Post # 1
Growing up I never had Health Insurance.. so if I got sick I would suck it up and wait a few days until I got better.
I have health insurance now and the problem is.. knowing when to go see a Dr.
what is an urgent sign and what is just something they will just give me tylenol for (because the few times ive gone its been upsetting how I get prescribed tylenol.. umm really? 15.00 co-pay when I could have just gone to Target?!)
Now.. here is my main question and I know no one can give medical advice but does it seem urgent!?
I started my period 11 days ago, that lasted 7 days (as it usually does) now its been 4 days (counting today) & I noticed some spotting ..
I understand things like this sometimes happen which makes me think.. just wait it out everything will be okay.
but then theres a part of me that thinks.. this has NEVER happened in the past, ive been off birth control for about 8 or 9 months and my period has been VERY on schedule of a 27-28 day cycle lasting about 7 days.. & I do often feel weird lil sharp cramps from time to time during the months … nothing that makes me hurt to the point of staying in bed but def noticeable.
should I wait it out or call a DR.?
& besides all of this are there any rules for when to see a DR. and when to handle it on your own with some OTCs?
Post # 3
First of all it is a FANTASTIC thing that you have health insurance! Congrats!
If you have never had spotting before I would go make an appointment with an ob/gyn. There are many things that can attribute to spotting. Sometimes I get a sharp pain mid cycle when my body is supposed to be releasing an egg. Have you started a new BC? or has something changed in your life?
My mom is a pharmacist and usually started me on something OTC when I was not feeling well. You would be surprised what 2 advil can do. Obviously there is no medicine that will cure the common cold. You can get things OTC that will help with the symptoms but only time will kick the cold. I suffer from sinus headaches and sinus infections. I always head for the Sudafed sinus headache… and when that does not work I know that I need to go to the doctor. Do not worry about going to the doctor. It is always better safe than sorry.
Post # 4
Thanks Ms. Caniche
& I guess I should add no, I am not using any form of birth control.
Post # 5
Could be a fluke if it’s the first time it’s ever happened to you. Is it possible it was a post-sex type thing? I would wait another menstrual cycle and if it happens again next month then go see the doc. Then at least you can tell the doctor that it’s a pattern. If you go to the gyn and say it only happened to you once, they are most likely going to tell you to wait and see if it happens again before they test for anything.
Post # 6
Do you have a gyno you see annually?
If so, I’d suggest calling & talking to the nurse. She can let you know if the spotting is no biggie or if you should come in and get looked at. Calling should be free.
If you don’t have a doc you can call, this would be a good time to get one since you’re supposed to get an annual pap smear and all that anyway – and you can kill 2 birds with one stone and ask them about this issue during your visit.
Sometimes I have light spotting between periods – if your cramps are minor and the bleeding is light, I think chances are good that your issue is no big deal.
Post # 7
It sounds to me like you’re experiencing mittelschmerz! But I’m no doctor, so grain of salt. Typically if I have any minor health concerns I’ll ask at an appointment, unless I’m sick with a nasty bug/have a broken bone/whatever.
Post # 8
Thank you ladies. I think I will wait until tomorrow morning and call my gyno then! Why are our bodies so complicated sometimes? =]
Post # 9
I agree about trying to talk to a nurse so you don’t have to automatically go in. It probably isn’t anything serious and the nurse could tell you that it’s okay or to come in.