Hormones are a B#@!$
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I cannot believe that I have been struggling with this pain for a year now. I have had every test under the sun. I have even had abdominal surgery to try to fix it. The pain has been consistently nagging and even got to the point that it took over my life. NOT ANYMORE!
Last week I finally got to see my OB/GYN (instead of the nurse practitioners that I had been forced to see for awhile now...pregnant women are more important I guess!). She instantly said, it's hormones. My right ovary is not functioning correctly, causing pain. It may be cured with a heavy dose of estrogen, but I may need a partial hystorectomy. Seeing that I am only 33, we went with the estrogen option.
She thought that it was pretty weird that this pain started only a week and a half after I started taking a low-estrogen (high progesterin?) birth control pill to control my periods (which I was having every 22 days and they were extreme). Within 2 months my periods and cramps were under control, but OMG the pain in my right side. I went back to her and they couldn't find anything wrong. Then the pain somewhat subsided and I went on with my life, living with the dull throbbing pain.
In October it completely took me over again. That's when I started my next round of doctors visits, tests, surgery. Nothing. So anyway, I have now been on this high estrogen pill for a full week. My stabbing pain is back down to a bare minimum (despite yesterday being Valentine's day...ya know...before I'd be in total immobile state from the pain today). I think this is actually going to work! It may mess with my blood pressure though, so I may have to adjust my BP meds. I was hoping to go off of them because I had been doing so well, but the estrogen can spike BP, even in normal people. But, staying on the BP meds are the least of my concern if this takes care of the pain and I can avoid a hystorectomy.
I'm feeling so good that tomorrow I'm heading back to the gym. I've decided that running wouldn't be a good idea yet, and leg or solid core exercises aren't either. So, I've decided that I will either hit the yoga class that I love (even though it's a full hour!) or I will hit the weights. I don't want to start both back up again at once though. So if I start yoga, I'm not going to start trying weights for a couple of weeks or vice versa. So my big decision of the week is...which one? I'm thinking maybe weights because I can't be consistent with the yoga because of the class times (although I do have a good video at home). But if I start weights back up again it is something that I can stick with and even do at home if I need to. So, we'll see what I'm feeling in the morning I guess!
Woo-hoo! I feel like we've made a breakthrough!!!