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Summoned by the Doctor this morning... (may be TMI for some)

Friday, August 17, 2012

...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.
Lex xxx

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    Laugh out loud funny slogan art. Sounds like your keeping in good humour while restricted to the bathroom.
    2069 days ago
    Sending good wishes, I hope all turns out well x
    2070 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Prayers that all goes well with your visit to the surgeon.
    2072 days ago
    2072 days ago
    especially for you ! glad you got my note now deleted.
    2072 days ago
    Hang in there - I've had countless polyps removed vaginally - you'll be ok, I'm sure.
    I had a myomectomy last year to remove a huge fibroid - it was about 10cm or 4" in 3D, not nice, but boy did I feel better after, and as soon as I recuperated I found that other health problems melted away too.... they had been masking the fibroid, which actually didn't cause me any pain until my doctor examined me, then it really hurt!!
    Love your pics and quotes too!!
    2072 days ago
    Doesn't sounds like a lot of fun darling, I'm sorry. Be brave.

    Since bad news traditionally comes in 3s, at least you got them all at once.

    And trying to look on the bright side: if your bottom is going to be on regular view, you've got a terrific incentive to work at your sparking and get it smaller. You'll be a size 6 by Christmas and none of us will be able to find you! emoticon emoticon
    2072 days ago
    2072 days ago
    what a pain in the a&se... sorry had to be said.

    I am truly sorry you've had this diagnosis but at least there is treatment, however unpalatable/embarressing/inconviene

    With any ailment it's good to draw comfort from others going through it and help and advice that the docs usually fail to mention.

    I hope it all works out for you Lex, I know that you'll do your darnest to remain positive, but if it ever gets too much you're welcome to let off steam in my direction emoticon emoticon
    2072 days ago
    You sound like a real trooper! good for you for getting all the tests done in the first place!! i know it doesn't sound very pleasant and who would choose if they had the choice.....but hey, you are not alone! Wishing you lots of peace of mind within it all.
    2072 days ago
    Awwww . . . wishing you good luck and (absolute a pun intended) and can put this behind you! Sorry, couldn't resist. But the good luck wish is real for sure. You're probably right that it would be helpful to join a group dealing with your issues . . . good luck!!
    2072 days ago
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