I took a trip to my local GP with abdominal/pelvic pain that never really seemed to go away however it seemed to be increasing and on occasion it took my breath way.
Over the last few years I have been no stranger to pain, due to the fact that I suffer with SPD after my pregnancy with Joshua over stretched my pelvic ligaments. However this was new pain and more to the left hand side than to the right. This is a long and drawn out story so I won’t bore you with the ins and outs other than to say I visited my GP 6 times in 7 months, I had internal and external exams and even had an internal and external ultrasound.
By mid-October I had lost the will to live, the pain was increasing, I was bloated and my GP’s response was to tell me to take stronger pain killers and come back in a month. This was the ever helpful advice I pretty much received on each visit.
Over the last few months I had become irritable, tired, withdrawn and resentful, resentful that I was beginning to think that in fact I was going slightly insane, that maybe this pain had never really been there at all and I was become a hypochondriac.
Late October I went for a last ditch attempt and I made the drastic decision to move to a Dr’s out of the village we live in to a practice in another village. Needless to say they were not overly impressed at my attempts but after filling them in on my woes they took pity and agreed the whole family could move to them.
Within days I had received my new patient appointment and I was then able to book my full appointment, however for 3 weeks I chicken out, however after a particularly bad few days I finally booked my appointment.
I visited my New GP on Wednesday 27th November and after taking a whole 35 minutes.. Yes you read that right 35 whole minutes of non-pen holding and full direct eye contact followed by an internal exam he decided that I needed to see a consultant urgently. Less than 24hrs after I saw my GP I received a phone call from the hospital (yet again surprising me at 8.30 in the morning) to say I was booked in and must attend on Wednesday 5th December.
After having attend last week all I can say right now as I am a little shocked but it seems my GP thought I may have had Cancer, however they now think that my chance of having Cancer is 0.01% (although a biopsy will be performed) however it seems I was not wrong I am in fact in pain (I am not mad after all) in fact the shock came from the Consultant in that I had lasted so long in this pain.
So I will be having surgery in the coming weeks/months to repair some acute adhesions, stemming from my caesarean scar as it seems I don’t heal well and internally my scar has over healed, sealing some of my internal bits together.
My surgery will be started and hopefully completed while I am under general anaesthetic and hopefully it will remain as key hole surgery, however this depends on what mess they find while in there.
Sitting here now, I can truly hand on heart say I am happy, joyous even, for nearly 8 months I became depressed, was in pain, and no one seemed to care, no one even acknowledged this pain and I was made to feel like it was in my head.
I now feel that my life can move forward, there is light at the end of the tunnel and I am eternally grateful to the new GP who took the time to listen and take action.
I am looking forward to some fairly pain free days after the surgery and best of all I am not going mad! … Although on some things maybe a little round the edges.
I am also entering this post into Emma’s Moments That Matter which you can find HERE