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One of the biggest reliefs I felt after my laparoscopy on Monday was that I wasn’t “making anything up”, like a lot of doctors had heavily implied. 
Throughout this last year, I had a handful of doctors tell me unhelpful things such as “women get more pain”. I even went to the quacks for an emergency appointment during a particularly painful ovulation, for them to send me home as since I showed no signs of appendicitis (!!!), there was nothing they could do. 
Like I said in my first post, I saw a good handful of doctors since last summer. You’d be lying if you said all the fobbing off and poor excuses wouldn’t get to you, and convince you you’re going crazy. 
It is rare that during laparoscopies surgeons don’t find any signs of abnormality in women showing symptoms of chronic pain - but it does happen. I found myself in an odd situation where I didn’t want to have endo - but I didn’t want to NOT have anything wrong either.

According to @endometriosis.uk, there are only roughly 200 endometriosis specialists worldwide - I was lucky enough to be referred to the RVI in Newcastle, who are one of few nationally recognised centres for endometriosis management and surgery in the UK. I don’t think I would have felt comfortable being examined in any other centre, as stage 1 lesions can be less obvious and some less specialised surgeons could miss them. 
Basically, even if your pain isn’t endo, you KNOW in your self that it is something. Seek SPECIALIST care and attention where you can, in order to get the most accurate diagnosis and care. It’s sad we have to do the research to see where we can find specialists ourselves, rather than having the comfort of every medical institution knowing what to find. 
Telling women they’re hysterical, making it up, or exaggerating is NOT helpful!!😩 (Graphic by @peacewithpain🌸)

One of the biggest reliefs I felt after my laparoscopy on Monday was that I wasn’t “making anything up”, like a lot of doctors had heavily implied. Throughout this last year, I had a handful of doctors tell me unhelpful things such as “women get more pain”. I even went to the quacks for an emergency appointment during a particularly painful ovulation, for them to send me home as since I showed no signs of appendicitis (!!!), there was nothing they could do. Like I said in my first post, I saw a good handful of doctors since last summer. You’d be lying if you said all the fobbing off and poor excuses wouldn’t get to you, and convince you you’re going crazy. It is rare that during laparoscopies surgeons don’t find any signs of abnormality in women showing symptoms of chronic pain - but it does happen. I found myself in an odd situation where I didn’t want to have endo - but I didn’t want to NOT have anything wrong either. According to @endometriosis.uk, there are only roughly 200 endometriosis specialists worldwide - I was lucky enough to be referred to the RVI in Newcastle, who are one of few nationally recognised centres for endometriosis management and surgery in the UK. I don’t think I would have felt comfortable being examined in any other centre, as stage 1 lesions can be less obvious and some less specialised surgeons could miss them. Basically, even if your pain isn’t endo, you KNOW in your self that it is something. Seek SPECIALIST care and attention where you can, in order to get the most accurate diagnosis and care. It’s sad we have to do the research to see where we can find specialists ourselves, rather than having the comfort of every medical institution knowing what to find. Telling women they’re hysterical, making it up, or exaggerating is NOT helpful!!😩 (Graphic by @peacewithpain🌸)

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I'm at Stanhope Show this Sunday, if you're there come and say Hiya 😁😁  #stanhopeshow2019  #stanhopeshow  #countryshow  #artyjo  #joannerowlandart  #portrait  #Consett  #countydurham  #durhamuk  #Northumberland  #petportraits

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🌕Hi everyone!🌕 So on Monday I had my first laparoscopy to diagnose my endo, which I originally put on twitter to spread a bit of awareness. 
Throughout my whole diagnostic process, I was constantly coming across endometriosis accounts and experiences from older women than myself (as most women are diagnosed between 25-35yrs old). Although these stories helped to a degree, I never felt I quite related to them, as a lot of the dialogue was centred around fertility. 
So I’ve decided to start this account to try and open up the bigger conversation surrounding teenagers and young women’s experience with chronic pain generally, not just endometriosis! 
I’ll be posting updates on the op healing process, different pain relief techniques I’m trying, myths and facts, my experience pre-diagnosis, etc. 
If you too have a reproductive system that’s got it in for you, I hope you’ll find this account helpful and I can’t wait to get to know you all💛

Lots of love,

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#endo #endometriosis #endometriosisadvocate #womenshealth #chronicillness #chronicdisease #chronicpain #chronicillnesswarrior #reproductivehealth #endendo #notsympathy #justawareness #durhamuk #healthadvocate #mystory #myendo #myendojourney

🌕Hi everyone!🌕 So on Monday I had my first laparoscopy to diagnose my endo, which I originally put on twitter to spread a bit of awareness. Throughout my whole diagnostic process, I was constantly coming across endometriosis accounts and experiences from older women than myself (as most women are diagnosed between 25-35yrs old). Although these stories helped to a degree, I never felt I quite related to them, as a lot of the dialogue was centred around fertility. So I’ve decided to start this account to try and open up the bigger conversation surrounding teenagers and young women’s experience with chronic pain generally, not just endometriosis! I’ll be posting updates on the op healing process, different pain relief techniques I’m trying, myths and facts, my experience pre-diagnosis, etc. If you too have a reproductive system that’s got it in for you, I hope you’ll find this account helpful and I can’t wait to get to know you all💛 Lots of love, Emily x • • • •  #endo  #endometriosis  #endometriosisadvocate  #womenshealth  #chronicillness  #chronicdisease  #chronicpain  #chronicillnesswarrior  #reproductivehealth  #endendo  #notsympathy  #justawareness  #durhamuk  #healthadvocate  #mystory  #myendo  #myendojourney

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I love this colour combination 😍😍 Pink and purple Cake 💜❤️ . .  #buttercreamcakes  #cheesecreambuttercream  #purpleandpink  #pinkandpurplecake  #cake  #cakeoftoday  #cakepics  #instacakes  #instalike  #tasty  #tastemade  #buttercream  #wilton  #thursday  #durham  #durhamuk

Newton Aycliffe Sports Club FC maintained their unbeaten start to the 2019/20 Season with a comfortable 6-1 win over Darlington Mowden Model T in the Durham Challenge Sunday County Cup.

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Newton Aycliffe Sports Club FC maintained their unbeaten start to the 2019/20 Season with a comfortable 6-1 win over Darlington Mowden Model T in the Durham Challenge Sunday County Cup. Find out more by visiting our website (link in bio) . . . . .  #localpress  #localnews  #northeast  #regionalnews  #codurham  #northeastuk  #durhamuk  #countydurham  #newtonaycliffe  #aycliffetoday

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