Sunday, February 03, 2013
If anyone is still following me, I thought I should post about where I've been since I basically disappeared.
Last year, I started experiencing very irregular periods that increasingly grew to where I was having more frequent, longer periods. Some of them lasted for a few days up to a full two weeks or more. Sometimes I might not have a period at all and then suddenly have one that would seemingly never end.
In August, I had a period that would not stop. I was miserable and I had absolutely no energy. I finally made an appointment with my doctor. I was diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia, which basically means that my endometrial lining was over producing and then shedding (which is what causes periods in the first place). For some women who are diagnosed with complex endrometrial hyperplasia, it can lead to uterine cancer. Luckily for me, I was not diagnosed with this.
I was put on a triple dose of hormones in the hopes it would stop my ongoing period. It worked for about two weeks. Then, it came back. So, my doctor gave me a shot which would temporarily put my body into menopause - that is the theory anyway. It did not stop my period. Finally, my doctor who was absolutely wonderful throughout, asked me if I would consider having a hysterectomy.
I said without any hesitation at all, "YES!"
The excessive periods caused me to have severe anemia. This anemia led to exhaustion as well as a strain on my heart. My doctor basically told me that I was at an immediate risk for cardiac arrest. Very scary stuff. I had also developed a heart murmur.
On September 28th, I had my surgery. All my pathology reports came back good which was a relief. I still have my ovaries as well, so no early menopause. It took me about two months to recover from the surgery.
My heart murmur has gone away and my energy level has significantly increased.
What this has taught me is that it is absolutely crucial to listen to our bodies. I had been tired and fatigued for some time, but didn't realize it was related to my weird periods. I also had been having some struggles with exercising as I was having some pains in my chest whenever I would try to exert myself in some way.
I'm back and ready to try again now that I really have no reason not to!