Hi. I'm a 20 year old female in a bit of a pickle. I've always knew I was different. I didn't get my period until I was almost 15. I was sitting in health class in 8th grade learning about how puberty works, and felt a sharp stabbing pain where my right ovary was. I could hardly put pressure on my leg to walk the rest of the day. I didn't think much about it except, "maybe my period is finally going to come." Sure enough, no more than two weeks later my first period arrived. It was painful, and very heavy, lasting seven days. For about a year after that, all my periods were pain free, light, and only lasted 5 days. I have, however, always felt pain during ovulation time. Lately, within the past two years, my pain started picking back up once for a few days around ovulation time, and once for a few days around the start of my periods. I started spotting between periods, I have back pain, and as far as walking goes, once every three-six months I can't walk at all without wanting to cry, but work must go on, so I deal with it. I went to my women's health doctor, she said she didn't think I had PCOS, but she never did an ultrasound or anything. She just dismissed all my symptoms. I tried the birth control patch to regulate things, but found I had chest pain, irritability, and extreme shortness of breath. I took the patch off and have been fine since with those few symptoms. My mom and grandma both had PCOS and endometriosis which makes me think all these symptoms are not just "mittelschmertz." Does it sound like endo to you? I want to convince my doctor to quit playing around, and just give me the procedure to diagnose what is causing all of this. I don't want to spend years trying to find the right combination of medicines to work if I don't really have endo. I'd prefer to get the laparoscopy done, and go from there. What do you think? I also feel like I've been to my doctor for a whole mess of things, and she looks at me like I'm faking. As far as my womens health doctor goes, I haven't seen her in a few months since I got the patch prescribed. Should I bring up my new concerns and force her to listen to me?
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