More Medical Shananigans

If you’ve been following for a while, you should know I’ve been dealing with a lot of medical crap lately.  If you are a new reader, I’ll just say doctors are mostly assholes.

No, really.  I’ve been trying to figure out what is wrong with me.  I have a long list of symptoms, and I’m pretty sure it has to do with my hormone levels.  I’ve been to numerous doctors, each of which has done one test and said it was in my head.  I’ve been treated very badly.  I’ve been passed off to other doctors.  I’ve just been frustrated.

Recently, I visited a Gynecologist.  It was time of my yearly exam anyway, but I figured I could run the list of symptoms by him.  He brushed the symptoms off and tried to figure out how to treat each one individually.  He put me on a progesterone only birth control pill, which I asked for.  I really think it will fix most of my issues.  I’ll get back to this part later.

He mentioned that my uterus felt enlarged  and that it was probably filled with fibroids.  However, there was a chance I could have cancer.  I had an ultrasound done the very next day.

Two weeks later, I tried to figure out why I didn’t have my results yet.  Apparently the radiology facility sent the results to the wrong doctor.  They faxed my results to the correct doctor, and I went back to waiting.

I called to check on things the following day.  I left a message, and no one returned my call.

I called again the second day and talked to the receptionist.  She said my results were mailed to me, but my ultrasound was ‘all clear.’  I freaked out on her a bit, because I was told the doctor would call me.   She could not answer any of my questions and informed me that my doctor was out of the office until the end of the following week (this week).

I received the letter a few days later.  This is what it said:

gyn letter

Could this letter be any more vague?  It just raised more questions in my head.  Was my uterus still enlarged, and it wasn’t fibroids/cancer?  If so, what was causing it?  Was my uterus normal?  If so, what was he feeling?

So, I waited for the doctor to call me back.

In the meantime, I got a copy of my report from the radiology facility, along with a CD of my slides.  Does anyone want to see what my ovaries look like?  I haven’t looked at it yet, but I’m curious.

This is what the report said:

ultrasound report

 

That doesn’t sound like a clear ultrasound to me.  I know that cysts and such are pretty normal, but I still should have been informed of them.

I knew the ultrasound technician spent a lot of time on my left side, though.  It actually made me really worried how much time she spent taking photos over there.  Add that with the fact that I get ovulation pain on that side, and you get a very worried pami.

I finally spoke with the doctor yesterday, and he answered all of my questions.  My uterus is normal sized.  He was just feeling stomach fat, intestines, or scar tissue from my csection.  All of the cysts are completely normal.  The one of my ovary is actually collapsing, so it shouldn’t be an issue.

I just hope it doesn’t burst.  Seriously, guys, that’s the worst pain I’ve ever experienced in my life.  It’s worst than Pitocin-induced labor.  It sucks.

 

I’m just annoyed with how this whole situation has been handled.  I understand that doctors deal with tests like this all the time.  So, they’re a bit desensitized to the process.  However, this is only the second time in my life I’ve heard the words ‘you might have cancer.’  The first time was when I was about 20, and I had an abnormal pap.  I was anxious about this.  I wanted my results, not the vaguest form letter ever.

 

I’m just sick of doctors.  I’ve been to appointment after appointment for the past three months.  I just can’t stomach this any longer.  Instead of persevering, I’m going to do an experiment.  I have to see my regular doctor at the end of January to discuss my Cymbalta and the Gynecologist around the same time regarding my birth control.  Until then, I’m just going to keep taking the birth control to see if it helps.  If it does, I’ll just keep up with it.  If it doesn’t, then I’ll bring it up at those appointments.  I’ll probably make an appointment with a Naturopath at that point, too.

I’ve been taking the pills since Sunday, and I definitely feel better in a few different areas of my life.  It might be the placebo effect, but I’ll take it!

That means you all get a break from the medical posts until then.  Well, unless there is an emergency or a crazy awesome breakthrough.  I’m done being negative.  I’m done being treated this way.  I’m just done.

 

I’ve heard story after story of doctor fails since I’ve spoken out about my mistreatment.  It’s appalling that this seems like it’s the norm.

To everyone out there:  You do not deserve to be treated like this.  You are paying for a service, so don’t be afraid to speak up or even fire your doctor.

To people in the medical profession:  It’s NOT alright to treat people like this.  We are real people with real feelings.  We have questions and are not appeased by a negative result.  We want answers, not to be brushed aside.  Stop being major douche-nozzles.  Seriously.  Stop it.

 

I promise my next post will be happier.

Thank you for all your support!

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About pamasaurus

"I have learned to keep to myself how exceptional I am." ~Mason Cooley I'm a married stay at home mom living in Southern New Jersey. I have one daughter, one son, and three furbabies. I love to cook. I love to craft. I love to sew. I just.... love to create in general. I also am pretty fond of adventuring, of exploring new places. I'm shy when I first meet people, but once I'm comfortable with them, you can't shut me up. I'm crazy and silly. I have an unhealthy obsession with dinosaurs.
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23 Responses to More Medical Shananigans

  1. I’m very glad you posted your written results. It makes me feel better about your situation but then I spent years in school learning what all that crap means! 🙂 benign cysts are almost always painful while carcinoma is generally not. Check out if your insurance will pay for a certified acupuncturist. Seriously, Eastern medicine is great when Western medicine fails you and it doesn’t hurt to have all your bases covered. Acupuncture masters are so good – it doesn’t hurt – and it DOES make you feel better! Check it out. You won’t be worry!

    • pamasaurus says:

      It took me a while to google what all of that means. It wasn’t as easy as googling things usually is! I think it means my cyst is mostly liquid with a little bit of solid mass inside, and it’s slightly irregularly shaped instead of round. I could totally be off-base there, though.

