Aug 13, 2013 - 9:13 pm
Everything below is kinda embarrassing, so if you have no vagina - stop reading and get out of here.
About a month ago I noticed a new curious symptom, like tiny farts or air bubbles coming out of vagina, mostly when I change positions or caugh. It did not bother me until I started researching this phenomena and concluded that I probably have RVF (recto-vaginal fistula). I called my ONC, she was on vacation for a month, but found time in her busy schedule to reply with an email saying to get off the internet and to go see my GP.
I went to a local OBGYN; he referred me to another OBGYN, the pelvic floor repair expert. I saw him today.
Well, I don't have a fistula. What I have is called rectocele (this is the new word I learned) and it's a hernia in the recto-vaginal wall, causing rectum to prolapse / bulge into the vaginal cuff. It was caused by 1) hysterectomy and 2) muscle thinning from the lack of estrogen. And until I develop problems emptying bowels, he advised against surgical repair, told me not to lift anything heavy, to eat lots of fiber and sent me on my way.
Ovarian cancer / BRCA1+ / ascites / TAHBSO / menopause / peripheral neuropathy / chemo brain / ventral hernia / rectocele... it's the gift that keeps on giving.
Tomorrow I'm getting my semi-annual mammogram and breast MRI as part of high-risk breast cancer surveillance. I am due for a break, right?