DOCTORS see hundreds of patients every year but there are still some conditions they are 'terrible' at diagnosing, one medic has claimed.
Around one in ten women in the UK have endometriosis with 10 per cent of women worldwide suffering from the condition – that's 176 million cases.
Former Love Islander Molly-Mae Hague previously opened up about her battle with the condition and now one NHS doctor has now said that despite the high number of cases of the condition, medics still struggle to spot it.
Posting to TikTok, Dr Karan Raj said: "Doctors are terrible at diagnosing this".
He then points to a diagram which shows the female pelvis.
He then highlights the uterus before focusing on a small brown patch which he says it endometrial tissue.
"In endometriosis, cells similar to the ones that line the womb can grow can elsewhere in the body.
"For example, the bowel, the bladder, the ovary.
"These cells can react to the menstrual cycle each month and bleed. But unlike a period, there is no way for this blood to leave the body.
"This causes inflammation and scar tissue formation and can result in chronic pain, infertility, and bowel obstruction."
He explained that on average, endometriosis can take up to eight years to be diagnosed.
Know the signs
While it can be hard to get a diagnosis for endometriosis, you have a better chance if you know what to look out for.
Dr Philippa Kaye previously explained: "Endometriosis is different for everyone but a classic symptom is painful periods.
"If you have painful periods and you aren't sure when to see your GP the answer is when you can't manage the pain you are experiencing then it's time to get help."
OTHER symptoms are:
- Pain during ovulation
- Pain felt in the pelvis
- Pelvic pain when not having sex
- Bad pain when you have a poo
- Bleeding from the bowel OR IBS type symptoms like diarrhoea and bloating which is worse around your period
- Pain passing urine
- Back pain
- Leg pain
- Fatigue and tiredness
When you speak to your doctor it's important to share as much information as possible.
Dr Philippa said you need to go back to your GP if you feel as though your concerns aren't being addressed.
She added: "You can always see a different GP or ask the receptionist if there is a doctor who specialises in women's health.
"The only way to truly diagnose endometriosis is with key hole surgery as it often isn't seen on scans but doctors can treat it without surgery".
Dr Philippa says there are many different options to treat endometriosis – many of which are available over the counter.
"Hot water bottles, pain relief, hormone treatments are all options."
Dr Philippa also explained that your doctor might suggest you go on the Pill or have a mirena coil fitted.
If that's not enough, then Dr Philippa said there is surgery to remove the endometriosis deposits and scar tissue – but that this can be complex.
"A radical treatment is to have the womb removed – this is irreversible and there are hormonal reversible treatment options available", she added.
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