Well I just got back from an appointment with the Gynaecologist and although it has been known that Sclero can cause early menopause, no I am not one of the lucky ones going through early menopause
I went due to problems with bleeding and pain that have been ongoing for several years, after many pills and hmmmm's we dont know what to do, they have decided I may need surgery. 20 years ago I had the lining of my uterus removed because of endometriosis and bleeding and pain and I am one of the lucky few that have had portions of it grow back! Weeeeeeeee So now they want to insert a uterine coil or perhaps permanently remove the lining of my uterus. I am 47 and why they just won't take the wretched stuff out eludes me!
But due to my many problems arising from my Scleroderma, they are very concerned about how I am going to react to anesthesia, they are afraid I may not wake up. So have been given several options that are dependent on results of various assessments by anesthesia and other doctors.
Option 1 is to go in and have surgery where they will look around and see what is going on, take several biopsies. Because of my first surgery to remove the lining, scar tissue has formed and has pulled my uterus in half, they want to cut this so that my uterus goes back to normal and insert the coil. I will then be put in ICU to be watched for several days to make sure my lungs start working back to normal, well what is normal for me.
Option 2 is to have everything done as an outpatient, which means they will use a syringe and squirt some local anaesthetic into my uterus, wait for a bit and hope that it numbs things enough that I won't be in too much pain while they take the biopsies and do the cutting. I have had many biopsies in the past while they were trying to sort out what was wrong with me and had one 2 years ago here, where they discovered the condition of my uterus. And they HURT!! I have withstood a lot of pain in my life, even before the Sclero, I have 4 tattoos and have had numerous tests done that I was told don't worry it won't hurt that bad! But something tells me that cutting scar tissues isn't going to be up there on the fun things to do this summer list.
Part of me just thinks to let it go, I will go through menopause eventually and have lived with the pain and heavy bleeding for about 2 years now, and since I no longer have to worry about work, I can lie in bed with loads of pain killers and sleep until things settle down. Part of me says lets get it over with and hope it is all fixed and I am not debilitated 7 - 10 days every month, but I am more than a bit scared. I remember the pain of the biopsies and am thinking the cutting of the scar tissue is going to be worse. But I also don't want to go through the hassle of an in-patient stay and all that. I have a BIG aversion to hospitals and am more than a bit OCD about germs that are there! Having to share my room with 6 or more people just makes me ill thinking about it.
I can always hope that the outpatient option will be really quick and won't be too bad. Darn my body and lungs anyway, I want life back to where it was simple and Mom and Dad made all the decisions hehehe