I was in my late teens when I started getting terrible pains but my Dr kept putting it down to my age, growing up etc. They changed my pill and kept sending me away. It wasnt until I was in my eary twenties that they decided to actuallly investigate and low and behold I had extreme endometriosis, resulting in them having to take everything from my left hand side and making me infertile. Since then I have had to go through major surgery on my bowel, colon & bladder to "put" them all back together again. The surgery has resulted in damage to my ureterwhich now causes kidney problems & have had 3 stones removed. I cant help but think that an early diagnosis would have prevented all of this and given me a much better life overall. Im now 42, childless and still suffering from endo plus kidney problems.