A few days ago, I had a diagnostic laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. They found endometriosis, a uterine polyp and some weird uterine tissue. Our family and friends reaction has been “You just can’t catch a break!” but we believe finding these problems IS a break.
We have suspected endometriosis for years and years as I have had digestive problems and abdominal/pelvic pain forever. A laparoscopy was encouraged by my gastroenterologist years ago but my gynecologist, PCP and surgeon wanted to delay it for good reasons (that whole complicated situation is another blog post).
Dietary changes, physical therapy and Chinese medicine helped but I felt that it was time for the laparoscopy in March 2014. I scheduled the laparoscopy for the end of April 2014 and got time off of work. I was ready! In early April, my husband got a job offer in Austin, Texas and they wanted him to start ASAP. I canceled the surgery to haul ass to Texas.
Over the past two years my cycles have changed. They have always been predictable and crazy painful. The pain hasn’t changed but otherwise they have become completely unpredictable. I complained to my new gynecologist and we found a polyp on an ultrasound. “THIS is definitely causing all of your problems!” she said. Where was that polyp when I went to the emergency room last month???!!!
I had a hysteroscopy and polypectomy in May 2015. I found out the polyp was over 4 cm long and 2 cm wide. My uterus and recognized it as a foreign object and was trying to squeeze it out of me causing contraction-like pains. Also, it bled like crazy 24/7. I felt better almost immediately after it was removed but it didn’t last.
Maybe a month or so after the polypectomy, all my symptoms came back and this time it was worse. I complained to my doctor who put me on progesterone to control my cycle. The progesterone improved my mood and made me gain 10 lbs but my symptoms only got worse.
I complained and complained to my doctor for 5 more months. She had a Dr. Hibbert like quality to her which caused her to laugh as she suggested an IUD and other birth control options. I couldn’t take her or any of those options seriously as long as she was laughing. Finally, I suggested a laparoscopy. I expected her to give me her medical opinion and she just shrugged and said “Sure!”. Well, ok then.
I consider finding endometriosis, another polyp and weird tissue a break because now we know what we are dealing with. These are all pieces of the puzzle that explain why I feel the way I feel. These puzzle pieces are a valuable tool when you have been dismissed by doctors your whole life.
My next steps include:
- Heal from the surgery (recovery hasn’t been as easy as they make it out to be)
- Address these issues primarily with Chinese medicine
- Find a new gynecologist.