Feb 13, 2010 - 4:16 pm
Hi...I'm not sure where to begin, so I guess I should go to the beginning.
I've been post menopausal for a little over two years. Several months ago I had an episode of spotting that lasted a couple of days. I really paid little attention to it as it was very, very light. I only noticed it when I wiped after using the bathroom and it wasn't enough to require a panty liner. I did find it odd but it was here and gone before I felt any concern.
About 2 months ago I noticed I was having frequent lower back pain on my right side. I though I might be drinking too much Pepsi and it was affecting my kidneys. I've never had that problem before but that's what came to mind given the location of the pain. The pain still comes and goes despite my dialing back my Pepsi intake and increasing my water intake.
I also found myself often feeling crampy. That low, heavy feeling accompanied by cramps in my tummy that I used to get prior to day one of my period and it would usually recede as soon as my period started.
I had decided to make an appt. to see my family doctor as soon as Xmas was over. Right after New Years Day I got a letter stating that the doctors in our family doctors practice were all leaving the group they belonged to and opening a new office Feb. 1. So I put off making the doctor appointment thinking it could wait until the new office was up and running.
I called the first Monday in Feb. and made an appt. My appt. is for Feb. 25th.
This past Monday I began to have the spotting again. Very watery, pinkish spotting. Added to the back and tummy aches I've been having made me wonder what the heck was up. Could I be going to have a period again after all this time? Is that what this was all about?
So I went where I always go when my curiosity is piqued...Dr. Google. The only thing that popped up when I googled "What would cause spotting in a post menopausal woman" was uterine cancer. The symptoms I am having are all listed in the list of symptoms for UC. Que instant freaking out!!
My question is this...would I be overreacting if I called my doctor Monday morning and insist she refer me to a OB/GYN asap?
My old ob/gyn retired about 6 yrs. ago and I've been having my yearly pap tests with my family doctor. I know if this is something serious she will need to refer me to a gynecologist anyway. My feeling is given what I have going on and what I've read on the internet I shouldn't fiddle around waiting for my Feb. 25th appt. to come and then wait additional time to get in to see a gynecologist.
Also as the week has progressed the spotting has not stopped. If I do too much the spotting becomes slightly heavier and bright red. The cramping also has increased, though the back pain hasn't been too evident.
Am I overreacting to what I've read on the internet or am I reacting appropriately?