Mar 25, 2014 - 7:47 pm
I would like to start by saying I have not been diagnosed with any type of cancer, however I am looking for some feedback from Ya'll and who better to ask then those that have first hand experience with this subject. I think you are all brave women btw. I have read some of the posts and your strength is admirable. I will try to make this short, haha, but probably won't succeed. So here we go... I am 38, married with 3 children. About a year ago I started spotting a bit between periods and it gradually became more and more frequent as well as the amount also increased. I am sorry if it is graphic... The spotting ranges from gushing bloody water, normal looking blood, to a very thick brown discharge. I constantly have to wear a pad as I never know when it will happen. I was once at one of my daughter's practices and wasn't prepared and it completely soaked through my jeans and started down my legs, talk about embarrasing. My periods have also become extremely heavy. I have almost constant cramp like pain and lower pelvic/back pain that sometime radiates up my side. I am usually really good about maintaning my weight, but I have recently put on about 12 lbs in a couple of months and it all seems to be in my mid section.
I finally worked up the courage to go see a gynocologist who immediatly wanted to put me on birth control to see if that would help. He also kept insisting that he screen for STD's. Ok, I can understand that he wanted to cover all the bases but I insisted that they were not nessasary but he did them anyways. They came back negative. I do not like taking medication or anything that is not necessary, which I explained to him so he sent me for an transvaginal ultrasound. The ultrasound revealed a very thick endometrial lining and what looked like a solid ovarian cyst. When I finally got in touch with his office almost 2 weeks later to ask about the results, his assistant said he wanted to schedule me for an endometrial biopsy. I had no idea why at the time as I didn't see the doctor. When I went in for the biopsy he said that my endometrial lining was a bit thicker than it should be and that is why he was doing the biopsy. He never even mentioned the cyst, and to be honest I'm not sure he even looked at the actual ultrasound as he had to read the computer screen in the room to remind himself why I was there. After the biopsy he said if it comes back positive for hyperplasia we would talk about treating it with hormones.
Once again I had to call the office to get the results after 11 days and once again I did not speak with the doctor. The great news is that the biopsy came back negative for hyperplasia, cancer and atypia. I was a bit angry that he let me stress for 11 days for nothing. His assistant said he wanted to call in a prescription for birth control pills and see me back in 6 months and I should track any bleeding. Sorry for being so long winded :) but I was wondering if anyone had a similar experience during their journey of finding a diagnosis? Can a hormonal imbalance cause this pain and should I look for another Doctor or just play his wait and see game? Any advise or shared experience is greatly appreciated.