I've just found this community and poured into reading the discussions here. It's been really helpful to gain insight in everyone's unique endo journey and the amazing support system in place!
I am writing because I am debating if I should do the laparoscopic surgery with an endo specialist. My obgyn says it's the only way to diagnose it. We've tried an MRI and colonoscopy with 0 findings.
I'm suffering from severe cramps every month, usually with 1 day where I would not manage without taking pain relievers. I usually need to lie down for the entire day. It also comes with bad bloating, heavy bleeding, lower back pain and the feeling of complete exhaustion. My periods last for 7 days, sometimes 10. I used to have UTIs pretty commonly but that's now under control, and had pain on my right abdomen that my GP thought it was Crohn's or IBS. Reflux comes and goes as well.
I'm just worried that I'm over-reacting on my pain (I have low tolerance), or that I'm really not bleeding that heavy. The symptoms align but it's hard to gauge what "very painful" or "heavy bleeding" is. And what if I go through the process of surgery and it was all for nothing? What would you do?