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Please help :( this pain is getting unbearable

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MummyTo2MonkeysAnd1Bug Sun 12-Jun-11 13:18:47

I was sterilised on october 2009 at the same time as delivering my daughter by c-section. It was my 3rd section and i was told i could not have anymore sections so sterilisation was the best option. Since then my periods are getting later and later and are ridiculously heavy - im talking 28 superplus tampons and also pads in 24 hrs - and the pain is horrific - strong period cramps with stabbing pains in my lower right side. Also i have to sleep on a waterproof matress protector because every morning when i am on my period i wake up literally soaked in blood from my tummy right down to my knees sad I came on this morning whilst in the shower and i heard the blood hit the bath - its like a tap being turned on full - no build up to it.

I have been backwards and forwards to my gp about this but all they will do is put me onto mefenamic acid, and tell me to take ibuprofen and paracetamol which quite frankly is not doing a thing. I dont know how much longer i can go on like this, i feel drained, weak and just like i want to cry.

I feel like im being fobbed off but surely this isnt normal???

EldonAve Sun 12-Jun-11 13:23:41

demand a gynae referral from your GP

scarlettsmummy2 Sun 12-Jun-11 13:24:03

I am not in anyway shape or form a medical expert, but it doesn't sound remotely normal. I didn't even bleed like that after childbirth.

can you get another opinion? go to a private gp? some of them are not that expensive.

TotalChaos Sun 12-Jun-11 13:54:31

can you see a different GP, agree about looking for gynae referral, you shouldn't just be left to put up with this. since you're not planning on having more children, look into endometrial ablation, it's an op that can sort out hevay periods for good. or some people find mirena coil helpful.

muriel76 Sun 12-Jun-11 14:02:04

Sounds more like a haemorrhage than a period!

When I had DS1 my first period after that was horrendous, similar to you, a tampon every hour etc and so I phoned NHS Direct and they said get a GP appointment today and if you can't, go to A and E.

They treated it very seriously and your GP should be too. I know it's hard when you feel so weak but you need to go and get stroppy and demand a referral to a gynae. You shouldn't have to live like this.

canyou Sun 12-Jun-11 22:07:46

If your GP refuses/delays a referral, next time you have a period or severe pain/bleed go to A&E you will get a referral that way and blood tests for Anaemia etc, My mum had this problem in her late 30's and it has just occurred to me that she was also sterilised [she used to wear nappies if she needed to go out and even then she only went out to bring us to school or to the shop.
Plse look after yourself esp if your GP is dragging their feet.

isthismadness Sun 12-Jun-11 22:12:18

What?
I am medical. This is not normal. You are probably anaemic. You need a scan. It may well be fibroids or something but you need a referral. Maybe see a diff gp if you are getting nowhere with yours. You need to be sure they understand how much blood you are losing

Good luck

QueenStromba Mon 13-Jun-11 00:50:41

Try a different doctor, if you are registered at a large practice then ask the receptionist who's the best doctor for menstrual problems.

You should also get yourself a mooncup, they hold a lot more than a tampon and will help you keep a record of exactly how much blood you are losing. A lot of GPs are terrible for menstrual problems and will assume that you are exaggerating or not remembering stuff properly so if you can keep a diary of times you emptied your mooncup and how full it was then they are more likely to believe you. I once had a female GP tell me that I must have been imagining the fact that I was on for a week then off for a week for a couple of months like that was something difficult to keep track of.

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