A little warning: I’m going to talk about women’s health (i.e. gynaecology) in this post.
As some of my regular readers know, I’ve had some health problems over the last few months. I’ve been having a lot of pain (a sharp pain in my left side, just inside the hip bone as well as dull pelvic pain which moves about), which my GP can’t seem to diagnose. I’ve had an ultrasound, swabs, and blood work. Nothing’s come back positive. So, he referred me to a gynae consultant. I was seen by the registrar, who examined me and said everything looks and feels healthy. The only gynae explanation is endometriosis. Many of my symptoms fit (pain worse during period, leg pain, back pain, nausea) but one way in which my symptoms to do not fit endo is that I get pain even after a period. (I’d love to know if this happens to others.) I also have terrible on and off leg and foot pain.
I’ve been prescribed Mycrogynon (the pill), which I’m to take continuously so that I don’t have a period. If that doesn’t help, it’s unlikely to be a gynae problem and I’ve have to go back to my GP (and start all over again).
I have mixed feelings about this. While I want an explanation, and I want it to be something that’s not dangerous, I know it can cause (and has caused) a lot of suffering. And I certainly don’t want to start all over again with the GP. I’m just so sick of not knowing what’s going on.
I’ve also been having problems from the neck up. Over the past couple of months I’ve suffered with: a sty in each eye (they’re still there), cold sores (that won’t go completely), a mouth ulcer (short-lived), headaches, ear aches, neck pain and stiffness, vision problems, on and off rash on face (not a mylar rash), on and off pain in the side of my neck, just under my jaw. What on earth causes so many symptoms? Is it just stress? Have I got some horrible neurological condition? Is it an infection? Am I losing it?
The smart thing to do would be to go to the doctor. But I feel like such a hypochondriac going in with that list of problems. I’m also hoping it’ll all just go away, as many things do. But each day seems to bring with it some new problem. One thing goes away, one problem gets worse, and a new one pops up. It’s all quite depressing and annoying. I have to see my doctor in 3 weeks anyway to discuss my gynae visit, so if these other complaints aren’t gone by then, I’ll ask him about it.