Discussions By Condition: Endometrial conditions

Not sure if really endo (long)

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  • Posted By: kimstroz
  • June 1, 2007
  • 01:18 PM

I have some combined symptoms, but the only conclusion my gynecologist(s) come to is endometriosis. Last fall, I began to experience unspecific abdominal pain in the right side (I had been off birth control for 10 months after using it for 12 years). I had ultrasounds and MRI, but nothing showed up other than the pain.

In February, I began to have alternating periods of vaginal dryness, white discharge, lack of discharge and irritation on my labia/clitoris right before my period and then it returned after. I was diagnosised with an unspecific bacterial infection (which was thought to be a yeast infections). The abdominal pain continued, so the doctor prescribed a low dose birth control and suggest laproscopy (which I can't get at the moment because of my insurance). The suppositories helped a bit, but the problem did not go away. I was given another medication and this did not help. I went to another doctor and she said some of the symptoms might be related to the low dosage of estogen in the pills, so she prescribed Orthrocyclen and suggested I take it continously to alleviate the endometriosis. It helped initially, but I still have alternatining periods of strange discharge and redness along with the constant abdominal pain. I am now on the 2nd month of the pill. Two days a month I seem to be normal with my normal discharge and on these two days, I don't have abdominal pain. I've had smears done, but they come out normal. The abdominal pain and vaginal discomfort seem to be connected, but this does not seem to be normal for endometriosis. I am wary about having surgery and not having the problem solved. Any ideas or people with similar symptoms?

It is really beginning to affect my life because I get depressed over the pain (which restricts me from exercising and now I've gained a little weight). I also also very irritable with my work colleagues....I am 33, in a relationship and have never been pregnant. Thanks for any advice.

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  • I'm surprised the doctors diagnosed you with endometriosis. The symptoms you described, vaginal discharge, dryness and irritation do not fit with any definition of endometriosis that I've ever heard. Most women with endo have pelvic pain (not abdominal pain), heavy periods, bleeding between periods, bowel problems, and problems with infertility. Your symptoms sound more like an infection or STD to me. I would get a second opinion if I were you.
    hnblock22 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Possibly pelvic inflamitory disease, it can be caused by a number of things, STD's, miscarriage or abortion are causes i know of. The best way to diagnose this is by laproscopy (spelling?) If it is this it is very important to get this treated as it can be life threating in rare cases or lead to infertility......this happened to me & i ended up seriously ill, spent 4wks in hospital fighting for my life. Dont want it to happen to anyone else ! I wish u well :)
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
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