Put All Your Eggs in One Basket.

Blogging is supposed to be therapeutic.  Whether that’s the truth or not, I’ll soon find out.  But for the mean time, I thought I’d give it a go as an outlet for all my crazy, mismashed, disorganized thoughts that plague me and make my mine race when I’m trying to get a good night’s sleep.

For my first post, I didn’t want to get too heavy and deep in to my most difficult and life-altering medical issues just yet.  As I was getting images off the Internet for this blog, I found that March is Endometriosis Awareness month.  My adrenals, thyroid, and hormone levels have been off for years.  My periods have always been very irregular, heavy, and extremely painful.  I can thank both sides of the family gene pool for that.

Part 1: About three years ago, I doubled over in pain on my left side.  At first I thought it was my appendix, but it felt crampy as well as a sharp, stabbing pain.  An ultrasound revealed a small cyst on one of my ovaries.  I went to the doctor who manages my hormones, adrenals, and thyroid…not an OBGYN…and he said that it was small and benign enough that it would go away on its own.  Sure enough, it did.

Part 2: Cut to a few years later: it’s baaacccckkk.  In the past, I would cramp a day or two before and during, but for the past 6 months, I’d have excruciating cramps two weeks before.  Once I had to  go to the E.R. it was so painful that the Naproxen I’d taken for 10 years no longer worked as a painkiller.  I graduated to Vicodin.  My screams of agony sounded like I was giving birth.  Something needed to be done.  Like the idiot doctors that they are–I’ll save that for another topic–no one ordered a follow-up ultrasound.  An MRI image done of my lower spine inadvertently showed follicles growing on my ovaries.  Cue appointments with various OBGYNs.  Last April, a laparoscopy was done, and the OBGYN removed some endometriosis. tumblr_mj3zijWWQb1rii3uxo1_500 However, I was still in pain months later.  As usual, no doctor took any initiative in finding out what the problem could be.  Again, I found out about multiple follicles and cysts on both of my ovaries by accident.  After having an MRI done of my lower lumbar region to rule out another problem I’m having, the growths showed up again.  The size of one cyst was as big as a golf ball!  That accounted for my worsening period cramps, as well as exacerbating my Fibromyalgia, and the reason why I was in so much pain prior to getting my period.  I had now graduated to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

Part 3: It was time for the big guns: FULL OAVRIAN HYSTERECTOMY.  I met with previous OBGYNs including a top ranking one at a well-known hospital.  I had talked about having this procedure done for years as I knew I never wanted kids.  Every doctor questioned me about my decision saying that since I was so young, I’d change my mind or that they didn’t perform hysterectomy’s on women my age.  That in itself was annoying.  I’m not a normal cookie-cutter patient. This hysterectomy seems like the answer to my problems.  It would cut down on pain, which would get rid of one less pain sensor my Fibromyalgia-addled body would have to deal with; stop bleeding, which would save me from having to go to the oncologist every year and a few months for IV iron infusions due to chronic anemia which Aunt Flo so kindly contributed to; and, most basically, not having irregular periods and cause the cysts to stop forming.

Currently, I haven’t scheduled any surgery for the hysterectomy, yet.  Out of the 5 OBGYNs I’ve seen, all have conflicting opinions.  Most say that there still will be bleeding and that cysts could still form.  Though my common sense, which usually prevails over medical degrees nowadays, would think that once the ovaries are removed, no cysts can form on them.  Also, if the ovaries and fallopian tubes aren’t there to complete the signal when it is time to shed the uterine lining, how can I bleed?  These are still questions that I need to ask and schedule follow-ups with OBGYNs again to get their opinions.  Plus, I’ve given the added challenge of finding a doctor who can perform the DaVinci method, which is one incision through the bellybutton, instead of three across the stomach.  {I could get in to OBGYNs pushing for birth control, birth control debacles, and the bioidentical hormones that I’m on now, but my head can’t even think straight anymore.  It’s so convoluted and interrelated.  I should have a M.D. or Ph.D after my name.}

 

I know this is a really long post, but hey, I like to write…and my apologies for it seeming disjointed, but I’m not going for a 5 on the writing portion of AP English.  Here’s a little background information on Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).         {I also recommend researching these conditions as well as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), a more severe form of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).}

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The endometrial tissue is located outside of the uterus thickens, breaks down, and bleeds.  However, this blood can’t exit the body like a the usual cycle of the uterine lining would shedding the blood, resulting in a period.  Instead, the blood becomes trapped outside of the body forming cysts and/or irritating and inflaming the surrounding tissue on the fallopian tubes, ovaries, outside of the uterus, or the intestines.  Every month, the displaced, outside tissue is exacerbated by the hormones of your period.  During the first half of your cycle, the tissue is inflamed; in the second half of the cycle, the repeated inflammation can lead to more irritation in the surrounding tissue.  Both can lead to infertility and intense pain in the form of cramps, adhesions-cysts and follicles on various organs.