My latest treatment plan to try and ease my abdominal pain is to put me into medically induced menopause for a couple of months to shut down my reproductive system and hormones to see if giving them a rest will reduce the pain. It is also a treatment option for endometriosis so if it does help with the pain then that will be a good indicator that endometriosis is causing all this pain. The menopause is triggered by a medication called Zoladex (Goserelin) which is given to you by an injection which releases a pellet the size of a grain of rice into your abdomen and you have to get the injection every four weeks. For the first two weeks I will continue to take my pill and then after that I will start hormone replacement therapy through a patch.
I thought I would document my journey through menopause because it’s not every day such a young person has to go through it.
My gyanecologist told me that I won’t experience any side effects for the first two weeks and then after that I will start to experience symptoms that may include but is not limited to:
Breast swelling and tenderness
Loss of appetite
Sleep problems such as insomnia
Mild skin rash and itching
Some of those symptoms are side effects of the injection but a lot of them are the same symptoms a lady in her 40s-50s would get if they were to go through menopause naturally.
The injection itself really really hurt for me, it was not fun at all. The injection site and around it has become a little bruised and is a little tender to the touch but going ok. The needle isn’t massive but is bigger than a needle you would use to get a blood test done.
I’m feeling pretty down at the moment. I guess I never thought that I would have to experience menopause so early in life and have to go through all those side effects. I’m trying to remember that it might take away my pain and I will get some quality of life back and to not think that my body might reject it and I’ll have a really crappy time with it. If it relieves some of the pain so I can function during the day then I will be happy.
I’ll let you know if and when I experience the side effects and how I go with the hormone replacement therapy.
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