Hey everyone, just thought I'd update you all as people on my previous posts have asked for me to keep them in the loop!
Okay so a few days after my frustrating ultrasound where I was told I have PCOS, I saw my doctor, who said I do probably have polycystic ovaries, but I do not have the syndrome, so that kind of cleared that one up.
I went to see a gynaecologist yesterday - I actually really didn't like her at all and had a really bad experience with her. I'd written out practically everything so that I wouldn't forget anything. Even though I'd explained in this list that my constant bleeding was present on Rigevidon before I was changed to Cerelle, she said "I'm not worried about the bleeding at all because that's a side-effect of Cerelle (the mini pill)" and I was just like, um so constant bleeding for 5 months is normal to you? I had to keep telling her that the mini pill made absolutely no difference. She just didn't take in anything I was saying, she kept interrupting me and condescending me and saying things like "just because your cousin has endometriosis, doesn't mean that you do too" which I found so rude as I clearly don't want the condition, I'm just a 19 year old girl who can't cope with being so ill all the time anymore. I literally just want answers, and that's what I was trying to get across to her.
She did another internal examination which she said looked normal, but obviously it's pretty rare to find something like endo just by doing an internal examination there and then. I was in so much pain when she was poking around in me that I was holding back tears, and her really sweet assistant held my hand and kept reassuring me. The gynae then started telling me that my problems are totally unrelated to gynaecology and that they are gastro-intestinal problems, to which I was annoyed at because I'd already explained that I had been through extensive testing by a gastroenterologist and even had an MRI scan, biopsies and ultrasound of my bowels. To cut a long story short she wasn't listening at all, and I nearly cried because I really am at the end of my tether. This is turning into a rant now, haha.
Okay so basically she finally signed the forms for me to go in for a laparoscopy, with persuasion (!!!!) from her really sweet assistant. She was just acting like I was desperate for surgery which is totally ridiculous, but the assistant took me into another room to take my blood pressure and BMI etc. and was so kind, saying she understands that I need this checked to rule out any gynaecological problems such as endo, and that I'm really sick and deserve to know what's wrong.
I booked my pre-op assessment for next Wednesday 15th Feb, and actually had an unexpected phone call from the hospital today (only one day later!) booking me in for my laparoscopy next Friday 17th Feb which is amazing seeing as I was told it would be a 6-8 week wait for surgery!
So all in all, I'm frustrated that I was so put down by somebody who was supposed to be caring about me, and I feel like I have this added pressure now, like the operators HAVE to find something wrong because otherwise the gynae was right and I was wrong and stupid etc.
BUT I am super grateful that the remainder of the healthcare here in Nottinghamshire is so good, and that I'm going in for surgery as soon as next Friday to hopefully find the cause of all of this pain.
Please let me know any tips for surgery, like anything I should/shouldn't do before and after, recovery times (as I'm a uni student missing lectures etc!), and what I should bring to the hospital! I'd be super grateful. Hope you're all doing well!