Hi. I am a 33 year old woman who has had 2 live births. After the birth of my second child in 2009, I had a tubal ligation. I also started having incredibly irregular and heavy periods accompanied by extreme cramps, bloating, fatigue, constant pelvic aches that radiate down my legs, a feeling of pressure in my lower abdomen. At the time, I was put on birth control pills and told they would help regulate things and that it was probably just a hormone imbalance. My symptoms persisted on the pills, and I eventually moved and found a new doctor. (I should add that during this period I had a transvginal U/S that showed enlarged uterus and 3 ovarian cysts. They weren't concerned at this time, since I had had a child within the last year)
(2010)The second doctor also prescribed me birth control and put me on anxiety medication, stating that it was probably in my head. During this time I also started experiencing night sweats on occasion. She had a blood panel done, stating that I could be expieriencing early menopause symptoms. It came back negative. She sent me for no further testing.
(2013)My pain has worsened and become more persistent. Ibuprofen and a heating pad provide some relief, but not much. My periods are even heavier than they were before. At my husbands urging, I found a new dr. My new dr did a pelvic exam my first appointment and told me my uterus felt enlarged. I was then sent for an transvaginal ultrasound. (both the pelvic and the u/s were painful for me and left me in pain for days. After the U/S I experienced black, clumpy discharge. After a call to my Dr I was told this was probably 'old blood' being expelled by uterine cramping.) He found no fibroids, but there was a small hemorrhagic cyst on one of my ovaries. U/S also showed enlarged uterus and he said my lining appeared thicker than it should be. He believes from my symptoms and uterus, that I have adenomyosis. I was wondering if Adenomyosis is indeed a explanation for all of these recurring symptoms, and if hysterectomy is the best route, as that is what he's recommending. Since my last appointment I was in the ER for dizzy spells and a fainting episode following a period even heavier than mine normally are.
*Reposting this as it was accidently deleted. I also added a few more details I left out in the original post.
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