Friday, July 3, 2009

Worried

I've always been a worrier.  As of yesterday I have new reason to worry.  I've been having some lower abdominal discomfort.  It feels like I have a canker sore in my ovary that someone pokes every once in while.  It's not exactly a sharp pain, but it's not an ache either. There's also been a weird fullness or pressure in the area. I've been having some GI distress for the last couple of months.  And for the last two months my periods have gotten weird, varying lengths and lighter, but with some cramps for weeks ahead of time.  My PCP was pushing the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) angle, but I wasn't completely sold on it.  I asked for an ultrasound because I worried I might have another mucinous cystadenoma.  My left ovary was removed about 2 1/2 years ago due to one.  If was after that removal that my FSH jumped and my fertility went downhill quickly. 

Yesterday afternoon, I had my date with the dildocam.  The GYN nurse practitioner filling in for mine called last evening to let me know that I have a complex cyst on my right ovary.  She said they think it's likely an endometrioma or a hemorrhagic cyst.  Of course, those are the exact words used by my RE when she first discovered the cyst on my left ovary, which turned out to be neither of those possibilities.  I went to surgery thinking I was going to get rid of some endo and woke up without an  ovary.  This time I feel like my most likely, and best case, scenario is a mucinous cystadenoma.  Pessimist that I am (beating the infertility odds on the negative side every time tends to squeeze the optimism out of you), I've been googling the worst case scenario, too.  Apparently, there's about a 6% chance that a complex cyst is cancerous. 

The next step is to talk to my regular nurse practitioner when she gets back on Tuesday.  I was told she'll probably want to schedule an MRI.  Personally, I feel like telling her to screw the MRI; just schedule the f&%#ing surgery.  They're going to need to operate anyway for a complex cyst and I want it out, O-U-T, OUT.  I'm not thrilled at the thought of surgical menopause, but the idea that it could be even worse than a mucinous cystadenoma, that it could the the big C, is way more frightening than hot flashes.  

How messed up is it that right next to dying, my biggest worry about all of this is that it will keep us from adopting? 

10 comments:

Claudia said...

Gah... I know *exactly* what you mean. Even my husband has felt the same thing - a few days ago, he said 'I would be realy mad if you died soon, because I really want to adopt and that would ruin it'.

So hmmm... pretty normal, I think .

I really hope that you get answers SOON - and that they are good answers.

tubaville said...

As much as I hate hormones, I am totally with you on getting it out of there. Better to be safe than sorry. It will only get worse anyway. At least all of my crap did.

As for the adoption thing, this isn't life threatening at this point and a ovary removal is only about 2-3 weeks of downtime so no one needs to know :) Your personal, as we call it in my house, boo-iz-ness.

RB said...

I hope you get more answers on Tuesday. Try not worry. It's easier said than done, I know. You are a strong woman and will get through whatever life throws at you. Just think of all the things you've been through so far. I'll be thinking of you.

Polly Gamwich said...

Oh Karen I hope this all turns out to be nothing major ... I so hope you don't lose your other ovary!

I'm so sorry you're going through this - I'll be waiting on pins and needles with you.

Beautiful Mess said...

Sending you lots of love. I hope when you go in, it's nothing to be too worked up about.
Good luck!
*HUGS*

Barb said...

Not messed up at all. Lots to worry about. Sending lots of strong good wishes your way sweetie.

Lost in Space said...

Crap, Karen. You really are on a rollercoaster ride right now, huh?

I'm so sorry you have this to add to your plate. Always here with you, sending strength and love...

Wendy said...

Karen,
I'm so sorry. I hope that you get some more information tomorrow. I'll be thinking about you.

Wendy said...

I hope you're doing okay, Karen - just wanted to stop by your blog and tell you I'm thinking of you...

WaterBishop said...

Hope it's ok. Take care.