...because my ultrasound and barium enema test results had come in. They found some stuff...
The ultrasound revealed fibroids in my womb. Apparently they are too small to remove, but are likely responsible for my heavy TOMs and some of the associated pain.
The barium enema confirmed that I have Diverticular Disease. There are quite a number of the little diverticula in the area where the bulk of my pain and discomfort is felt, so nice one Doc for figuring that out. :-) So that really bad patch I went through was definitely Diverticulitis.
I would have liked that to be it. After all, fibroids and diverticular disease is enough for anyone, right?
What is it with me and the number three? LOL
Yes, they found a third thing...
The barium also showed up a Polyp in my rectum. That is the kicker in all of this, because the diverticular disease is basically managed by diet, and the fibroids aren't a major issue at the moment.
However, this polyp is an unwelcome intrusion that requires further unwelcome intrusions! ;-)
I have to see a surgeon to have it looked at more closely, biopsied and possibly removed depending on how it looks when he gets his instruments up there for a closer inspection. Can't say I'm exactly thrilled to hear this. :-(
They are usually benign, but can be cancerous. Dr. P said that I could possibly live with a polyp in there for forty years and never have a problem with it, or even know it is there, but the fact is that once it is found, it has to be dealt with because it could create more problems down the line, even if in itself it isn't causing any trouble now.
Also, I'll have to have regular check ups after to make sure no more have appeared. Joy! Joy! Joy! My bottom on annual view for the foreseeable future!
So, I'm off to see whether there is a Diverticular Disease Spark Group. Somewhere where toilet humour is required for sure. :-)
Catch you later. Saving the rest of my news for another blog.