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Today I want to write about something that our doctors have taught us or something we have taught a doctor. Now, I can't say there has ever been a time when I've specifically taught a doctor something about my endometriosis, but it's more the response you get when you ask or suggest something. A blank expression and a "no, that's nothing to do with your endometriosis".
Since my initial diagnosis, it's become more and more shocking how little doctors actually know about the disease. I almost feel like I need to tell them exactly what endometriosis is sometimes.
I remember one time, a while after I'd been diagnosed, I went to the doctor because I experiencing really bad shoulder pain every month around the time of my period. I didn't know what it was, but I did know it played up when I was bleeding so I asked the doctor if it had anything to do with my endometriosis. He almost laughed at me - seriously. I mentioned it to my specialist when I next saw him and he told me that yes, it is due to my endometriosis. Shoulder pain is an indication that you have endometriosis on your diaphragm - which was confirmed in my latest laparoscopy this year. If I had listened to my doctor then I would never have mentioned it again.
At this stage, I'm now quite used to it and quite clued up on endometriosis and my options with it, but if you're not in the same position as me then you might not get the information you need because the doctors are not offering it. What then!?
Have any of you ever had any experiences with this same thing?