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A TEENAGER who claims her GP isn’t listening has decided to speak out about her often misdiagnosed condition

Aimee Gill, 17, from Taunton shares her personal experience with endometriosis, which affects 1.5 million women in the UK

Aimee took matters into her own hands after feeling helpless and ignored and wants to encourage others to speak out about the condition during Endometriosis Awareness Month, which runs through March

Endometriosis occurs when cells similar to those in the lining of the uterus grow outside the uterus in areas such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, and other parts of the body

The debilitating condition can only be confirmed by a surgical examination called laparoscopy, performed under general anesthesia, with patients usually going home the same day

The invisible nature of endometriosis can lead others to downplay it as simply a “nasty menstrual cycle”

Symptoms vary, but often include pelvic pain, constipation, and diarrhea, which often lead to an incorrect diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome

Aimee’s problems started when she was 12, but the condition wasn’t diagnosed until she was 14

She said, “I missed a lot of school because the pain was so severe that I couldn’t get up

“It wasn’t just in my stomach where normal period pains occur – I felt it in my back and my hips

“When I talked to my friends at school and they said they hadn’t seen this, I knew something was wrong

“I realized that I had to see my GP because the pain was so bad

“I also had a lot of problems with my gut related to my period

“When I first spoke to my GP, he told me it was either IBS or milk intolerance

“When I mentioned endometriosis, after research I did independently, he said I was too young. I was discharged

“I felt lost at the time and it was having a negative impact on my mental health because my family doctor didn’t listen to me

“I’ve spent many hours crying in front of me and my parents. You’re starting to think you might make it up” ”

Aimee was diagnosed with endometriosis by a gynecologist in 2017, but is still waiting for a specialist endometriosis team to see if the disease has spread to her bowels

Aimee runs her own small charity called Cards of Positivity on Instagram, distributing care packages to people with chronic illnesses to remind them that they are not alone

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