WHY I WENT TO THE DOCTOR
My whole life I have loved going to the doctor. Seriously, I loved researching my symptoms, self-diagnosing myself, and then going to the doctor and seeing if I was right. In fact, I diagnosed myself with Raynauds before a single doctor uttered the word.
Then, I started having some problems I was embarrassed about.
For whatever reason, our society has created the impression that lady problems are something we need to keep quiet about. Cramps are nothing some Midol can’t fix and if you’re bleeding too much, just get a super tampon. When my problems started happening, I wasn’t sure what to say that wouldn’t have the same response I have heard time and time again.
I have been on birth control for over half of my life. I just turned 24, so quite a long time. I have had terrible cysts and irregular periods since I was a young girl. I started off on the pill and couldn’t remember to take it – I was a kid, what would one expect? Then, in high school, I did a typical me move and researched all of the new birth controls out there and found the Nuva Ring. Ah, the saving grace of my menstrual cycle. I was on the Nuva Ring from 15 to the August before my 21st birthday. My body was pretty used to and RELIED on added hormones to keep my cycle in check and my cysts from hurting.
Eventually, I got tired of thinking about changing my ring every month. And I was sick of getting a period. My cramps were always pretty bad, but thanks to the beloved Nuva Ring, they were normal. I went into research mode, again. After a few quick Google searches, I found this thing called an IUD. I was amazed.
5 years of no baby.
Little to no period.
No thinking about changing your ring or taking the pill.
I was sold.
I went to my mom with this newer birth control and begged her to let me get it. After a few trips to my gyno, I had it put in.
I love the Mirena IUD. I can not say enough great things about it. My periods completely went away, I had no cramping, and I was worry free.
But, my body disagreed.
About a year and a half after getting my IUD, I started having random, painful cramps and bleeding. And I’m not just talking about “take a midol and get a heating pad” cramps, I am talking doubled over in pain, cannot move without being in excruciating pain, so much blood that it literally looks like a mass murder happened, vomiting, cramps and bleeding.
If I didn’t know better, I would have questioned if I was miscarrying.
Then, one night, it was the worst pain. I never imagined I could hurt so bad. I threw up over the pain. I couldn’t be in any position without hurting. I couldn’t stand without crying. The pain was so bad that I woke up at 3 AM – and I hardly wake up throughout the night.
That morning I went to my doctor for an emergency appointment. My doctor said I had a blood filled cyst that was leaking and I would be fine soon enough. I was sent home with some antibiotics and the hope that this would be over.
I was wrong.
It continued to happen. I was bleeding 29/30 days a month. I stopped working out because when I would run I would get horrible pain and gush blood. I stopped wearing certain clothes because I knew I would get in pain at some point of the day and wanted to be comfortable.
I knew this wasn’t normal, but my doctor said it was.
From March through July I constantly was researching what was going on with me. I thought PCOS for sure. I finally found a doctor that was experienced in my problems and went for an appointment the first week of August.
During that first visit, I started to cry. I finally had some answers and knew I wasn’t crazy…
Stay tuned for the next post about what answers the doctor gave me…