a growth, typically benign and with a stalk, protruding from a mucous membrane.
Okay, let me back up here. If you’re a new follower, welcome! You’re in for a treat. If you’re not, then you are all too familiar with most of my woes. Specifically all the bodily woes I mentioned in my Dark Side of Reverse Dieting post and before that in my Random Rambles: Big Ball of Ugh post. Catch up if you must, I’ll wait.
Okay! To summarize, my most prominent bodily issue, aside from being on a too aggressive reverse diet too soon that caused some weight gain, was extremely painful and uncomfortable bloating. Basically, always feeling really full. Also – T.M.I. (look away if you must) – I felt like I was constantly on shark week (symptoms), even though I was not. Speaking of shark week, ever since getting off of the pill, it lasted way too long for comfort.
Sorry, not sorry. It sucked. Bad. My life was…potato.
Well, I hope you’ve caught on that I’ve been using past tense when referencing my uncomfortable and painful potato status. All of this was happening for pretty much the whole first half of 2017, so that you have a time frame in mind.
After going from doctor to doctor, even resorting to an online doctor that understands how I eat (tracking macronutrients) and how I train (Olympic Weightlifting), it was suspected that I have a gut issue based on symptoms I explained (more on this topic later). Precisely, SIBO (small bowel intestinal overgrowth), and to get tested for this, was a feat in itself through an online doctor (have yet to do this). There was only so much he could do from afar to be honest. So I left this service. Simultaneously, I was looking to other solutions to see where my problem could be lying aside from my gut. I spent my nights researching and found an all-women medical center just for women.
Who else can better relate to a woman’s anatomy than a woman? I made an appointment to make sure everything was all good down there. As well as share my symptoms. Better to be safe than sorry. I met with the founder of Complete Women Care Center, Dr. Mackovic, and she was amazing. For the initial visit, she prefers to meet the new patient in her office first to just talk about why I am there and a bit of history on me. One of my biggest pet peeves in the medical world, is to feel rushed or unimportant. I did not feel this way whatsoever with her. After hearing my sob story, she determined that we really should tackle one thing at time. For starters, she wanted to order a full hormonal blood panel and an ultrasound for my lady parts, to rule out any imbalances or growths with those.
Hormonal Blood Panel: All good in the hood. All levels appear to be normal. A relief, because I had always thought maybe that was the problem. I guess not.
Ultrasound of Hooha: First off, this was very, very uncomfortable, even at times, painful! I had never had one of these. Maybe it was the tech? She was pretty dry toast after all. But man, that shit hurt. Paps are no walk in the park for me either, though. Anyway, my hormone celebration was short lived because the ultrasound results came through and showed a large polyp (see above for definition) in my uterus. Great. She said I really have three options and it’s completely up to me.
- Let it be and do another ultrasound in 6 months to see if it grew or not, and go from there.
- Do an in-office removal where she goes in to scrape it out, but this is about 60% accurate since she can’t clearly see inside, she would just be feeling for it.
- Undergo an outpatient procedure for polypectomy (polyp removal) and D&C (Dilation and curettage is a procedure to remove tissue from inside your uterus.) where they go in with a tiny camera to visualize 100% what is happening in uterus, and go in and clean it out.
First, I asked her if it is possible that this polyp is what is causing all my abdominal discomfort and she said yes, it could be. Of course, no way to be sure, unless we remove it.
I am not one to run away from a potential issue if there is something that can be done about it now, so option 1 was out. Also, I do not see the point in only getting 60% accuracy when 100% accuracy is an option, so option 2 was out. That leaves me with option 3. It is considered a “surgical” procedure because you have to be put under anesthesia. But the procedure itself is only about an hour and total of about three hours including anesthesia and waking up.
Fast forward to July 18, 2017, the day that will go down in history as POLYP MURDER. Procedure, done. And was told to not exercise for one week. Ugh. But I followed doctor’s orders and once the recovery period was over, so were the painful bloats! Now I just get regular bloat, haha.
Moral of the story is to not give up when you have real discomfort and you know something is not right with your own body. I went through two doctors that brushed me off before finding one that was patient and willing to investigate with me what was wrong. Am I free of ailments and feel 100%? No, I’m sure there are many layers to how I generally feel. But priority #1 at the time was to figure out and solve WHY I was having painful abdominal pains so frequent. Glad I did.