Hi, all - my name is Bonnie. I live in a little town outside of Memphis, and have lived in this area all but 4 years of my life. I'm 22 (23 next month), and was "officially" diagnosed (but without the aid of a laparoscopy or ultrasound) with endometriosis earlier this year.
I've always had painful periods, but they run in my family, so I figured it was just something I'd have to deal with, and that it couldn't really get any worse.
Well, over the past few years, it HAS gotten steadily worse...over this last year, it's reached a peak. I can't say if it's THE peak, for obvious reasons, but I'm at the worst point I've ever been.
I'm currently on Seasonale to keep me from having monthly periods. The intention was to keep me from having such horrible cramps all the time, but I get those, anyway (daily), so at least I only have one period every 3 months. Even if that period lasts 3 weeks (supposedly a side effect of Seasonale that will go away after 9 months' use...I've only been on it for 6). The first Seasonale period lasted 20 days, complete with the fun side effects of endo that everyone hears about in conjunction with the "you definitely have it" diagnosis: pain while urinating and defecating. Yay. Sharp pain, too.
So there's that. Like I said, I haven't had a laparoscopy yet, because of insurance issues, but I should be getting those squared away soon, and then I will be able to better grasp where I am in terms of what I will need to do in the future for treatment.
I don't feel this is a very great background entry, but it's all I can muster up right now. I will be posting most of my endo thoughts/experiences in here, so I'm sure you'll hear more about me as time goes on.
So there's that.