I met with my previous surgeon, Dr. M, who asked, “Why is this happening so soon?” Shouldn’t you be the one telling me that? Dr. M said she would consult with Dr. P and the surgery scheduler would call me back.
Adapted (with typos) from an e-mail to the six-pack:
This is not the same thread. I have another surgery. I can’t believe it either and they don’t know what’s causing it. I’ve felt okay since the last surgery, although still fatigued and fainting occasionally, but Saturday morning I was hit by intense pain and nausea. Surgery, appendicitis, chronic cyst pain were all easy comparably. We immediately went to the ER (I crawled) and got some sweet morphine and zofran. They found a 3 inch hemmoraghic cyst. Since it can twist and kill the ovary, it has to be removed. I’m being scheduled for this week or next week. I’m super sad but hoping to participate in short bits of celebrating Rose’s nuptials and Lola’s baby shower. Hope for a sooner surgery!
Thank you for all your support last time! (You don’t have to send flowers every time I have a surgery ha.)
One day later:
An update to all your questions and good news! Thanks for all your well wishes!
They brought me in to see Dr. P today who has endometriosis, smaller cysts she chose not to remove. Basically, I trust her more.
The pain has diminished to where I’m only uncomfortable without narcotics and so doc thinks the cyst may be dissolving and will go away on its own. We’re going to take a watch and wait approach to surgery and if the pain worsens or I can’t work without narcotics, surgery is necessary. I’m trying not to get too hopeful, also hoping this isn’t delaying surgery to coincide with bachelorette/baby/wedding weekend!!!!!.
She does think I have endometriosis and retroactive bleeding up through my uterus, through Fallopian tubes, and collecting on ovaries. [Editor’s note: retroactive bleeding a theory which endometriosis specialists no longer endorse. But how was I to know at the time?] Every time a surgery occurs, the ovaries get more sticky and are more likely to collect blood and form cysts. Three is the max amount before they’re scarring your ovaries too much.
If this works, my best bet to stop the cysts is to get pregnant. [Editor’s note: ahahahhahaha] After three months of trying with no success, I’ll get a series of panels done, including thyroid for fatigue. I do get more fatigued because I bleed more. Fainting can be caused by the cyst pressing on the equivalent of a faint button in your body. I’ve also gone to a nutritionist as part of the Celiac treatment and take vitamins for deficiencies caused by it. I’ll have an HSG which is an in office procedure to flush the dried blood out of the Fallopian tubes, which will allow the egg to travel freely to the uterus. After that, they will assess if clomid or insemination are needed.
So I feel very relieved, but still cautious. I’m glad I have more of a treatment plan rather than going into a surgery with no guarantee of it not happening again.