I spent the day in A&E yesterday. I came on in the morning, took my pain killers and got in the bath as usual only for the pain to get worse and worse. After a two hour bath, 2 co-codamol and 2 mefenamic acid I was still crying and shaking in agony, rolling around on my sofa. I had no stronger pain meds so my Mum took me up to A&E. I really wasn't expecting anything other than some pain relief as that's all they've done before.
I felt like somebody had passed a red hot poker through my right side where my sticky ovary is, just assumed it was being pulled by my menstrual cramps. I got put into a private room immediately and a Dr came to see me within 10mins
Within half an hour I'd been given oramorph, had bloods and urine taken and was told the gynea consultant would be with me within the hour!!! I really don't know what's happened at St Richards in Chichester but they've obviously had a massive kick up the back side. Not once did they make me feel like I was a burden or wasting their time, they actually seemed to care
Within 40mins the gynea cons was with me, she did an internal and took swabs. She then asked me if I had any questions about my condition because she didn't think I knew how bad I am. I told her what I was aware of and she smiled and said.....
"OK, you have endometriosis which was non active at your last lap which means you have endo there but it wasn't bleeding or swollen at the time. You are full of scarring and adhesions which is pinning your right ovary to the back of your womb. All of this will cause you a lot of pain when you have your period or ovulate. The pain you are suffering from today, I believe to be your menstrual cramps cutting off the blood supply to your sticky, right ovary. Basically like a heart attack but in your ovary which the mefenamic acid will relieve once built up in your blood. I don't know why you were told you don't have enough wrong with you to cause this amount of pain, to me it's quite obvious that all that combined would be agony. I'm sending you for an ultrasound on tuesday just to make sure nothing has changed since your lap in September. Unfortunately because of your age it would be more damaging to remove the ovary and there isn't much we can do to prevent this happening again. My advice is to come to A&E every time you hurt like this and we can give you enough pain relief to make you comfortable. Never think you are wasting our time, nobody should be left to suffer like that. Have I said anything that's confused you? or do you have any questions?"
I sat there in shock. This was the first Dr to take me properly seriously, what she said made perfect sense and she made me feel like I was actually being taken care of. She came back to check on me every half an hour or so, told me what was going on with lab results etc. I spent the day there and she made sure my pain had completely gone for at least 4 hours before letting me go home. She gave me the option of staying over night because she wanted me to rest, made my Mum promise I wouldn't be left alone for at least 48 hours once I was discharged.
I am so pleased with the improvements at the hospital and I hope I see her next time I have to go. After my GP sending me to CBT saying my pain was in my head, I now find out that I'm NOT CRAZY!!!
I hope this is a nation wide improvement to the NHS so that all us ladies get treated fairly for once.