Hi all, I too am new here so anyone with a similar situation offering their experience would be great.
I have just started seeing a new GP. She seems to be very good and up on things. She asked me questions about my health and I told her that I had been experiencing many problems with my period since the birth of my last child 5 years. He was placenta previa, I spent 10 weeks in a hospital bed before delivery and he was a c section.
Based on what I told her I can have between 1 and 3 periods a month lasting anywhere from 3 days to 14 days. I need to where double or triple protection and I have to be very careful when I sneeze as this can release the flood gates and be quite embarrassing.
I went to have ultra sounds and endovaginal ultrasound done. It was performed by the Radiologist himself, and he told me the following, apparently this is not proper protocol, but I am glad he did tell me what he did, he said my uterus is more than 2 x its normal size, elongated, and he could not find the left ovary. He said he is going to recommend a CT scan because there were too many gases for him to see what he needed to, but he was concerned about what he did find. I went home, waited 5 days for my doctors appointment and explored websites with info on them seeing if I should be concerned.
Today, at my physical, I asked the doctor if she had received the results of my xrays, she said no, so I proceeded to tell her what I was told, she asked me if it was a tech telling me this stuff, I told her no, the Radiologist himself performed the xrays, and she said, well he is allowed to tell you, and I guess he figured you were the type that wouldn't flip out.
She went to check her mail while I was getting dressed and she said she had the report.
The abdominal xrays were fine, my back xrays were okay, and then she went to the vaginal xrays, she said the report stated, uterus 12.5 cm, elongated and cannot locate left ovary, diagnosis normal.
I started to panic then. I told her again what he had told me and she is going to meet with him and talk to him and she asked me to come back in a couple of weeks. I asked her why my periods were so bad etc and she told me not to worry, she will send me to a gynecologist to deal with that, and he will likely suggest a hysterectomy. Anyone else experience a similar situation? Am I being foolish being alarmed by this report? Any of you find the findings to be worthy of my attention???
It's good that you've found a team of doctors who want to help you and that your GP is referring you to a gyno.
It is not unusual to have trouble finding an ovary during an ultrasound, especially with an enlarged uterus. It does not usually indicate that there's anything wrong with the ovary, just that it's moved from its normal position (and they can work from anywhere in the abdomen).
It sounds like your heavy bleeding is quite a problem. Heavy bleeding is most often caused by adenomyosis (pockets of additional endometrium folded into the lining of the uterus) or polyps. Polyps can usually be treated with ablation, cauterization and sometimes a D&C. Adeno is most often treated with a hysterectomy though some women have found moderate relief with ablation.
My doctor had trouble finding my left ovary at my first appt. and sent me for an ultrasound. The technician couldn't find it using the abdominal ultrasound but eventually found it using the transvaginal one - it was hiding behind a large fibroid.
So few people are actually laid out on the inside like a textbook that sometimes we get alarmed when we don't look like the diagrams in the books. My cousin has only one kidney and it's shaped like a horseshoe - like two normal kidneys only connected. It works just fine.
Go see the new gyno and get his opinion on it and have some more tests (a hysteroscopy perhaps to discern whether it's polyps or adeno). Make sure that you follow up on it and get the answers you want. It's easy to say "don't worry" but it really is good advice, there's nothing you can do about it until you have more information.