Sunday, April 26, 2009

Polycystic ovaries, myoma and my birthday...

I have been experiencing pain on the left side of my abdomen.
The pain would start on my side, pierce through my back, only to have it shoot up towards my shoulder and neck part. The pain would range from a consistent dull to a pain that actually made me want to be rushed in a hospital. After much prodding (and a lot of pain) I eventually went to see a doctor. I was told to have an ultrasound and my blood checked. So it began...

I went directly to where I was told to go, and ended up sitting among women. Pregnant women at that. Each soon-to-be-mommy mindlessly touching their belly, and I was the only one who didn't have a bun in the oven in that room. As my name was called, I went inside to have my reproductive organs checked. I do not know if it was due to my lack of experience with such ,or something was just wrong with my body since the doctor doing the ultrasound seemed perplexed. Much so that she even called another doctor with her to help her with "something".
Definitely not a good sign. I caught little whispers, uncertainties, a little disagreement and eventually, a conclusion. I took a mental note on some things I heard and told myself to check them online after I get home. Since I couldn't have my blood taken that day, I decided to return the following day for my blood test.

After I got home, I immediately went online and tried to remember the things the two doctors were saying... something about immature follicles... my right ovary being difficult to see and something myoma on my uterus.

  • immature follicles - arrested development of follicles = no ovulation
So I haven't been ovulating. I wondered how many immature follicles were there inside me just waiting. Waiting for something that may not even come for a few years time.

  • myoma - A mass/tumor of smooth muscle in the wall of the uterus.
It says on the site that such cases are benign and not cancerous.
That's a good thing right?


April 23, 2009

My 29th birthday!
Went straight to the hospital to have my blood checked.
Got the ultrasound result which meant that I can research more on the findings.


April 24, 2009

Back to the doctor's clinic.
I was told that I have polycystic ovaries which causes a lot of irregularities with regards to my reproductive system. It means that my ovaries have over 10 immature follicles (no ovulations for me) and cysts causing my hormones to go haywire. Pain in the abdomen area, excessive bleeding, irregular menstrual periods and weight problems are just some of the things that are caused by it. That if I want to be pregnant, I would have to take fertility pills in order for me to conceive... and yes, to top it all off, I do have a mass on my uterus.
Having said that, I am to have regular ultrasound to monitor whether or not the mass is growing or not. So far, the myoma is currently 45x20mm (that's about 2 inches by 1 inch in size) I am hoping that my next ultrasound would have findings stating that the myoma is still of the same size. That would spare me being under the knife.


I am currently taking three kinds of different medicines.
There is however one that I just find to be so ironic,
I need to take contraceptive pills to correct my hormonal imbalance.
Wonder why I find that to be ironic?
Simply because I am a lesbian.
Had my body been normal, I would never ever be in need of such pills.
It's been a joke in our household for some time now,
the only lesbian who takes contraceptive pills.

These are just half of what I went through during the week of my birthday.
The other half is nothing but pure bliss.
Now that other half, deserves a whole new post ^_^

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