysts that I had. I was in hospital for 12 hours and then off work for a week but now I am heavily pregnant due next week on my first try after the recovery from the surgery and have had no problems so far. The surgery gave me the chance to have a baby and was therefore worth it to me. The laser surgery is a temporary fix and wont last forever but as it's not very invasive and recovery is so quick you can have it every few years should that be necessary. Good luck with your decision. Hope this helps... Chrissy

Teri - posted on 07/29/2009

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I also have endometriosis, and at age 41 1/2, my doctor told me the only way to get rid of it was to have a hystoracomy. I have been taking the birth control pill "CRYSELLE" & it helps. Although there are times it feels like it does not. Just hang in there and know that you are not alone with this.

Heather - posted on 07/29/2009

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A few years ago I noticed a painful lump on my left side. As time went on, it seemed to get bigger and more painful, so I went to see the doctor. They had a few ideas, but nothing definite so referred me to get an ultrasound. Meanwhile, the lump got more painful and I ended up in the emergency room. After sitting there for several hours, they could not figure what was going, even after xrays. I was sent home with a big bill and no answers, having to wait to for my ultrasound. I finally had my ultrasound and was told they found a tumor. I was panicked and had to wait 3 weeks for surgery. After I finally had the surgery they found it was not cancer but Endometriosis. Since then, have not had any problems, although my periods seem much heavy and thicker than before.

Sherri - posted on 07/28/2009

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i had Endometriosis and all they did was go in and scrape away any scar tissue i was in there for a day it doesn't leave any scarring and i was able to walk after, mind u because my left side was so messed up with scar tissue and left ovary was behind my uterus they had to do a partial Hysterectomy but u might not be bad off that the surgery will work, i would just recommend the surgery and get it over with . Hope this has helped in some way.

Amelia - posted on 07/28/2009

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Hi there! I also suffer from Endometriosis. it totally sucks. I have tried taking birth control pills continuously to prevent having a preiod. I have tried an injection that basically makes you feel like you have menopause to prevent a period. its all things my doctor suggested. they didnt work for me, but those are some options. I have suffered with this for 6 years now and they only figured it out 2 years ago through laporoscopic surgery. nothing showed on ultrasounds. i have had 3 surgeries because of my endometriosis, hopefully you are one of the lucky ones that dont have to. I'm actually awaiting my fourth surgery and possible fifth. they are going to most likely be invasive surgery. definately, though, take every option your doctor gives you into consideration, look it up in the internet, get all the facts then go from there..

Jodi - posted on 07/28/2009

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If I could also just add that one thing that really helped me make my decisions was getting in touch with my local Endometriosis Association (there is sure to be one near where you are) and talk to others, read lots of books. I armed myself with a lot of information that they were able to provide from their library. They also had support groups where we could share experiences.

Jodi - posted on 07/28/2009

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Jessica, I had endometriosis. Back in those days (I was diagnosed 20 years ago), not a lot was known by most doctors, so I went through all sorts of things to be diagnosed. I finally found a specialist professor at our local womens hospital who ONLY took on patients with the condition.

I did have some minor surgery to remove adhesions, as it also affected my bowel. However, I then did a course of Depo, and it really helped (although it turned me into a monster, LOL). Once I finished that course, we worked on finding a contraceptive pill that worked for me and kept the symptoms at a minimum. It took a while, but it worked. I still had a little pain, but in general I was no longer as uncomfortable as I used to be. I had my son when I was 28, and it is a quick temporary fix - it was at least a year before I had symptoms again. Because of the hormonal changes triggered by pregnancy, I had to change contraception, but I never really had the extreme symptoms I had when I was younger.

And take heart, I conceived very easily 3 times in my mid thirties (unfortunately 2 of those ended in miscarriage), had a daughter when I was 36, no longer take a conraceptive pill and my symptoms have almost disappeared. I have decided not to bother with surgery. I'm sure menopause will cure it in the coming years, LOL.

There are so many options, and I know it is difficult to make such a big decision. I am personally glad I decided not to have the surgery and perservere with hormone treatments. But that is because I hadn't had children, and I wanted to try to leave my options open. However, I do know people who had the surgery after having their children, and have been very happy with that decision.

Amy - posted on 07/28/2009

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I was diagnosed when I was 16, they put me on the Depo shot to try to control bleeding and pain. It worked, but when I stopped the shot, It got worse. My symptoms did go away after I gave birth to my son, pregnancy is a good temp fix. My mom had endometriosis and went about a few years before her symptoms came back. In my situation, we (my husband and I) have decided to wait till we are done making babies to get the surgery done, since I have had no problems between getting knocked up :D. Good luck with your decision making, just make sure that your doc explains everything, options, severity, etc. It wil help you tremendously.

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I have not had this experience myself, but i do know of two friends of mine who have. They both suffered for a very long time with horrible periods, horrilble cramps, etc. They finally decided to have the surgery done to have all of the damage removed. There is a chance that with the endometriosis you will not be able to get pregnant again, if you have the surgery you will feel soo much better, and will have the chance of being able to get pregnant again. I say, why suffer and live in so much pain each month?

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