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I have chronic period pain every day of the month. Birth control helps but as soon as i stop it it is unbearable. I've been to my local doctor who sent me for ultra sound and everything is clear and said it was hormonal. He has since changed the current birth control pill I was on and said to take panadine forte until I can start the new pill. Is there anything else I can take or do to stop having these bed ridden pains?

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replied August 8th, 2012
Birth Control Answer A37841
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The symptoms that you describe suggest possibility of endometriosis, adenomyosis etc. Common imaging techniques can fail to detect endometriosis changes. A laparoscopic examination done is more helpful, and if endometriosis is detected, these can be removed at the same session. The presence of pelvic adhesions can also be a cause for severe symptoms and these too can be treated at time of laparoscopic evaluation. Post-surgery, women have better recovery and long term relief if treatment is combined with regression therapy with use of hormones. Endometriosis symptoms can persist or recur if estrogen production or supplementation is present. Symptoms can also persist if there has been deep retroperitoneal endometriosis (as these places are not easily reachable with conventional laparoscopy). Discuss your symptoms in detail with your treating doctor/gynecologist (not GP). Consider being in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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