Caitlin's Story "Missing school work and time with friends"

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

My pain first started when I was quite young, around 12 years old. I always had lower back pain and had a lot of appointments at the osteopath. I was not aware that this was the beginning of my endometriosis.

When I was 14, I started to get really uncomfortable, burning feelings in my stomach. I went to the doctor and he prescribed me antacids (thinking I may have acid reflux as I did not have painful periods at this stage). After a couple of weeks of taking the medication, I noticed no change in my pain apart from that it felt lower in my stomach. I had a load of blood tests, but of course, nothing showed up. I was also tested for Coeliac disease and to see if I had any allergies.

All of a sudden, my periods became irregular and then they completely stopped. I was booked in for an ultrasound at Thames Hospital. It found nothing apart from a 3cm fibroid which was apparently normal. My doctor then decided after about two months of me coming in and out that it was time he referred me on to a paediatrician. I was lucky enough to be able to go through privately which I am extremely grateful for.

I went and saw the paediatrician in Hamilton. He asked me a series of questions about my overall health, he took my weight and height and felt my stomach to see if there were any lumps, he also asked about conditions that ran in my family. Breast cancer and ovarian cancer run in my