Hi there, I'm new here. It started for me when I was 18 with a bad "knitting needle" pain in my right ovary area. I also started having very painful and heavy periods to the point where the pain made me cry and nauseous and I was basically bed bound for the first few days of my period. Then in 2013 I had an ovarian cyst rupture and ended up in excruciating pain in the ER. I was told to see my primary care provider for follow up care but I didn't have one and didn't understand why I needed to. About a year or so after that I went to my local health department (I didn't have insurance so it was my only option) with bad period pain where they sent me for a transvaginal ultrasound. They found that the lining of my uterus was abnormally thickened and I had one cyst on my left ovary and three "chocolate cysts" on my right ovary, one being the size of my ovary. The doctor was very rude and dismissive when I asked if it could be endometriosis. She said any woman could have endometriosis, that they don't do exploratory surgeries there (duh) and that I should just take birth control. She gave me birth control that said "do not take if you have migraines with aura" which I had told her I have. So I was pretty upset with that appointment and never went back. I have had two kids since then and my youngest is a year old still nursing. My period returned both times pretty quickly but now it's getting bad again, my lower back is hurting worse than ever before and my cramps and bleeding are so heavy. While I was pregnant both times I felt random tearing feelings in my belly as the baby grew. I also have extreme double over pain when I have to poop or if I let my bladder get too full. It's like being speared up my rectum and it makes me feel like I'm going to pass out. I guess I'm just wondering if this is normal? Or if I should go back and try to see someone now that I have insurance? I have so much distrust in doctors I really don't want to.