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There’s been a big interest on the site in endometriosis, and it’s very clear that a lot of you don’t actually know what it is or you’re curious about what causes it. Endometriosis occurs when womb tissue is actually found outside of the womb and there are many theories about what causes it. The actual fact is, we don’t really know for sure, but there is one thing—it tends to occur in families.

Now, what kind of symptoms do you get with endometriosis? Endometriosis results in heavy periods, painful periods, and often this can be associated with symptoms like diarrhoea or fainting.

A lot of you have asked how to be referred to a specialist. My advice would be, go and see your GP, because they can do a lot of preliminary tests and investigations, and make the diagnosis for you. If you do see a specialist, they are likely to advise a laparoscopy, which is a telescope test which looks inside your pelvis and can diagnose endometriosis.

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Doctor Responses: Endometriosis

Dr Pixie answers your most frequently asked questions about endometriosis such as: What is it? What kind of symptoms do you get with endometriosis? How can you treat it?

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Hi.. i am 20 year old unmarried girl.A case of Pelvis reveals pelvic endometriosis with Endometrioma right ovary.i am safering 2 year & i don't no what to do. my Dr saying in futeri am not pregnant. pzzz... help me





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I'm 19 and I've been waiting to see a gyno with 3 years I've had cists and when I went to get a smear the doc said my cervix was highly inflamed I've also bladder problems which doesn't help and I think its all connected to my problem I have all the symptoms of endo. I rearly get my period anymore and get really depressed when I do. And there is no chance I'm pregnant as im gay. its ruining my life sorry for being a winge but is there anyone that can help no medication works either. Thanks in advance





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I have been suffering with a severe pain in my lower abdomen for the past 24 months. I get regular back pain, dreadful pain down my leg and feel very dizzy all of the time. Also myself and partner have not been using any contraception for over three years and i have never once fallen pregnant. My periods are very hit and miss. It may be 6-7 weeks between and can vary from extremley heavy and painful to next to nothing. I have had various tests including CT scan, ultrasound, X-ray and blood tests. All of which have come back normal. The symptoms are so bad at times that I end up on the floor in tears, at the A+E and unable to walk. I have also lost two jobs and am finding it extremely hard to get on with life. My doctor has recently reffered me to see a gynaecologist who has put me foward for a colposcopy. I have been looking up the symptoms of endometreosis and feel as though it could possibly be the route of my problem. Any help or advice would be much appreciated





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Hi I just had a laporascopy done to see if I have endo. My doc said she didn't not find anything out side my uterus but my uterus was slightly enlarged and blochy?? She said I could still have endo but inside my uterus and the only way to find out is to have a hysterectomy and send to pathology.. Anyone else have this I'm confused.





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please get a second opion and do more research a hysterectomy should be a last resort

Hi, I get spotting a few days before my period starts, when i get my period i get very bad pain for two days usually. I have been trying for a baby for 6 months now, should I seek advise from my doctor or is the spotting normal? I think my period pain has got worse as I have got older, i am 28 noe? Thanks





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I have had severe pains for nearly 15 years, I'm only 26 years old. I've had so many issues with my health and now have about 10 different disorders and problems with my body. I had a laparoscopy 2 years ago and had endometriosis taken out. I still have the severe abdominal pain, IBS, interstitial cystitis, chronic pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome. I've had many investigations. Had my gallbladder and my appendix removed. Had an emergency operation due to a ruptured cyst. I have depression, general anxiety disorder and severe mood swings, etc. I am so tired of being a downer and practically biting my lip every time I have pain and I'm around other people. Sometimes I just have to scream. I feel horrible, I've had so many moments where I am horrified and traumatised by the pain. I've been to the emergency room so many times, I just keep thinking someone has to do something to help me. But the docs say they can't help severe chronic pain. I just keep going back hoping the docs will help me. I don't even know why any more. I need someone to help me because I feel that if I knew someone with the amount of pain I have I would want to help them so badly! We don't deserve this pain! We deserve a wonderful life! I feel sorry for everyone who has to go through so much pain, I feel sorry for myself too. I have endone for the pain and panadol. Panadol only helps my headaches and endone just makes me a bit light headed but that's it. I've tried so many medicines including eating well and taking supplements and natural medicines but still no help. Heat pack is really the only thing that does anything, but it has to be mega hot. Live well, and please anyone post your ideas or success stories of what helped you so I can try it out! Thanks :)





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Hi, I totally get you! Endo is the worst! I am a fellow endo sister and completely understand the pain and needing to scream. My best advice would be to go to other doctors to discuss the pain! I went through 7 gps before I found one that took me seriously. I am on tramadol which is a very strong pain killer and helps take the edge off. It makes me really dizzy and a bit nauseous but I still prefer that to the pain. I also use heat pads which I get from the chemist and they are like a sticker which you stick on your clothes and stay super hot for about 8 hours. That helps get me through the day! All the best!!!

Can I just say that endometriosis uk have a lot of information and support networks





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I live in Romania. Here, unforunately there are no specialists for this disease. Can you recommend one doctor in Europe who is a specialist in this domain?





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For over a year now I have had constant and very severe abdominal pain! It gets that bad that a few times I have been admitted to hospital! I have been told it was a ovarian cyst and also my appendix removed! But 8 months after surgery, I'm still in agonising pain! Which goes down my from my stomach and back to my groins and down my legs! It sometimes is a dull ache and sometimes severe stabbing pains in my left side! I have had my Bowles checked which was all clear, and apparently all that got found from my scans and laparoscopy is my appendicitis what got removed and scar tissue! I'm at a loose end and really don't know what to do! I'm constantly taking tramadol and other pain killers, Iv changed my diet and am doing more exercise but nothing helps, I have what seems like other genealogical problems too! I'm 19 and at my whits end nothing helps nobody listens... Could it be endo? :(





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Absolutely! You have the symptoms and they found scar tissue, i dont kknow why the dr didnt investigate it a little further while you were already in surgery because the only way for official diagnosis is exploratory surgery! Good luck!

One week before my period I get sever pain in my stomach then I have to sit on the toilet for an hour with very loose stools, sometimes during the month I get matal taste in my mouth and bad breath, this started about seven moths ago now and my doctor says its nothing. I also get aching in my thighs and sometimes my legs my doctor says there's nothing wrong it's normal period pains, I am 42 is this normal ? Please help





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