Jun 07, 2010
Ok folks in happy Thyroid Land (and anyone else who cares to jump on board this magical carousel!) I think I am going ga-ga! NO! NOT Lady Ga Ga, you know...blubbering idiot kind of ga-ga. Let me fill you in, shall I?
Jump back in time to about 3 weeks ago. (Males, it is right about now you might want to flick over to a football game or a porn site!) My period came as usual at the 3 week mark. Seems the past few months they are quite heavy and then seem to just stop. Ka-put! I used to be a 4 week girl, on the day, I could predict it even t the time of day and I was always right! Ok I am getting on in DNA expiry date...my birthday was May 30 (thanks for those who didn't say Happy Birthday!) I turned 47. Still young in biological age! The females in my family never got their hot flashes till late their late 50's! Ok ok ok....I digress.....as usual......So, Ok I accept a few days of super heavy duty surfboards at night, whoop-de-doo. BUT a week later, I feel cranky as all hell...take it out on my male friend, my man overseas, the cat, the dog, even an innocent blade of grass! Next day...ta-da..full on period lasting a week...except it is not a true period.
So me takes me old tired konked out bod to the doc. Joy of joys! It is a FEMALE on duty this weekend! Woohoo! She understands....she pokes prods ponders and says.."Ok....we got perhaps, Lupus, recurrence of thyroid gland, menopause or perhaps something else more sinister" Now I try hard NOT to be excited. Recall, if you will, that in the past, many a specialist has been just like this local G.P; Full of possible answers. I take it in my stride. She then takes blood, writes out a referral and says, "Get this done ASAP!" Oh, says me..sure...no problem.....I think.......Ok......
Today, (only two days later) I had the Ultrasound done on my 'thyroid' ( I don't have one anymore, removed in 2007) and my....ahem.....girly bits. The lady radiologist was lovely. She asked me if the surgeons many years ago had taken my right ovary when I had surgery to cauterise a large vein running across that ovary, which at the time was causing me pain and heavy bleeding. I was dumbfounded. My ovary is missing? Oh it must have snuck out one night and forgot to come home. She eventually found it. It is small, very small. Makes sense why she couldn't find it. The solid mass inside the ovary with the small cyst made her ask me a million more questions...I told her, I had bleeding in the past, they did D & C (dilation and curettage...Ok it's where they open the cervix up and scrape out all the yukky bleedy bits) I had that done 3 times over a couple of years. My periods were 29 days bleeding, maybe one day off. The bleeding went on like that for months. Had my vein cauterised, the one across the right ovary. That seemed to help. But the right ovarian pain had started again in earnest this year and so has the heavy bleeding..just a little differently this time.
Left ovary. HUGE Mamma! Twice the size it ought to be! Big ginourmous cyst with some lovely weird bits in it. Oh, says me, that accounts for the left side pain I have been feeling more often lately. Again a bazillion questions. Ok! I KNOW she can't TELL me what she knows she thinks she sees on that screen, but I am starting to put two and two together. I ain't no dumb puppy!
My uterus is twice the size it ought to be too, even allowing for having had kidlets! Man...I was getting more and more stunned.....then there is the thyroid....two bits seem to be sitting there having a great old party. I wonder if the two problems are related by a distant cousin...knowing my luck they'll be inbred.
SO, I come home, called the doc (who is away this week at a conference) to get my pathology results. The good thing is; I don't have Lupus...the bad thing is; another doctor read my results from today ( they were faxed to my medical centre) and I now have to have another ultrasound on the ovaries! Waaaaaaaah!
So! Ovarian Cancer perchance, with a large cyst thrown in, anyone, Shaken not stirred, of course!
Let me off this Merry Go Round, I wanna get off, I am starting to get rather dizzy..............