Friday, October 29, 2010

Are you Serious?

I don't often feel well after my appointments due to the ultrasound, anxiousness, and activity but I know it's going to be this way and it no longer worries me if I have a few pains afterwards. Only last week it lasted for several days. I called the doctor on Saturday but all I could say is I have some discomfort down there blah, blah, blah...I don't even know why I called but I was hurting and my post-appointment discomfort doesn't usually last that long. Sunday morning was good but by afternoon I was in pain again. I knew I didn't want to go to the hospital but what could it be? I had TOIAW inspect for an infection of some kind but all he said was, "It looks blue-ish purple." I had no idea what that meant but I didn't have any signs of infection so I just rested (like I don't do enough of that already). Same thing Monday morning: fine when I woke-up but pain 1.5 hours after waking. And it wasn't just pain, it was a burning sensation. It had to be an infection, I thought, so I called my OB and she said she wanted me to see the MFM to have him check my cervix just in case.


TOIAW came home and we went to the doctor's office. My OB and MFM no longer share an office so I went to see him first and then, if need be (like if the pain wasn't caused by my cervix), they were going to send me to see my OB. Good plan only I had to wait for quite a while. The good news is, I met a lovely woman who was also waiting and we had a great discussion about affordable housing. She is a property manager at an affordable housing complex so she had a lot of insight. I was inordinately excited to talk about an interesting topic with someone. I hope she didn't notice. Also, it was nice to be distracted because I was really scared. It seemed the symptoms got worse every time I got up or went to the bathroom which concerned me that it actually was my cervix and I was just feeling it on the outside since there aren't a lot of nerve endings around the cervix. Finally it was my turn and the ultrasound showed the the usual less-than-stellar cervical length but, once again, it appears to be stable. So why do I feel like I used sand paper rather than toilet paper? The MFM didn't even examine me, he just said to try an over-the-counter yeast infection cream. Fine. We stopped at a pharmacy on the way home and got the necessary supplies. I followed the directions and felt some relief for about 5-10 minutes...until I got tears in my eyes and told TOIAW I was pretty sure someone tampered with the package and replaced the regular cream with acid. I was in so much pain!

I eventually fell asleep but the next morning I called my OB. She suggested "airing out the area" and made me an appointment for her next office day (Thursday). Guess what she found? You'll never guess unless you've had this issue before (and I so hope you haven't). This is what I have. It's not the best link, but you get the idea. Surprisingly, a combination of cortisone cream and trying not to irritate the area have helped a lot.

The good news is my cervix was closed when she looked at it and "there's some thickness to it" whatever that means. It would seem that if it were normal she would have said that outright but I know I'm not normal. What is normal anyway?

6 comments:

rebecca said...

Oh my you poor thing, that sounds terribly uncomfortable! Glad they figured out what it was finally and you've found something that seems to be helping!

Soapchick said...

Oh goodness that sounds painful. I hope you get some relief soon. Glad your cervix was described as "thick". Keep hanging in there, not long now.

N said...

Ouch ouch ouch!! Glad for the good news, but man, you did not need that!

AKD said...

I had read about those before, and they scared me to death! POOR THING! I'm sending you e-hugs.

MFA Mama said...

Ohhh I got those, and WOW do they ever hurt! Witchhazel pads are your friend. In fact, you can roll them up and lay the rolls...well, where they'll *apply pressure* when you sit with your legs together...and it feels SO much better. OHMAHGAH I cannot believe I just typed that in a public forum. Seriously though, it helped me a lot.

The Gutsy Mom said...

Oh Rachel. On top of everything else? I am so sorry you are dealing with vvv's. I, thankfully, never had those, but I know someone else who suffered through them, and they just sound HIDEOUSLY painful. My prayers are with you!