Hi everyone, just found this forum and I'm looking for some encouragement/advice. I have a family history of endometriosis and a set of 'classic' symptoms (irregular periods even on the pill, very heavy flow with clots, extreme cramps and fatigue, horrific back pain, pain in and difficulty moving legs, irritable bowel symptoms etc.) so I feel that I am in the right place here.
I have been seeing doctors about this for 7 years now and it has been a soul destroying experience. When I haven't been completely dismissed, I am told that my symptoms are unrelated or it is suggested that I just 'take some ibuprofen'. I am currently on the combined pill as I found the mini-pill had a hugely negative impact on my mental health. I don't feel like this is working for me; I am bleeding heavily for around 2 weeks each month and my symptoms are very difficult to manage. I am currently at university so I feel that I need to do something before I start full time work and live alone.
Does anyone have any advice on how to get a diagnosis? I feel like it would be confirmation that I am not just being "hysterical as well as reassuring me that there isn't something else causing my symptoms.