Post # 1
I’m not sure what is wrong with me and the doctor’s I go to don’t seem to be too concerned or interested (I don’t have a specific GP, I go to a medical center and have seen the same doctor multiple times, before going to a second and now a 3rd there).
I have lots of stomach issues (and I’m not pregnant, this has been going on for 3-4 years on birth control or off) and there are a few days each month where I get stomach cramps so bad that I have to go home. I also really, really have to go to the bathroom after the cramping. I also get bouts of nausea.
On Thursday I started my period and woke up with a fairly mild headache. My ears were hurting, too, so I thought it might be a sinus headache. I went to the doctor to have him check my ears and he said they weren’t blocked so it probably was a sinus thing. I then told him that the second reason I was there was to discuss all these other symptoms I was having and that I had just gotten my period today.
Two friends, when I have described all of my symptoms to them (including lower back pain and sex being painful on entry-sorry for the tmi and all the stuff I’ve mentioned above) have suggested it sounds like endometriosis to them. I told the doctor after reading up online about it, I think that fits what I have and could he refer me on to a gynocologist so I could finally have this sorted. He said for now he just wants to put me on birth control and see how I do for 3 months and then refer me on.
I went home that afternoon and the headache got progressively worse. I took these prescription strength pain pills (prodeine forte) and they didn’t work. I went to work yesterday and felt awful. After work, I came home, took another pill, and napped before FI’s birthday dinner. At dinner I felt awful- my stomach was queasy and my head was hurting. After dinner I starting feeling really, really nauseous and ended up going in to the bathroom and vomiting up my whole dinner. Normally this makes me immediately feel better, but last night I only felt about half better. Today, I’m slowly recovering.
Anyway, anyone out there with a medical background who can suggest what it is they think I’m dealing with? I’ve been tracking it and the stomach problems typically happen about 2 weeks out from getting my period. I haven’t had a migraine like this for about 9 months and I haven’t been tracking my nausea. I’m worried that I’m being ignored by the doctor’s that I see. Both Fiance and I fear that by the time I do see the right person they’ll tell me that I should’ve been in to see them a year ago because now it’s too late and I’m infertile or something.
I should also say that I’ve cut gluten before thinking that was the problem but it didn’t make a difference, nor did cutting dairy or meat/poultry.
Post # 3
@OzToCaBride: I am sorry you are going through this. I would not be in pain for another 3 months! You may have to get aggressive with the doctor about your care.Tell him you will not wait. Write a letter of complaint to his manager/ hospital and express your concerns, let them know you are in extreme pain that causes you to miss work and you are not pleased with his lack of concern. This is grounds for FMLA so you don’t get fired from your job for missed days. You may have to be a bull dog but who gives a crap about being nice when its your health thats at stake. You can PM me if you need help. I’m good at things like that.
Post # 4
I’m living in Aus right now, not the States. They are normally pretty good about workers rights and leave so I’ll have to look up to see if we have something similar to the FMLA that you mentioned (had to look it up as hadn’t heard of it before). Thanks for your input and your fighting spirit! I think I do need to be more aggressive. Luckily, I’m scheduled to go back in on Monday for a skin cancer check and I’ll bring up how my symptoms got progressively worse after I saw him on Thursday.
Post # 5
@OzToCaBride: Do not let him shut you down. Tell him you will not take no for an answer. Tell him waiting another 3 months is not an option. Ask him what are the other options. Good luck.
Post # 6
Can you just bypass the GP and go on your own to see a gynecologist? If a gyn won’t see you without a referral, do you have something similar to planned parenthood there? In the states they provide gynecological care, but I’m not sure how it works in Oz. =o/ I’d try to circumvent the system if you can and see a specialist asap. Good luck!!!
Post # 7
Kind of scary to just throw you on some pills- espcially if no blood work has been drawn to check the hormone level balance, etc – so pills could be hurting instead of helping, like you are feeling.
I hope you get the relief and knowledge you need to get this under control for your own sanity and well being!
Sounds like the potential for an ovarian cyst?
What are the symptoms?
Most functional ovarian cysts do not cause symptoms. The larger the cyst is, the more likely it is to cause symptoms. Symptoms can include:
- Pain or aching in your lower belly, usually when you are in the middle of your menstrual cycle.
- A delay in the start of your menstrual period.
- Vaginal bleeding when you are not having your period.
Some functional ovarian cysts can twist or break open (rupture) and bleed. Symptoms include:
- Sudden, severe pain, often with nausea and vomiting.
- Pain during or after sex.
Post # 8
I just learned that there is a planned parenthood type of organization here, that is a great (and obvious, I feel dumb for not considering that before) idea as an alternative for waiting for the doctor to give me a referral.
@Eva Peron: I don’t have a delay in my menstruation and other than these past couple of months, I never even noticed the correlation between my cycle and the problems I was having as they seemed to be more to do with stomach stuff. Thank you for the suggestion, that is another thing I will keep in mind as a potential. You’ve also scared me a bit regarding him putting me back on BC without any type of blood work. I will bring this up when I go in on Monday.