      I’ll definitely look into an acupuncturist. I never thought of that. I’m definitely going to look into alternative medicines, like a Naturopath if the BC pill experiment fails.

      I’ve seen those shows like Mystery Diagnosis where people go years without being diagnosed. I always wondered how that could happen, but I totally understand now!

  2. Angie says:

    Glad your ok!! I think going to a Naturopath is a fantastic idea. Love the “douche nozzle” comment LOL , Still loving your posts and your comments on mine. 🙂 Stay well.

  3. Jennay says:

    I’m so sorry you’ve been going through all of this….but I’m ecstatic for you that everything is fine! It’s really nerve-wrecking that they play things out like they do….I remember when my mother was in the hospital a few years back. It’s painful and very stressing to the people that are waiting on results. Let’s hope that you have no emergencies and you can rest and enjoy the holidays with your loved ones! =)

  4. Yummygal says:

    Keep your chin up!! I hear ya on the cysts they suck ballszacks. If you need good docs I can always refer you to peeps that truly listen and care for their patients. (I’m here in SJ too) Your results look great, FYI. Glad you aren’t worrying anymore!

    • pamasaurus says:

      Thanks! They really do!!

      Luckily I have found a family doctor that I love (Dr. Heist in Glassboro). It’s the specialists I’m dealing with now! If you know a good endocrinologist 😉

  5. “Stop being major douche-nozzles. Seriously. Stop it.” Best. Line. Ever.
    This pretty much sums up what I’d like to say to a lot of my specialists, including my OBGYN for my first pregnancy and my midwife from my second.
    That is probably the worst letter I’ve ever seen. They could have sent you a postcard with the same info. A guy giving a thumbs up next to a uterus with the word “Normal” in colourful all caps.

    • pamasaurus says:

      Thanks! Sorry you had to deal with a crappy OBGYN as well. Doctors really do suck sometimes :/

      Hahaha. I really think they should switch to that postcard. I would’ve enjoyed that so much more than my vague form letter! At least it would’ve made me laugh!

  6. I’d hug you if I could! I know how painful they can be, and lately, all I’ve wanted to do is rip out my ovaries! Hopefully if you can find a Naturopath, you can get answers, better explanations and “cure”. ❤

    Totally off topic, but I did not take you for being a Pamela! LOL

    • pamasaurus says:

      Ugh, ovaries are the suckiest thing ever. Well, I mean, sometimes 😉 Hopefully you can figure out a way to get yours under control without having to wean Lennon!

      I HATE being called Pamela! I only use that when I absolutely need to, haha.

  7. KY says:

    I would advice you to follow your doctor’s advice, although you could still try all other alternatives at the same time. Regular medical check-ups should be done if you’re worried. I guess the word you’re looking for is ’empathy’ from the doctors. I don’t blame them, we sometimes do take things for granted, what you don’t know won’t kill you.

    If he/she explained to you in detail each and every findings, I think you would freak out by then. I guess the general rule is that most people prefer not to know, hence the lack of communication between the doctor and the patient.

    • pamasaurus says:

      I definitely believe that nothing is wrong. The way the situation was handled just annoyed me. I was told someone would call, but they sent the letter instead. Then it was impossible to find out exactly what ‘all clear’ meant.

      I’m just overreacting a bit because of my medical history. I’ve been to so many doctors over the past 3 years, and I’ve been treated like crap.

      I have a list of symptoms that takes up a whole page when typed. I’ve had a few doctors just tell me the symptoms are in my head. One doctor tested my thyroid. When that came back fine, she told me it was in my head, then shushed me and walked out of the room. The Endocrinologist tested my testosterone levels and refused to see me again when that was negative. The GYN that I mentioned here looked at the list and didn’t want to figure out the cause, only treat whatever symptoms he could.

      That’s what I was referring to when I mentioned doctors thinking a negative test result should appease me. Just because my thyroid is fine doesn’t mean that all of my symptoms magically disappeared, you know what I mean?

      That’s also why I’m considering going to a Naturopath. Obviously traditional medicine is not working (or, doesn’t want to work) for me at this point.

      I’ve had awesome doctors before, but since moving into the fine state of New Jersey, I’ve had issues with one right after another. It seems to be something with this state, because I’ve talked to many others who have had awful experiences as well.

  8. mhdriver says:

    When we lived in Florida I went through a gamut of doctors that, in my estimation, granulated with a C- or lower. It took better than a year to find someone that I trusted. When we would go on a trip in our coach I could feel the stress when I crossed the Florida border. I’m not saying to uproot and leave NJ. I just hope you can find a doctor that you trust that can find out what is going on .
    We where in an auto accident. I just had another MRI on my back last week, the results of two kids on crack in florida.

    • pamasaurus says:

      Ugh, sorry you had to go through all of that with the doctors in Florida. Thankfully, I’ve found a family doctor I like… now it’s just dealing with the specialists! They’re the worst, I think, haha.

      Sorry to hear about the accident! Hopefully you are ok and get better soon!! You never know who you are sharing the road with… my cousin was almost paralyzed by a drunk driver. It’s a scary world we live in!

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  11. espirational says:

    A Naturopath might not be a bad idea if you can afford it. They usually aren’t covered by most insurance but do have more training in diet and nutrition. Lifestyle changes including changing the way we eat have given Bob and I both answers to long ignored and misdiagnosed health issues.

    • pamasaurus says:

      That’s good to hear! Glad they’re working out for you.

      I’m pretty sure my issue is I have too much estrogen in my system. I cannot find a doctor who is willing to test me, though. I’ve been trying to figure out ways to decrease my estrogen, and one way is changing the way I eat. We’ve switched from ‘whatever meat is on sale’ to organic meats because cheap chicken is usually pumped full of estrogen to make them larger. It’s surprising how much it’s in everything! Ugh.

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