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I go to my GYN in two weeks. I'm wondering how she'll begin testing for endometriosis? What are the possible tests? My pain is unbelievably bad.

I go to my GYN in two weeks. I'm wondering how she'll begin testing for endometriosis? What are the possible tests? My pain is unbelievably bad.

History and exam: Most often the diagnosis of endometriosis is made empirically -- meaning simply by taking a careful patient history and doing an examination. The only to make the diagnosis 100% is surgically. In most cases treatment can be offered based on a history and physical. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where some endometrial tissue, which is lining tissue of the uterus, is located outside the uterus. The displaced tissue, just like the tissue lining the uterus, bleeds during each menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be very painful, and can result ...Read more


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What is the process for testing for endometriosis? I have very painful menstrual cycles which force me to be at home on those days even w pain meds.

What is the process for testing for endometriosis? I have very painful menstrual cycles which force me to be at home on those days even w pain meds.

See your GYNE : If your pelvic pain is only at menses, then endometriosis is a consideration. But there are no good blood tests or imaging tests (like CT, MRI or ultrasound) for this. Diagnosis of endometriosis is made by a laparoscopy procedure, so you will need to see a gynecologist to evaluate the cause of your severe pain, and to assess for endometriosis. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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How do I get tested for endometriosis if I have cramps?

How do I get tested for endometriosis if I have cramps?

There are ways: Our research that will be published soon shows two very accurate predictions of endometriosis. First, if you had bad periods (worse than peers or missed school )as a teenager, you have nearly 100% chance of endo at surgery. Second, testing for ovarian reserve with Clomid (clomiphene) challenge test: if abnormal 90% chance of endometriosis at surgery. Need good excisional surgery not band aid. ...Read more

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Do you get tested for endometriosis at the hospital or gynecologist office?

Do you get tested for endometriosis at the hospital or gynecologist office?

Hospital: Surgery is the only way to diagnose endometriosis, period. Surgery is usually outpatient. Ultrasound, blood tests, imaging studies, may be helpful but they do not make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I hav hypothyroidism, vitiligo, endometriosis. Should i be concerned about other autoimmune disorders or be tested for more?What test are usually done?

I hav hypothyroidism, vitiligo, endometriosis. Should i be concerned about other autoimmune disorders or be tested for more?What test are usually done?

Maybe: Hypothyroidism and vitiligo may run with hashimoto's, schmidt's, addison's (take a history; morning cortisol screen &/or acth stimulation test if needed), type i diabetes (unlikely at your age), and autoimmune pernicious anemia (consider an occasional serum B12 check) and that uncommon animal autoimmune hypoparathyroidism (you'll know if this happens). Probably you'll get none. Great question. ...Read more

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What is endometriosis?

A cause of pain: Endometriosis is a condition where the uterine lining implants somewhere outside the uterus in the abdomen. It can implant on a tube, an ovary, the bowel, the abdominal side-wall, etc. It tends to bleed just like it would inside the uterus during a period, except that it is inside the abdomen. It causes the surrounding tissue to become irritated and inflammed and this is painful. ...Read more

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Can endometriosis be cured?

Managed: Cured might be a stretch. It can be surgicaly treated and removed, and medically managed. With treatment, the symptoms can be minimized or eliminated. ...Read more

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