Jan 11, 2009 - 5:41 pm
I'm 33 and have been having some symptoms that I didn't really think to be anything too terrible until I started researching...and now I'm getting really concerned. I had my 3rd child in Feb 2008, and restarted my cycles again in August. The first 2 were normal for me (some mid cycle bleeding), but the third one in Oct was VERY heavy. I figured since I'd had the baby, maybe my body was just needing to catch up and get things really cleaned out. The next month was a little heavier...and longer (12 days), followed by another period one week later. In the meantime, my stomach is starting to bloat out, and I look like I'm 4-5 months pregnant. I have to pee all the time, and I spot off and on all the time, and after my husband and I are intimate. My last cycle began Dec 29th...and was the heaviest yet...going through tampon + pad every 30 min for a spell of 4-5 hours on the heaviest day. (I had a really embarrasing accident out in public too...went through everything in a matter of 45 min...through tampon/pad/3 layers of cloths...SOOO embarrassing). That's when a flag went up for me...I don't want that to happen again, so I scheduled an appt for the GYN. He seemed to indicate that he thought it was most likely hormonal, etc...suggesting progesterone pills or IUD...or to just get pregnant again (ha...doubt my husband will go for a fourth). He did a pelvic and said my uterus was swollen and spongy. I'm not exactly sure what that means...but he's scheduled me for a U/S this Wednesday to get it checked out. All my symptoms, in a nutshell, are extremely heaving periods (passing clots), spotting through out cycle and after sex, bloated so I look pregnant, frequent urination, sometimes I have a watery discharge that seems like pink urine...not a lot of it...just happened a few times, and of course the swollen uterus. My mom had adenomyosis 5 years ago and had to have a hysterectomy due to the heavy bleeding. So, I'm thinking this is either hormonal, fibroids, adenomyosis, or worse, uterine cancer. I'm hating this wait for the U/S...just wish I could get it done and know something. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Anyone know the probabilities of what the outcome could be based on my age and symptoms? Are there any certain questions I should be asking the U/S tech about this Wednesday? Maybe uterine lining thickness, etc? Am I being overly concerned or paranoid for nothing?