After having a laparoscopy three weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Stage 3-4 endometriosis. Not a surpise. My doctor has prescribed Lupron for 6 months, along with a low-dose estrogen replacement (Premarin). I am terrified to do these treatments, but since I have significant endo on the colon, he thought this could possibly help me get to menopause without any additional surgery (I am 45). Plus, the endo on the colon could potentially be dangerous. I have lost 15 lbs. in the past year and DO NOT want to gain any weight or have the severe menopausal symptoms. Should I be worried? I have spoken to some friends who have done Lupron. One had minimal side effects, the other none. I have read, however, HORRIBLE stories and frankly, am terrified! Help!
I am so sorry you are going through this right now. I have some suggestions that will hopefully help as well as put your mind at ease. My daughters Doc. wanted to put her on Lupron and she was just as terrified as you. We wanted to know if there were any alternatives and he put her on Camila B/C pill only 21 instead of 28 days and Norethindrone 5 mg. Maybe this would be an option for you. I hope something works for you without causing more pain or awful side effects. I was diagnosed when I was 23 and am now 45. My daughter was diagnosed last Feb.and she is 19. I gave it to her. I can honestly say that I have researched this disease to a T and the fact that you didn't get it until 45 is a blessing. This disease is NO blessing, trust me, I just want you to try and focus on anything positive you can put in your brain. After my daughters first surgery, her OBGYN put her on a high estrogen B/C pill. I don't know why and wish I was more involved because this is bad. Endometriosis is as much of an estrogen fed disease as breast cancer is. The important thing is to deplete estrogen. With that said I know you are not going to like my advice to not take the add back estrogen your doctor wants you to do. At 45 it is not necessary and may only add to more surgeries or pain. I would suggest herbal remedies and eating more soy (organic) to relieve symptoms. Join the Endometriosis Association and read a book called "Diet for a Poisoned Planet" should be in library. These two tools should help you learn how to take control of the disease and not the disease take control of you. Also help you learn about the various ways in which our bodies receive and accept estrogen, also which ones are bad and good. I wish you the best of luck and sincerely hope I was able to help you in any way. Take Care, mfpdfibro
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