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Unread 04-30-2002, 06:43 AM
Weight being an issue

Short story:
I had a lump in my breast discovered by Mammo in 2000. Did ultrasound, a magnified type mammo. Needed a biopsy. I chose to see a surgeon and have the lump removed. <There are other procedures that can be done, but I wanted it OUT> At my first meeting my weight was an issue. 190 lbs. DR sais I "caused" lumps by being overweight which causes estogen he said. He did the procedure the next day. Found THREE lumps. All benign. Went in for 6 week check up. He barely glanced at my incision then said...I see you have only lost 6 lbs. He looked at me with disgust. Yes, disgust. I was humiliated and embarressed. I told him I was here for a follow up, not to discuss my weight. He left the room. Was I angry! Swore I would never see male DR again. My GYN is a male. Very nice. Never mentioned my weight <185 now>. Larger ladies are people too. Find new DR's that will look beyond the weight and not blame your size on any pain you may have.
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Unread 04-30-2002, 01:22 PM
Large women also

I am also a large women and I am now almost 9 weeks post-op. I had a very good recovery. A few minor problems, but nothing that really put me down. My Dr was also surprised at my good recovery. The only thing he said about my weight was before surgery, I asked him if my back aches could be cased by my female problems. He said he thought it was probably my weight. He was the fourth DR to tell me that. Well after the surgery, no more back ache. I asked him again. He Said YES, It most likely was because of the size of my tube that was pressing on my spine.

I agree with the others. If you are not comfortable with your DR, then look for a more caring one. You are paying for their service.

Good Luck and
Unread 04-30-2002, 01:32 PM
Large Lovely Diva Issues

P French,

I am so sorry you have to put up with such discrimination.

I too am overweight. I am three weeks post-op and my doctor never brought up the weight issue. He is a kind, compassionate man and has a wonderful bedside manner. He has been my doctor for 15 years. He was more concerned about my quality of life.

I hope that you can find that special doctor that will treat your "condition" and see you as a person, not a number.
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Unread 04-30-2002, 02:13 PM
Large Lovely Diva Issues

Thank God, I am not alone. I went in a long time ago for athletes foot and was told that I needed to lose 20 lbs. There have been other occasions(SP) as well. Funny thing is my GYN is the only Dr. I have had my adult life, that has never mentioned my weight, and I have been meaning to thank him for that. It can be humiliating, but you would think that a Dr. as scientist know, that everyone is different and we grow differently. Thanks for letting me vent!

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Unread 05-01-2002, 05:42 PM
From Delaware

Hi everyone. I see a few people here from Delaware, which is neat to me! I'm from Newark, although I've live all over for the past 18 years (My hubby is retired Navy) and now live in Florida. I'm not exactly sure what's going on with me, but I have been told that I have endo, a cyst on my remaining ovary, and that my ovary isn't working properly and am on HRT. I just started the HRT about 2 weeks ago, so not really sure if it's helping or not. But the more I read about adenomyosis, the more convinced I am that that may be one of my problems! And to think, all of this started because I was bleeding abnormally from my bottom, and it's believed that I have some sort of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I'm convinced it all stems from GYN problems. My doc told me that more than likely I will be having a hyst. in the near future, which is fine by me. I'm 40 years old, have a 13 year old son, and my ovary isn't working I say GET RID OF THE STUFF! Anyway, hope all are doing well. Thanks for listening! )
Unread 05-01-2002, 06:28 PM
Large Lovely Diva Issues

hi there - I'm a LARGE woman too........tomorrow will be 2 weeks post op for me and I've had a terrific recovery period so far. The nurses said my incision sight was the best they've ever seen and they were so pleased that I was incredibly anxious the next morning to walk around -- I walked the hospital floor 3 times that first day!

If your doc refuses to do it, get a new doc. That's my best advice.

You're going to be just fine

It's only been 2 weeks as I said and I already feel like a new woman!

Unread 05-03-2002, 09:28 AM
Large Lovely Diva Issues

Today was D day. I had seen the subspecialist last week and he had sent me back to my GYN since all the treatment methods he suggested were experimental and not covered by insurance. We agreed on the hysterectomy as the best choice and said he would send me back to my GYN to do it. My Dr never even batted an eye today when I told him I wanted a hysterectomy. I was so thrilled. We are going to plan it for early August. I teach at the university through the summer and have 5 weeks off between summer and fall terms. I will probably take two weeks off at the end of summer term just to give myself a little more time. When I was checking out the gal asked me if everything was alright. I said it was great, he agreed to do it. I commented that I was going to be gutted, like a fish. Ok, that was a little drastic but take it all I said. YAHOO!!!!
Unread 05-03-2002, 10:46 AM
Large Lovely Diva Issues

"gutted like a fish" ?? I got a good laugh out of that, thank you. I am glad your doc is going to take care of you P French.

I had my pre-op appt. My doc brought in another doc who is going to do my surgery with her. She brought this new doc in because she is supposedly the best at working with obese patients. I guess I feel good about that. My doc in no way is being insulting or prejudice about the weight, she really has her heart in the right place,which is making sure that things go as smoothly for me as possible.

They decided to first try to do TVH rather than TAH because of the risk factors from both weight and diabetes and blood pressure problems. Said they may or may not take out my ovaries, it will depend on how it all goes along, and that they may try the lap, and may even end up doing the abdominal incision. I am not sure how I feel about that. I KNOW that she wants to do whats best for me, I feel very very comfortable with my doc and her decisions. I guess it is just sort of scary for me to be going into surgery without really knowing what is going to be done.
Unread 05-11-2002, 05:47 PM
Large Lovely Diva Issues

I'm definitely plus sized FWIW.. My dr told me the balloon ablation wouldn't work for me, simply because I have fibroids embedded in the walls of the uterus (as well as everywhere else in there.)

Hang in there.
Unread 05-26-2002, 02:02 AM
big beautiful woman here

I am over 250 lbs and my doctor never brought it up as a "big"
( no pun intended) issue...i am 6 weeks post op and doing fine...i wish you nothing but luck drop me an email...we can chat if you like [email protected]

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