Ever since I first started my periods at the age of 13 (20 years old now) I have suffered with severe painful periods. Sometimes my periods haven't come for months, but recently I have managed to get them regular by dramatically changing my diet. Most months I throw up constantly all day, pass out, go hot and cold, have a severe stomach and back ache, bowel problems and sometimes even loose my hearing. For the rest of the month, I often suffer with bloating and some bowel problems. I have battled the doctors for years with this as they don't seem to take it seriously - they said I would grow out of it but years later it's still happening. I was on the pill for a bit which seemed to help the pain but had a lot of other side affects that didn't agree with me - it also didn't tell me why I was having these severe periods that mean I have to put my everyday life on hold and make me live in constant fear of my period? So recently I pressed the doctors for a referral to a gynaecologist and he diagnosed me with POCS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), however I have more symptoms of endo than PCOS and he didn't really want to even look into the possibility of endo. I am going back to the doctors to try get another referral for a laparoscopy as this will be the only way to tell for sure. Just wondering if any of you with endo suffer with similar symptoms and how long it took you to get diagnosed? I'm so sick of being called a 'drama queen' for having to have a day off work almost every month with my period. Nobody seems to understand and I am desperate for answers as I think it's starting to affect my mental health.