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    @Blown Ghost:
    What kind of pain it is, where you feel it, if it happens some times of the month more than others, does it get worse when you move or do certain activities, etc. I am interested to hear this from anyone who has either of these conditions because I'd like to understand how it affects your daily lifestyle in ways that a medical article wouldn't cover.
    I'll do my best to help you understand. Just bear with me because I may use wierd analogies to help.

    All of my pain (usually) is during menstration. It starts with a sensation similiar to a pinched nerve in my lower back, then goes down my legs. I also have pain in my lower abdomen that, when I described it to my male buddies, immediately said that it was similar to being kicked in the nuts.

    If it's going to be a bad month, I will begin to get nauseous and see spots. I usually bleed so badly I must wear an adult diaper or risk looking like a murder victim (and to save my poor sheets). This means I must take iron pills while this is going on to prevent my iron from getting too low.

    Sometimes activity helps, usually in pacing. So sometimes I will pace for hours. Also, a temperature below 78 degrees makes the cramping much worse.

    Oddly enough, I also cramp during ovulation. Similar symptoms as described, only much more mild.
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    um may I be bold and ask how bad is bad scarring?

    I just asked b/c my mom had really bad scarring and even a blown fallopian tube due to a burst eptopic pregnancy, and then managed to have 2 more children. I don't say this to get your hopes up, I know it's painful and uncomfortable, my sister has it, she still had 2 children but has had a slew of other complications.

    As for your mom she is obviously having a hard time with the news. hopefully in time she calms down and becomes more rational. You are in no way responsible for medical conditions that you cannot control.. Someone else made mention that she(your mom) had it and suggested that she (mom) too did something to upset God.... *rolls eyes* That made me laugh.

    Wish there was something they could do to help. I would seriously look into options that help limit your menstrual cycle.
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    Being a fellow military chick, I feel your pain.. not everyone is very approving of my career choice either. Luckily, my immediate family is very supportive and proud.

    Back to you. Your mother is obviously having trouble accepting the news.. if it wasn't your career, she'd probably find something else to blame it on though. People tend to do that. Imo, if anything, the correct religious thing to quote would be that God never gives one more than they can handle. God doesn't set people up for failure.. only for the chance at success.

    I agree with Halla's statement.. being infertile doesn't mean not having kids anymore, so if they are in your future, you'll be just fine. Whether adoption, or working with children, or having a surrogate mother is in the future, you'll find a way to be satisfied and fine with it. I think I would be disturbed to have the choice of natural pregnancy taken from me suddenly as well, even though I have no intentions of having my own children.

    As for the Endo itself. Sorry to hear it. The pain is there, and always will be. My hips have damage from the wear of the gear overseas, which sped up a normally quite slow process. When it comes to things like this, knowing your body is a big deal. I would normally recommend proper hydration (as proper hydration is known to ease the pain of normal periods as well), but a fellow soldier already knows the importance of that.

    Currently, Im in a situation that you described above.. the pain being so harsh that I'm taking more than recommended doses of over the counter medications to offset it so I can operate, and I'm way more tired than I ought to be, but so far no Endo has been found. Outside of pain medication, nothing else much helps me, and I just have to do my best when I can. This makes me worry that endo could be a diagnosis in my future.. :\
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    I had a good friend with severe endometreosis who was a missionary. Going out specifically to do God's work in various 3rd world countries for years didn't alter her condition one little bit. Not that that's why she was doing it. So shut yer yap, WC's mom! :steam:

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    I cramp during ovulation too, sometimes ferociously. I have a friend who does the same thing. It's something that started up some time within the last 10 years. Used to be I'd just get really hormonal and my ovaries would start saying "BAAAAAABBBIIIEESSSS!!!!" while I dutifully ignored them. Now it's my ovaries shouting at me to breed while cramping.

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    I'm so sorry to hear that WildCard.

    Just curious as to why have to wait two years to have surgery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WildCard View Post
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    Sometimes activity helps, usually in pacing. So sometimes I will pace for hours. Also, a temperature below 78 degrees makes the cramping much worse.

    Oddly enough, I also cramp during ovulation. Similar symptoms as described, only much more mild.
    Ouch! Thank you for writing that for me. That must make your job extra difficult. It is disappointing that your mother isn't supportive. How about your co-workers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildCard View Post
    My mom seems to be taking it rather badly and has pulled religion into it. I believe she told me that since I "pursued a career not meant for a woman" God "cursed" me to be barren.
    WTF.

    Anyway, I have the same problem. It's painful, and a major pain in the ass. My mother and all her sisters had the same problem, and the cycle of 'treatment' usually was that you deal with it until you can't deal anymore, then they will stick an instrument through your bellybutton and laser that shit out of you. Then it will eventually grow back, and you will just have to keep getting it done every few years until you have a hysterectomy.

    I really don't want children, so I guess the sterility part didn't bother me. A lot of my relatives that had endometriosis still bore children, though, so you might be okay in that respect.

    Some people already mentioned birth control. If you're not already on it, I would definitely recommend it, too. You might consider methods of birth control that make your period stop completely, or make them come less frequently than every month. I haven't tried this since I find the idea of not having a period every month to be sort of unusual, but every doctor I've talked to has strongly recommended it.

    Good luck!

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    I've had cysts on my ovaries before, so I know the pain you are going through; it's unbelievable. Mine actually came too often when I was younger, that's why the cysts occurred in the first place. When I first noticed something was wrong. the pain was so powerful, that i felt like someone was stabbing me, I started seeing black dots and shaking, shortly after, I passed out. My mom thought I was over reacting, but it got worse from there. Some nights I couldn't even sleep, I'd be crying from the pain so often. I lived on Ibuprofen during those days. They regulated be with BirthControl. that stuff is magic.

    Sometimes I wonder how much damage it has done on me, even though my doctors said that I would be fine. Something that can be that painful must leave a trace. I've gotten so used to the pain, that sometimes I can't tell the difference between regular pain and pain that is not supposed to be there.

    I don't have Endometriosis, but i'm sorry to hear you do. It must be very difficult for you and your mother. I can't imagine how much worse your condition must feel like.

    if it makes you feel any better, know that I too know how it feels to go through something that causes you pain and then have your parents tell you that you were "cursed by god" for something you do not think is wrong. So there are members on the forum who you can relate to : )

    I for one, admire that you're in the army, it's something I've always wanted to do.

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    I wish I could tolerate birth control pills. They totally do me in, make me horrendously ill. The up shot, periods don't hurt. The down, my whole body felt like it'd been slammed in a car door and my heart rate was skipping and wildly fluctuating.
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