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Do I have endometriosis?

Hello! I’m 21 years old. For the last three months I have had excruciating right sided pelvic pain, I did all of the right things... I got a CT, which showed a 3cm ovarian cyst, and then had a ultrasound a month later, showing the cyst had grown to 4cm (my ovary is 3cm). The doctor told me the cyst was simple, with “low level echoes” meaning there were traces of blood in it.

My other symptoms include - swollen breasts, extreme bloating, pain during sex, pain going to the bathroom, extreme exhaustion, nausea pain... lots and lots of it.

When talking to an OBGYN doctor about my symptoms he told me I should see a counselor, because of how tired I am, and that I probably have IBS. (I’ve never had any issues before) As I started doing research, I realized I have a lot of symptoms of Endometriosis, and that my mom did as well, (she’s had ablation surgeries, as well as infertility issues when she was younger)

I am going to see another GYN in my town for a second opinion.. I am sick of taking Ibuprofen and Tylenol like clockwork...has anyone had similar situations? I hate having to explain myself to doctors who only want to prescribe pills instead of addressing the issue!

Thank you in advance!

  1. Hi there , Thanks for reaching out to our community & for your question.

    I first would like to share that I am very sorry that you are not feeling supported & heard by your doctors. That being said, I can completely relate to what you are going through! It took years to get answers to my pain & symptoms and I STILL feel like I am continually having to advocate for myself as new or worsening symptoms arise.

    While you have indicated having a family history, many common symptoms of endometriosis & some of IBS, unfortunately we cannot say what you are experiencing is in fact so as we are not qualified healthcare professionals.

    That being said, typically the "gold standard" to officially diagnose endo is a Laparoscopy. Let me share some information with you.
    https://endometriosis.net/diagnosis/laparoscopy-surgery-biopsy/
    https://endometriosis.net/diagnosis/

    I very happy to hear that you are seeking a 2nd opinion & sure hope it provides you with the answers & relief you deserve! Will you do us a favor & keep us posted?

    1. Hi there . Just wanted to chime in and say that I can so relate! Your symptoms, the doctors just throwing pills your way, family history- all of it!

      I am so sorry to hear you are dealing with this all though. It took me a few years, until I found a doctor who would listen to me and help me. Glad you are going to get a second opinion. It is certainly important to get as many as you can until you have the answers you are looking for. Have you tried reaching out to an endometriosis specialist?

      Like what was mentioned above, surgery is really the gold standard to officially diagnose endometriosis.

      Hoping you do get some answers and find some relief as well. Do reach out anytime you need to. We are here for you always <3 _Kimberli (Team Member)

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