Hi all, I have had symptoms of endometriosis for 5 years which are getting worse. I mentioned it for the first time to my GP last summer, who quickly dismissed it saying there was nothing they could do to treat it so it was useless trying to get a diagnosis. Since then I have really suffered and I finally have an appointment with a gynaecologist on Monday.
However, the appointment is to discuss the symptoms I have been suffering from and not endometriosis itself. I would like to have the conversation, but don't know how to best approach it without being dismissed. I have filled out the consultation questionnaire (endometriosis-uk.org/sites/...), retroactively wrote a pain and symptoms journal for the last 5 years, highlighting the main "flaring" events and I have crossed referenced my symptoms with those of endometriosis (endometriosis-uk.org/endome...).
I am terrified I will not be taken seriously again and my symptoms will be dismissed. I appreciate there is not treatment for endometriosis yet, but a diagnosis would be a step in the right direction. What else would you recommend so I am as prepared as possible for my appointment?
Thank you so much for your help,