Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Dreaded Update

I have been procratinating this update just about as long as I could.  This post is filled with so many frustrations, impatience, and emotions.  I guess it's about time I filled everyone in on what's going on with my health issue.

I'm on month 3 of a mysterious pain in my lower left abdomen/pelvic area.  I have gone to my personal doctor a couple of times, and a couple of specialists and have had 2 procedures down all to no avail.  My doctor explained that the only 2 things in that area is an ovary and the colon so she ordered an ultrasound to figure out if it was the ovary.

I had to go to a different doctor to have the ultrasound done.  Nothing showed up on the ultrasound and I was told that both ovaries (they went ahead and looked on the right side, too) looked fine.  So with the ovary eliminated, I was sent to a gastrointerologist.

After an unpleasant appointment with a gastrointerologist, I was scheduled for a colonoscopy.  I apparently went into the appointment knowing way to much about gastrointerology.  If you remember, I had decided to try a gluten free diet a while back just to see if I noticed a difference.  Well the doctor did not appreciate that I took matters into my own hands and she sort of chastised me for it, but after explaining that I have a specific form of hypothyroidism that is closely associated with celiac disease, as well as a mother with celiac disease, she finally came around and said I should maintain the new diet.  Anyways, she didn't care for me, I didn't care for her, she hasn't followed up on a blood test she ordered for me, and I'm choosing not to return to her.  But, I did go ahead with the colonoscopy (which another doctor did).

So last week, my dear mother came to visit me and take me to my colonoscopy which really wasn't that bad.  People hyped up about the preparation being the worse part, but that was quick and painless for me.  The worse part for me was the IV.  It stung like crazy and they gave me a special pillow to lay my arm on so I'd quit complaining.  After it was all done, the doctor explained to my mom (I don't remember much after the procedure other than being woozy and thinking I could walk by myself) that everything looked normal and he  didn't think the problem is in the colon or intestine.  He said after reviewing my file, he thinks it was an ovarian cyst that had burst.  However, the ultrasound didn't show anything, and I'm still in pain (which he didn't grasp).  He did go ahead and take a few biopsies to make sure there's no infection or bacteria causing the problem.

So I'm back to square one.  I am no further into figuring out the pain than when it first started.  After the surgery, the pain came back in full force like how it was when I first discovered it.  The gastrointerologist set up another appointment with the first lady I met with.  I'm going to try and see if I can switch to the doctor who did the colonoscopy so I don't have to play round-robin with the lady again -- but that appointment isn't until the end of July.  I don't know if that's because they are waiting on the biopsy results or if they're just that busy.  I don't know, I guess I just have to call the office and haggle with them, but I hate doing that.

So in the meantime, I'm going to go back to my original doctor and see if maybe something has been missed or if there's a different procedure I should be looking into.  You would think with all these people working on this problem it'd get fixed quick.  Oh well, I guess I don't fuss enough.

In other news, I'm having LASIK done in 3 days --- AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH.  I'll update on that after the surgery!

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