Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Fibroids, Oh My!

Remember that doctor's appointment I had on Monday? Well, life indeed threw me a little bit of a curve ball...although I'm happy to say that I am now on the mending side of things.

The nutshell - because really, no one needs the hairy details:

Back in January I had some really strange problems with pelvic pain for a couple of days. By the time I went to see my doctor, it was long gone and nothing showed up on the pelvic ultrasound. We suspected a ruptured ovarian cyst, but I was given instructions to call immediately if it happened again so that I could come in for another exam. Well, the pain came back over last weekend with a vengeance. In fact, the pain was considerably worse this time than it had been in January - both in severity and duration - and there was little I could do to relieve it. Monday found me back in the doctor's office for a second pelvic ultrasound...and this time something showed up.

I was all for option B, which was to try to control the pain and wait and see. After all, I had a half marathon to train for! My husband, however, insisted on option A - diagnostic laproscopic surgery. I am now very, very grateful that I listened to him.

Turns out, I had a fibroid tumor the size of a walnut sitting either on or in my fallopian tube at the point where it curved above my ovary. (My Dad heard 'in', my husband 'on.') While fibroids are apparently normally not at all painful, the location of this one was causing problems - as I'm sure was it's rapid growth. So I lost part of my tube and the fibroid, but I got to keep my ovary....which was very important to me....and as it was completely benign the whole situation is now behind me.

I was home by 4 this afternoon, and am actually doing pretty well. My mother is here for the rest of the week, and will be taking the girls home with her this weekend so that I can rest and recuperate. Hopefully this will be quick and easy! (Says the girl who's never had surgery before...)

9 comments:

Bonnie said...

So glad to hear it was benign. Take it easy!

Jenn said...

Yeah! I got an email from your mom, but was waiting to call. I figured I'd give you until tomorrow a.m. Glad you had it done and it's over now. Let me know if you need anything... yarn, knitting needles, books, crochet hooks... You know, the IMPORTANT things! ;-)

Anne said...

Hope you are on the mend quickly and can just focus on some R&R this weekend for yourself!

Clefton Twain said...

Actually, your father heard nothing, because he never spoke to the doctor. He heard "in" because that is what I told him. It was indeed *in* the tube.

Jenny said...

I'm glad to hear you're on the road to recovery. It's always a relief to know what you're dealing with. Now rest up and recuperate.

margene said...

Thank goodness it was an "easy fix" and you didn't need full blown surgery! Quick healing to you! Take care of yourself.

Shelda said...

Glad to know you're home and on the mend. Laparoscopic surgery is much easier than the other kind (or so I hear). Hang in there!

Paula said...

I hope you are well on the healing path. Sounds like you have some good knitting time ahead of you. Take it easy and don't push yourself too quickly.

A Day That is Dessert said...

Oh my goodness! I'm sorry you're having to go through this, but so glad you now know what the problem is. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers! I'm so glad your mom is taking the girls so you can recover in peace. xoxo