Useful Information about your pelivic pain endometriosis treatment
A complex history will be taken by the consultant, below are a list of the questions you will be asked, it may help to make some notes to bring with you to your appointment to enable you to remember.
Thinking about your pain
How long have you had it?
Location e.g. low abdomen, radiating into the legs, in the lower back
How long does it last for?
Does anything relieve or make it worse?
Does is coincide with your periods?
Does your pain have an effect on your home/social/work life on your relationship?
Do you have pain on intercourse, opening your bowels, passing urine, physical activity, when eating food?
Analgesia you take
How many day in the month is analgesia required?
Any other coping strategies i.e. hot water bottles, tens machines, yoga?
Bowel - Do you have any of the following symptoms?
Urgency, constipation/diarrhoea, pain when opening your bowels, blood in your stools, bloating
Bladder – Do you have any of the following symptoms?
Frequent voiding in the day or night, Pain or stinging on passing urine, leakage of urine when you urgently need the toilet or when exercising. Is there any blood in your urine?
Previous treatments tried for pelvic pain endometriosis and how effective they were.
Have you had any recent investigations for endometriosis, swabs, scans etc. date of test and location?
Previous surgery performed not just for endometriosis
Medical illnesses that you may have – diabetes, heart conditions, thyroid, blood pressure, DVT, asthma
List of current medications and allergies
Smear history date of last smear
Any abnormal smears in the past and treatment undertaken?
Date of your last period, the regularity of your periods, how heavy they are how long you bleed for and pain.
How many children you have, is your family complete or are you trying to get pregnant and how long have you been trying for. Is your wish to not have any children? Are you using any contraception?
The aim of your consultation is to enable you to make an informed decision; offered treatment based on your preferences, priorities and symptoms not the stage of disease.