- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
So, this year I really took the reins of getting my health in check and in line. I am a very healthy 29 year old woman…I don’t drink (except occassional glasses of wine here and there….maybe once a month), I don’t smoke, and I am pretty active. My dad is in remission from colon cancer and so the whole process of getting him healthy again was basically a slap in my face to wake up and get to the doctors.
I did my annual physical and everything was great.
…but then I went to the gyno. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. Which I know I should have gone sooner, but I kind of just blew it off…which again, I know I should have not done.
Anyway…I went to the gyno and everything looked fine she said.
She gave me a breast exam and told me I had seven lumps in my chest. Immediately, my stomach dropped. I told her before the appointment I had a history of cancer in my family. I immediately set up an appointment with a Radiologist. Fast forward a week later my Radiologist finds just one tiny (TEENY) cyst that turns out to be nothing…but wait, my Gyno told me there were 7 in there! My Radiologist even said to me “Hey, I thought you said there were seven.” She looked over the paperwork and sure enough my Gyno had marked seven lumps down. NOPE. So I was relieved, but also felt my confidence in my Gyno a little shaken.
Fast forward another week, I get the dreaded “Your pap is abnormal” call. I am a natural worrier so I immediately began freaking out. I called my doctor back and asked her a few questions but I couldn’t get any answers which really aggravated me.
Here’s how the convo went”
Me: How could this have happened? What could have made it come back as abnormal?
Dr: I don’t know. It could be HPV. Most likely is HPV.
Me: Ok, but how serious are the results?
Dr: I don’t know. That’s why you should come in and do a colposcopy.
Me: You don’t know how serious the results are?
Dr: No, but it’s likely nothing. I don’t know.
I got about 3 more “I don’t know’s” and I finally gave up. I know there is more information regarding the pap but she just isn’t really telling me anything. It’s quite frustrating.
I also spoke with my GP who told me she thinks that maybe a second opinion would be best, only because the Gyno is insisting on a colposcopy without actually explaining to me why. I know there are levels of cells on a Pap and I don’t even know what level mine are only because my doctor tells me she doesn’t know anything.
Has this ever happened to anyone else? Do you think I should go through with the colposcopy or get a second opinion?