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"Women's problems"

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by rayondesoleil1976, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. rayondesoleil1976

    rayondesoleil1976 Occasional commenter

    My title is ironic and facetious. The weekend before an inspection I have been totally incapacitated. I have been dosed up on ponstan and cocodamol (which I hate taking) and still good for nothing. Still in quite a lot of pain - ok, no fainting, throwing up and I was able to straighten up this time when I stood up - but I'm still not exactly functional. I'm 40, no children, can't take anything hormonal... Really feeling my options are limited. I could not have gone into work the way I was over the weekend. Really hate planning things around these few days in the month. Has anyone tried Chinese medicine or any other alternative therapies. I'd be happy with a placebo effect! I have other health issues which I can manage. It's so frustrating that this thing that is meant to happen every month has such an impact on my every day functioning.

    Thanks. Hoping I don't double up in front of the inspectors today.
  2. s10327

    s10327 Occasional commenter

    Oh dear, hope everything was okay.
  3. frangipani123

    frangipani123 Lead commenter

    I used to take Feminax and Evening Primrose oil which helped to an extent. If you get a hospital referral they'll suggest a hysterectomy. Hope you're feeling better.
  4. Sorrim

    Sorrim Occasional commenter

    Have you been checked out for Endometriosis?

    I had exactly the same symptoms and was completely debilitated for several days each month, until I realised, after talking to women friends, that what I had wasn't normal pain.
    I hope things went ok for you.
    Love Sorrim x x
  5. rayondesoleil1976

    rayondesoleil1976 Occasional commenter

    Thank you. I am surviving. I was wondering about endometriosis. The only doctor who ever mentioned it to me was a haematologist... the haematologist who diagnosed scleroderma... I'm scared what he will think of next! Being referred to gynaecology for other reasons. Maybe they will come up with something. It's a real bind. I do actually dread that end of the month. And I know a hysterectomy would only create a whole new set of problems.
  6. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    Ladies I know who have had this surgery report nothing but positive results, and great relief at the end of crippling pain.
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  7. lucyrose50

    lucyrose50 Occasional commenter

    This sort of pain can be caused by endometriosis or fibroids, both of which can be treated without having a hysterectomy, so if a doctor tells you this is the only option then get a second opinion! I've had fibroids since my 20s, and was suspected of having endo at one point as well (minor exploratory surgery ruled that out). Fibroids don't generally cause any symptoms, but they can cause pain, heavy periods and a range of other issues. I had one that was pressing on my bladder and another on my sciatic nerve so they were causing me problems, so I went to my GP to see what could be done. I was appalled when my GP casually said "I'll refer you to a gynaecologist, you'll probably have to have a hysterectomy". I was only 27 and hadn't yet had children, and I was horrified by how little compassion or empathy the GP had by just announcing this and sending me on my way. Fortunately I knew a lot about fibroids as several members of my family had already had surgery for them so I knew hysterectomy wasn't the only option and certainly wouldn't be likely for someone my age, but for anyone who didn't know anything about the condition it could have been devastating to be told this and then have to wait several months to see a specialist. When I saw the gynaecologist, I told him what the GP had said and he said that he would NEVER consider a hysterectomy in someone so young or who hadn't had children, unless all other treatments had been unsuccessful. He was also appalled at the GP's thoughtlessness in saying this and spent some time grumbling about GPs who think they know everything! On the other hand, my mum had a hysterectomy when she was about 45 because of fibroids causing ridiculously heavy and painful periods, and she has no regrets at all. The hysterectomy surgery is now much less invasive as well, as it can be done through keyhole surgery so the recovery time is much shorter than when my mum had it done in the late 90s.
  8. rayondesoleil1976

    rayondesoleil1976 Occasional commenter

    Funny getting a reply to this post when, hey presto, it is indeed that time of the month again. I tried to get in there early with the Ponstan. This time I didn't mess about with half doses. I'm still in pain, feeling sick and incredibly drawn and weepy. Hope I feel better for tomorrow. Had to take Friday off with a migraine. Will take paracetamol to see if that helps anymore. Thanks for the info re fibroids.

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