Let the journey begin….I started the shots in December 2012. This would put me into menopause with side effects included severe fatigue, tired muscles, night sweats, acne (felt like I was 16 again), weight gain, joint/muscle aches, hot flashes and depression.
I cannot begin to tell you how awful those 6 months were. I would never wish that upon my worst enemy (well maybe…. Ok, no I wouldn’t). It was miserable, I felt miserable, my body looked miserable, my life was miserable! I tried daily to put on a happy face, but this was wearing me down!
After the 6 months of shots, I had to start taking progesterone to reduce/maintain the levels of estrogen in order to avoid reoccurring endometriosis. After about 2 weeks, I fell into a deep depression. Basically I wanted to quit my job, divorce my husband and leave my kids. I felt like I had hit rock bottom. The progesterone made me depressed, gain weight, suffer memory loss…Oh it was not wonderful! Needless to say, this lead to anti-depressants.
At this point, my journey was becoming more difficult. After a month of progesterone and anti-depressants, I went back to my OB to find out if there were other ways to deal with endometriosis. I could try other drugs; I could acupuncture; I could try pelvic floor therapy as well.
I tried Pelvic floor therapy – I wasn’t a fan! With devices inserted into your vagina and someone telling you to flex your pelvic floor muscles wasn’t something I wanted to do everyday or every other day!