Since April of 2008, I have had "episodes" almost every month where I don't feel well at all. Here is a little background.
I was on birth control pills (Loestrin 24) until December 2007. I resumed taking them in September 2008. I've never had problems with them before (I've been on them for over 10 years). I also did not get pregnant during the time that I was off of them.
Every month around the week before and during my period, I get the same symptoms- bad cramps, nausea, severe bloating, shaking/chills (no fever), weakness, lower back pain, no appetite, gurgly stomach, bouts of diarrhea, occasional sharp pains while passing stool, fatigue, headaches, cloudy/fuzzy head, heartburn and occasional acid reflux. My OB/GYN has done an ultrasound to check for cysts or fibroids, but it came back normal. She suggested changing my birth control to Seasonique, but I don't think that will change my symptoms every month and I'm a little hesitant to only have 4 periods a year. Blood tests have come back normal. I'm having a hard time finding a doctor that will listen to me and work with me. I don't want to chalk it up to bad periods- I have never had periods that have knocked me out for 2-3 weeks out of the month.
I have a consultation with a gastroenterologist this week, who will hopefully be able to help me out. I also plan to find a new OB/GYN who will hopefully work with me as well.
In the meantime, I ask for your opinion based on the information above. After researching online, I have come up with 3 possible causes: endometriosis, diverticulitis, or gall bladder. Do any of these sound right?
I had almost the same symptoms since I was 9 years old. I have been trying to find the solution. I am currently seeking out natural medicine to find a solution since I am tired of doctors so I seeked out help from Chinese doctor who specializes in natural medicine.
I found him to be very helpful. Although I have not had the nauseousness, shakes, hot cold flashes in awhile, and the occasional diarrhea during and getting really sick to my stomach feeling for awhile. Recently though I did get really sick and I got these symptoms. I don't know if it is the medicine trying to fix the problem.
Health is another factor. I found out from the Chinese doctor that my liver is bad so that could be a major factor as to why I get these symptoms. Also diet is important. The way you eat affects the way your period is. I also have a thyroid problem that I am trying to get under control.
I find that when I am in my period there are certain things I can't eat. Like any cheese products make me sick.
Let me know how the gastroenterologis went. I would like to know if he or she provided any helpful suggestions.
I never updated this, but I did find a solution back then. I found a new OB/GYN who did another ultrasound- nothing was found, except for a small fibroid. The symptoms continued. I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy done by a GI doc, and while I had inflammation in my stomach lining, there was no explanation. The GI suggested focusing on a treatment plan with my OB/GYN since my symptoms flared up during my monthly cycle.
I agreed to exploratory laparoscopic surgery. My new OB/GYN found a softball sized cyst on my ovary, and confirmed endometriosis (Stage 1). He removed the cyst, and I got started on birth control pills again (FemCon FE). I felt like a brand new person! My troubles were gone! I felt like the cyst was the problem.
Be persistant! Don't take no for an answer. 3 years later, I'm finding myself having the SAME problems. I know it has to do with my endometriosis, but I don't know if there is another cyst. I had another ultrasound done earlier this year, which confirmed another small fibroid had grown (so now I have 2), but no cysts were found (no cysts were found on my original ultrasound 3 years ago either). If my symptoms keep up, I'll be asking for another ultrasound later on in the year, and then last resort is another surgery.