I'm a first-timer here. I have my first exploratory laparoscopy (via CO2 laser) scheduled for day after tomorrow (Tuesday) and... well, I'm terrified.
I'm 27 years old and have never had a child. I first got my period when I was 12 and suffered from intense cramps and excessive bleeding (as in, bleeding through a Super Plus absorbancy tampon in a matter of an hour). My periods would last 2 weeks at a time. I was put on Depo-Provera at 13 because I became anemic and finally stopped it when I was in my early 20's due to weight gain and mood swings.
I never really knew I even HAD Endometriosis symptoms since the Depo caused me to hardly *ever* have a period. When I got off of it though, I began developing painful ovarian cysts, pain during intercourse, flank pain, pain during urination and chronic fatigue. I also get these strange sensations where it feels like someone is literally jabbing a knife "up there" (not to be gross, but I'm sure y'all have heard it all before). The ovarian cysts favor my left ovary. There are times where it literally pains me to bare down on my left foot when I walk because that whole area just throbs. And not even necessarily during/around my periods (which are near impossible to predict).
I was uninsured for years and kept having to go to the ER for the symptoms. They did a pelvic ultrasound and said I had a 2cm "functional cyst", pumped me full of morphine and then home I went.
Another time, they did a pelvic exam, told me my cervix was inflamed and then gave me a differential diagnosis of PID... which sent me REELING. My husband and I have been monogamous for 7 years. When I told the ER doctor this, he responded with, "Yeah, well, all it takes is one" and gave me an injection of Doxycycline (antibiotics). I let them do the injection thinking maybe it would help the symptoms, regardless of what they thought it was that I had. It didn't help.
When I finally got insurance, I went to see an OB/GYN. She said Endometriosis was definitely possible. My mother has had 3 laparoscopies due to excessive Endo. My little sister was conceived via IVF. My aunt (father's sister) had it so bad, she had to have a complete hystorectomy at 32. The genetic factor is there. My biggest worry/concern is that the physical evidence won't be when they go in to do the laparoscopy.
I want a diagnosis more than anything. I know this isn't inside my head. My family and OB/GYN knows this too. I just wanted to share my story and see if any of you felt the same way (nervous about obtaining a diagnosis) prior to a laparoscopy. Also wanted to see if anyone was initially diagnosed with having a "functional cyst" which ended up actually being a chocolate cyst/endometrioma. I'm not even worried about the procedure itself, regardless of the fact that this will be my first ever surgery of any kind... I just worry about the findings. Or in this case, lack thereof.
Thank you all.