That cure...was to have my uterus, fallopian tubes, and cervix removed.
He was able to visually diagnose Adenomyosis...which means it was advanced enough to cause my uterus size and texture to change.
Adenomyosis is a kissing cousin of Endometriosis, but only recently recognized in the medical community. Instead of the uterine lining growing on internal organs (as it does with endo) it grows into the muscle and permeates the walls. This means lots of pain during periods and, as the disease advances, in between periods as well.
My uterus was 1/3 larger than normal. Now, your internal organs are set up to fit in a particular way so when something is larger than normal it causes issues.
When my uterus would swell prior to my period (all of them do this) it caused all sorts of issues I didn't realize were related until I had it removed.
I got very full very fast when I tried to eat.
I got UTI symptoms (irritation, pain, urgency) every single month.
My IBS...wasn't 100% IBS.
I felt like I had a ROCK in my lower belly. It just felt heavy.
My period pain would have me curled up, dry heaving.
The list could go on and on...
My road to recovery was rocky to say the least. I'd still say it was totally worth it. After a year's time, I have zero regrets. Sometimes I get nerve type pain (especially around incisions) but it's brief and tolerable.
I am so very happy with my results. I know it's a controversial surgery, especially for someone my age, but I am so thankful I found a doctor to help me.