I'm new here, 42, married, have no bio-kids (1 adopted) and I'm in severe pain. I had a tubal in 2003 and an ablation for excessively heavy and long duration bleeding in 2005.
For the last two years or so, I have been using Percocet to alleviate very painful monthly menstrual cramping. The past two months, on top of the "normal" very painful cramping, I've had horrible, horrible pain on my left side which does not ever go away. This pain also makes my back hurt very badly.
I've recently had an ultrasound, which found a small fibroid, a blocked cervix and fluid built-up in my uterus. I am currently coping (not very well though) with the pain via Percocet, Vicodin, Ativan and heating pads. On the 23rd I go in for a hysteroscopy and D&C (if they can get my cervix open) and a laparoscopy. I am waiting for the hysteroscopy and laparoscopy results before deciding on anything further.
My doctor had recommended a hysterectomy when I had the ablation and again two years ago, but I opted to wait, using drugs to deal with pain. Since I've never had bio-kids, he says he'd want to do an abdominal hysterectomy, hopefully leaving my ovaries, not sure about the cervix.
I'm afraid that my current path is only leading towards hysterectomy and am nervous about having such major surgery and the recovery, but I don't know how long I can continue living with such pain. My exploratory surgery is 10 days away but it seems like an eternity. I'm terrified of this coming week, because it will be my time of the month, so I think the pain will keep getting worse.
I've joined HysterSisters to do as much research as I can to make informed decisions and am looking forward to talking with pre- and post-hysterectomy sisters.
Hearing from anyone who experienced similary symptoms and what came out of their process would greatly help me feel not so afraid.