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I have had intermittant heavy crampy bleeding between periods for about a year. I recently (one month ago) had a d&c, which indicated nothing abnormal. I had non-stop (heavy and light) bleeding for a month prior. Since the d&c, I have had mostly heavy bleeding and no breaks. I still have painful cramps (they wake me up) and heavy flow. Three weeks ago I was started on birth control: Seasonal. I am 44 years old and have been told that it most likely hormonal? Is bleeding the only indication, can't test be done to confirm this. Should I be seeking another opinion? How long do I wait to let a Dr. know I am still bleeding. I was not too low on iron before surgery and I do have regular B12 injections. I have know been bleeding non-stop since Feb 11/08 - when I had my D&C/
Thank you for any information insight
Just today (my original post was several weeks ago) I was diagnosed with both B12 and Iron anemia
cheers2u, Hi! Has the doctor done any testing for your bleeding? Vaginal Ultrasound or endometrial biopsy? Is the BC working for you? Please talk to your doctor or get a second opinion. You don't need to live like this! Were here for you! Good Luck! g!na xoxo
I bleed just about every day for two years before my hysterectomy. Like you, I also continued bleeding following a D&C. In fact, I went into OR for both the D&C and hysterectomy bleeding!
I was also given various birth control pills to try to stop the flow. It can take a few months for any of them to work but I was usually told to call in x amount of days or x weeks if the bleeding didn't stop. Did your doctor tell you how long to try this particular pill before calling if you did not stop bleeding? If not, go ahead and call and let the doctor know that you have not stopped bleeding yet.
If you do not feel you are receiving the best care from your current physician, seek a second opinion. You can go back to your general practitioner for help and your GP can refer you to another GYN.
In the end I had a hysteroscopy and laparoscopy to determine exactly what was going on. For me, it was endometriosis.
I wish you all the best and hope you and your medical team can get to the bottom of this soon! in there!
I had this type of bleeding it was from small fibroids I just got home today from the hopital. I had UFE so now I am waiting to see if this works
I would make sure they do a tranvaginal ultrasound to check for fibriods mine were small and the obgyn could not tell by touch because of their location in the uterus.
I have had a period everyother week for the past 2 years I have always had heavy and painful periods. Doctors kept telling me that it was me well I found a doctor and she is great. I told her that I was sick of feeling this way and that it is affecting my marriage and family life I hated everyone. I am scheduled for my hysterectomy on May 6, 2009 I just told her that I was not going to be put on pills or anyother meds because been there and done that and I wanted something to be done. Hang in there and don't let them talk you into other things you know how you feel tell them how it is. Good Luck
I am hoping this works, wrote another reply and can't find it!
Thank you for your help. I went to see a different GP (out of desperation while out of town) and he suggested I do get a second opinion. Here is what has happened before this: I had an ultrasound (regular) it showed normal thin lining of the uterus. I tried non-hormonal pills to stop the bleeding (which has been happening for more then a year) and then finally I had a D&C- Feb. 11/09 and have not stopped bleeding since. It is sometimes heavy, never stops but when light still has clotting. Most unbearable is the pain and cramping. I can't cope. I wake up in so much pain through the night. I am allergic to NSAIDS (all anti inflammatories, aspirin), so I take tylenol products. I am so tired, exhausted. This is not only affecting me, but my family. I have been on the seasonal:bc for one month, and have not had one day without bleeding and pain. I cannot find another female ob/gyn and so despite the fact she said she would see me in 3 or 4 months I have made an appt. for this coming week. Should I insist on a laproscopy? Is endometriosis sometimes not diagnosed through regular ultrasound (I haven't had a vaginal ultrasound). My two sisters and my eighteen year old daughter (very severe) all have ultrasound. My daughters was diagnosed through laproscopy. I know I cannot tolerate the pain much longer, let alone the bleeding. Also the exhaustion both from pain and from lack of iron.
The post by: Weiser sounds so similar to my situation and finally you had a hysterectomy............I at least need to know if there is something more wrong- I can't imagine that I can continue to bleed and be in pain with this. Thank you for your reply.
Thank you for your help, I am hoping that I ask the right questions and have some better sense of "something being done" when I see the ob/gyn again. I am so worried that I will be left like this.
Endometriosis can only be 100% diagnosed via laparoscopy. An endometriosis specialist may be able to use an ultrasound to make some very educated guesses.
My hysterectomy came about because I did not stop bleeding and my uterus was covered in endometriosis. It was my last option.
Before considering a hysterectomy, I think it would be wise to have a laparoscopy to see what might be going on. Additionally, a hysteroscopy done at the same time might offer some answers regarding what could be going on inside the uterus.
If there is a close family history of endometriosis, you should mention this to your doctors as your risk of this condition is definitely higher.
I am just so confused as to why the ob/gyn said that the ultrasound and subsequent D&C didn't show anything therefore it is hormonal...........because hormones don't work- I keep bleeding.
But, ultimately the pain is unbearable, any thoughts on pain management. I went again to a GP- after so much pain over the weekend and was given a medication that was of no help. Now I am thinking of going to hospital for pain relief simply so I can sleep. I have not been brave enough to do this before- I always feel guilty taking up Dr. time and emergency space. But I am in so much pain. I am allergic to all anti- inflammatories but there must be some way of managing the pain. I keep going on- but bleeding and pain and more pain is the consuming factor in my life. Thank you I am going to push for laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. What are the negative parts of pushing for a hysterectomy at my age 44, now that things are so bad??
Hi I know how you feel and I think I might have finally found a gyn. myself that cares. I'm having the vaginal sonogram thing on Friday. I am sick of this pain and exhaustion too. It has affected not only my family but my job and my whole life. This sight has helped me in the last day or so to know that I am not alone in this battle. Good luck to you and keep me posted. God Bless. P.S. I am not so use to this website and I get lost alot. Cras