My name is Olivia and I am 20 years old. For the past two years I have been prodded and tests for all sorts of gastro related illnesses and am yet to receive a diagnosis for anything. I never considered endometriosis as a possible cause for my pains until I really looked into it and found that I suffer many endo related symptoms (shooting leg pain, chronic tiredness, back pain, chest pains, stupid periods and most significantly, lower tummy pains). Upon finding this information I felt that I could finally confidently obtain a correct diagnosis if I explained my circumstances and requested a laparoscopy. Today however, I went for my appointment with my GP to explain what I had researched and request testing to be done with very little luck. I handed her the pain and symptoms diary that I had filled out from the Endometriosis UK site and she dismissed it immediately without even a second look. My GP told me that because I'm not 25 she wouldn't refer me and then proceeded to explain that laparoscopys cost a lot of money so where possible the NHS avoid the procedure. I feel so disheartened. I really feel that I am likely to have endometriosis given my symptoms and the fact that many other tests have returned negative results. Surely I have a right to know? What can I do? I've waited two years already for some sort of a diagnosis, I don't feel I can wait another 5 just to be considered for endo. I've looked into going private but I certainly can't afford to pay the asking price for a laparoscopy (if anyone's interested £3450 UK).
If anyone has any advice on this please let me know. I just don't know what to do.