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I am a 30 year old, mother of two.  I have decided not to have the lap procedure done for my endometriosis symptoms, until now.  I need to get a second opinion since my OBGYN seems to think my only option is a total hysterectomy.  Due to my current issues, I am seeing a GI doctor and will have another colonoscopy done.  
Please help me find another option!  I live in St. Louis, MO.
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Doing a laparoscopy is the only way to confirm an endometriosis diagnosis, have you even had that done? Or is a hysterectomy your doctor's first treatment suggestion?  There are plenty of other things you can try before doing something that extreme. There are plenty of birth control/hormone drugs that can be tried to reduce symptoms (but be sure you research them before taking because some, like Lupron, have permanent severe side effects that stay even when stopping the drug). And usually excision surgery would be performed before the removal of organs.
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You need to find an endo specialist. If you can go out of state I know a great one near Chicago.
http://www.surgery4women.com/home

If you cannot go out of state contact the endo association to find a specialist near you. Here is their website:
http://www.endometriosisassn.org/

I hope this helps,
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