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Finally Got to See a Doctor Who Listens

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I finally got to see a doctor yesterday that actually seemed to care that I have been suffering for a long time.


I was scheduled for an ultrasound to look at my ovaries by one doctor but I had to wait until the end of the month due to him going on vacation. I had come in a few weeks ago because I was bleeding uncontrollably and was so sick and weak. He never checked my blood (hemoglobin) or did any tests, just a physical exam and gave me two medications.

I took those medications and still was bleeding and called the doctor's office again and asked to have my ultrasound moved up and let another doctor let me know what he saw. I was told two different times (I was persistent) that the dr. who ordered it would have to call me back with the results when he got back from vacation and that no other doctor in the practice could read the results. emoticon

I called yesterday morning to see if I needed to cancel because I was still bleeding (had been for over a month) and was now very dizzy and couldn't imagine getting an ultrasound done with all that going on.

I was told to come in anyway and that the dr. there (one I didn't even know was there) would consult with me afterwards. Well, needless to say, it was a good call because I found out that I have a mass on my left ovary, I'm very anemic, and I have to have a hysterectomy that is the most invasive type (abdominal) due to the ovary issue.

He was so kind and although I had never gone to him before, acted like I was a long-time patient. Luckily my husband drove me there although he had to take off from work while on call because I don't know if I would have been able to drive there with the dizziness and horrible headache.

This doctor did tons of testing on me (that the other dr. never did) including a thyroid test, hemoglobin test, ultrasound, etc. I was also told that I needed to have a D & C so he could get a biopsy of my tissue to see if it was cancerous since a mass was definitely there.

It wasn't easy considering how much I have been through lately, but my husband was in the room with me and the doctor talked through every single thing he was doing.

Now I have to sit and wait for 10 days until my test results come back (although he was able to tell me I was anemic although I have been religiously taking iron already) on whether I have cancer or not.

My left ovary has to go and he told me to consider taking my right one as well emoticon but unless there is cancer, I'm not ready to go into surgical menopause.

He told me that I should have stopped bleeding 5 days after taking the progesterone that the other doctor gave me (but he never told me that either) and so now I'm on progesterone and estrogen together.

I have a lot of blows thrown at me yesterday but believe it or not, I told him I wanted him to do the surgery (if it's not cancer, since I would have to go to a specialist if it was) because I felt so comfortable and well taken care of with him.

I know I shocked him, but I had to go with a gut feeling and experience of what I have been through and for so long. He was the first doctor who seemed to care enough to get to the root of what was going on. We were there forever yesterday, but it was worth it since I knew something wasn't right, but no one took it serious. I know it will be beyond crazy expensive when I see the bills come in, but I'm a mom and wife and have not been able to fulfill those roles the way I want because I am so tired and exhausted all the time.

I literally got in bed Monday night around 7:45 p.m. and slept (with the occasional waking up) until the next morning. I am so tired of being tired and felt that someone needed to listen to me and pay attention to problems I was dealing with and for so long.
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    Thank you! It seems to be difficult for me to find a good dr. but my gut is telling me that this doctor is better than my other options for sure. At least I hope my gut is telling me the correct thing; it's so scary having surgery and hoping that you have a great outcome.
    1739 days ago
    I'm nearly in tears. So sad that so many Docs seem preoccupied any more.
    1740 days ago
    1742 days ago
    Thank you all for the warm thoughts and comments. I'm too tired to post to every one individually, so will lump it into one.

    The hysterectomy itself wasn't a shock as I knew that was the route I was heading towards, but the mass on my ovary as well as having to have an abdominal hysterectomy really threw me for a loop.

    I'm also freaking out today because I found out the date which is early June!!! emoticon emoticon I'm terrified!
    1742 days ago
    I experienced the very same thing! Surgically caused menopause is NOT like regular menopause. I had some hotflashes (power surges), but a few soynuts took care of that. I did not take any hormones because I had breast cancer as well. ( years later and I have some menopausal symptoms now, however I was recently diagnosed with Hoshiemoto Hypothyroditis---so likely this condition was part of all the things I experienced before my total hysterectomy. I have to say that if I had known how well I was going to feel after the hysterectomy that I would have had one at 20 instead of at 42 years of age!
    Hang in there! The best is yet to come! emoticon emoticon
    1742 days ago
    Glad you found a doctor that is listening and working to find out what is wrong. Hopefully very soon everything will be taken care of.
    1742 days ago
    Aw, sweetie, that is so miserable, but it is a good thing to finally be able to trust your doctor and start figuring things out.
    Rest (as much as any mom can) and know that I am sending all my very best wishes for your good health!
    1742 days ago
    Oh wow, I am sorry to hear of all the troubles, but so glad you found someone who could help you through it all, and who cared enough to do so! The benefit of a good doctor cannot be overstated. Hope you keep spirits high while you do the waiting these next 10 days. I will keep you in my thoughts!
    1743 days ago
    I'm glad you found a doctor who can help you at last!
    1743 days ago
    Glad that you found a Doc. that listen to you and did what was needed to find the cause of your pain . emoticon
    1743 days ago
    I can't imagine what a shock this has been to you and your husband, and I wish only the best outcome on your test results. Don't doubt yourself, keep listening to your gut. I'm glad you were able to find a doctor to listen.
    1743 days ago
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