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endo! normal symptoms? could cancer be mistaken with endo?

My gynae diagnosed me with endometriosis after an ultrasound three months back and I have been on birth control pills since then. Apparently, I have an endometrium of 1.2 c.m. on my left ovary, supposedly this is a small one, but I have so much pain that I feel something is wrong...
From what I have been reading on different forums that the endo would be at least 5 c.m. to cause symptoms... I have a severe period pain (but this has been the case since forever Wink ) in addition I have an annoying mild period pain for 3-4 days after my period ends, then 3-4 days of pain at the time of ovulation... sometimes the pain lasts longer. I also became a bit more gassy recently and this morning I found a tiny spot of pink blood.

Are these normal symptoms for a person with endo? I am totally freaking out since my grandmother died of ovarian cancer, is there any chance that cancer is mistaken with endo?

Thanks for your help...
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replied October 1st, 2012
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
If you have been diagnosed to have endometriosis and if the symptoms have been worsening, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation to look for the endometrial implants/endometriosis cysts. Getting them removed by laparoscopy can help with controlling the symptoms. Post-surgery, women have better recovery and long term relief if treatment is combined with regression therapy with use of hormones. Endometriosis symptoms can persist or recur if estrogen production or supplementation is present. Symptoms can also persist if there has been deep retroperitoneal endometriosis (as these places are not easily reachable with conventional laparoscopy). If there has been history of ovarian cancer in family, you should consider getting tumor marker tests done to predict your chances of developing cancer (endometriosis itself does not suggest future risk of developing cancer). Discuss your symptoms with your treating doctor/gynecologist. Consider being in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.



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