Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I'm Not a Man - I'm a Woman - With Woman Problems

What did I learn from last week's surgery? While doctors are experts on the human body, I am an expert on my body. You know how the pain from stubbing your toe is different from the pain of a throbbing headache. Well the pain in my abdominal is "woman pain." It is my PMS pain, it is my I'm in pre-term labor pain, it is my it's that time of the month pain. Of course the pain I have now is worse and more frequent, but is in the spot where I always have "woman pain."

When this first started, I went to my gynecologist. She took care of one thing, but it didn't solve the problem. I went back to see her again. At that time, an ultrasound even showed the ovarian cyst I mentioned in my last post. However, the cyst is on the right ovary and my pain is on the left.

So for the past three months, we have been on this hernia, no hernia cycle. With that cycle complete, I am back to where I started. I know my body and this is an ovarian problem.

Yesterday, I went to see the gynecologist. I went prepared with a long speech. I had studies about referred pain (did you know that with abdominal pain - 35% of the time patients "feel" it in the wrong spot?). I had a personal history of this problem (back with a ruptured ovarian cyst at 16). I had a family history (my mom had cysts her whole life and a hysterectomy before age 40). I even had a family history of referred pain.

I had my speech prepared. My doctor took one look at the pictures of my ovary (from the surgery) and said - "honey, that's your problem. Your pain may be referred to the wrong side, but that ovary is what's your problem." I didn't even need a speech. She agreed with me before I said a word.

With that diagnosis, I get to have SURGERY AGAIN. I need to get an MRI first and then we will schedule it. Probably in the next two weeks.

Unlike the surgery with Dr. Enochs, I feel much more confident that this is truly my problem. However, once bitten twice shy. Once my MRI is done and I get a copy of my surgical records, I plan to double check the diagnosis with another doctor. Hopefully, the two will concur, the surgery will happen, and my pain will be gone.

No matter what happens next, I will keep you posted.

That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of love.

1 comment:

Di said...

Oh my God!!! I would be livid, furious, dangerous.