So Many Questions...
First, I want to mention that reading the posts here have been helpful.
I initially joined this site months ago to read more regarding my father's diagnosis (he was diagnosed in March of 2020 with kidney cancer). Weeks later, we understood he was Stage IV with mets to lungs and bones. He has been receiving immunotherapy, and we are blessed that he has responded well to this treatment so far. Initially, he had lost a lot of weight (from 195 down to 134), but I am so happy to report he's now back up to 154. I tend to attribute this to the fact that I have an absolutely amazing Warrior-Mom who is by his side and feeding him well. They have been married 50 years. In fact, they will celebrate 51 tomorrow.
In May of this year, I started having back aches. I had also had rectal bleeding for a few years that my doctor said was likely hemorrhoids. Long story short, I had an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy completed that resulted in having to have a second colonoscopy and EMR to remove a rectal polyp that had a precancerous pattern. Received pathology report and doctor's phone call letting me know there were cells on the margin that he believed would "not be a problem later due to cauterization completed upon the EMR removal of the 2.4cm lesion", but the whole experience left me a bit unnerved, and I am back for yet another colonoscopy in December. I can't complain, as I give credit to the doctor that I didn't have to have the trans-anal surgery to remove it instead. I also have to mention that the first doctor completing the first colonoscopy could not determine if the polyp was in the rectum or anus, so that started me on a whole other search prior to them determining it was in the rectum. Dr. Google has NOT been my friend, and I clearly didn't give you the "long story short" version, did I?
Since that time, I have had a few x-rays to try to figure out why the back and abdominal pain (which I assumed might be from two colonoscopies within two weeks) persisted.
In February of 2020, at the age of 45, I had bleeding that lasted for three weeks. I mentioned this to a colleague who thought it might be due to beginning perimenopause or menopause. My mom was finished with menstruation at 47, so I thought it might be possible. I went to the OB/GYN and she did an edometrial biopsy which came back negative. I had bleeding for three weeks from mid-January to Feb. 5th, and then again from Feb 8th to 27th in 2020. The doctor wrote on her notes that she did not do US due to age and she believed this was me transitioning into next phase. Since March of 2020, my periods have been 23/24 days apart, heavy, but only for maybe three days. No spotting between. I have always had heavy periods that used to last 7-8 days.
When I met with my doctor this year, she ordered the US and I received the report that says I have:
Uterus is 8.4x5.6x4.3 cm (yes, you now know more about me than I did last week).
Endometrial stripe is 14 mm in thickness. (I ended up with the US right before I would have started my period - 1 day later...but still curious about this one)
Heterogeneous hypoechoic 1.7 cm lesion closely associated with the endometrial stripe in the uterine fundus with some internal vascular flow. 2 additional posterior subcentimeter intramural uterine body/fundal lesions also noted. Ovaries are within normal limits. No adnexal mass. No significant pelvic free fluid.
On follow up with the doctor yesterday, she felt doing a hysteroscopy would be best for the polyp, and said it might also be a fibroid. The top of the report about "findings" said:
1.7 cm heterogeneous lesion closely associated with the endometrial stripe at the uterine fundus may represent polyp versus submucosal fibroid.
I guess I am writing all of this to try to sort out what it might be beforehand, as I want to either be prepared for what may be coming, or to calm myself if I am just spinning from the previous few months. What I have read seems to suggest it would have been better to read that a polyp was "homogeneous and hyperechoic". I think the reason I am a bit more nervous than normal is that I developed a slight cough about 6 weeks ago, and I have had upper back and shoulder pain that had me worried previously. I know my mom attributes the aches and pains to possible perimenopause. I have had tons of night sweats, but again, not sure if it's one thing or another. I had a chest x-ray that was clear in July, as well as a lumbar x-ray and cervical - both just showing mild disc degeneration and spondylosis.
So, any thoughts are welcomed. I am waiting for the doctor to call to schedule the hysterscopy. She didn't feel the endometrial biopsy was the best route when I saw her as she said she prefers to take the polyp/lesion/possible fibroid out directly and that the endometrial biopsy wouldn't necessarily show specifics compared to taking the lesion out and sending it for pathology.
I am so sorry for writing so long. I am an only child and single mom (dad hasn't been involved for more than 10 years) to an awesome 14-year-old son. I don't want to bother my mom with this, as she is the caretaker for my dad and is handling so very much. I also live in California and they are in Texas. I visited in July and want to keep the focus on good news for both of them, as my parents have always been awesome with recognizing that each day is a gift and the focus is on the day since we don't know what tomorrow holds.
I appreciate reading all of your stories and seeing that no matter which direction this goes, I can find support.
Apologies for how long that was. I feel like I have been able to find more information on this forum than I have been able to find when asking my doctors, so I thank you for that.
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