I just got back from a GP appointment, following normal blood results and a normal transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasound.
I know a normal ultrasound does not rule out endometriosis, but would rule it in if endometriomas etc were found. The GP focussed on a line in the ultrasound report that stated 'slim, regular endometrial lining' and declared that that absolutely ruled out endometriosis. I had the scan 5 days after finishing a period, of course the lining was thin?!!!
Prior to the bloods and scan, the GP had already discussed referral to a gynae and potential need for diagnostic lap. Now he would have stopped the diagnostic process at this finding alone!! Luckily, I have a medical degree and was able to discuss my understanding of endometriosis and get him to refer me. I just feel so sorry for people who do not have a medical background. You put your faith in medical professionals, which you expect to have a certain level of knowledge and competence.
Despite my medical background and textbook symptoms (chronic low-grade lumbar and pelvic pain which is much worse around ovulation and menstruation, pain on urination and bowel movements during period, blood in stools for a few days before period, diarrhoea, extreme bloating, pain during intercourse and even inserting a tampon (the transvaginal scan was NOT fun), fatigue for 3 weeks of the month (ovulation and week before and during period)) I am now questioning whether it's all in my head. I'm exhausted and in pain all the time and am finding it so hard to work. I'm quite stoic, but have been reduced to tears by this pain over the last 3 months. I am now worried that I'll go for diagnostic lap and they will find nothing...
Sorry to rant! I just feel isolated and questioning my own sanity, despite the fact I should know better.