Concerned about something....

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Concerned about something....
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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 3:51pm

Over the past several days I've had pain on my lower right side and so I went to my OB and he said that I have a CL (corpus luteal) cyst, which is what I suspected. He saw some free-flowing fluid also and said it had probably begun to leak, hence the pain. Anyway, before he even checked my ovaries, he checked in my uterus and started measuring my uterine lining (this was on Tues...8 dpo...I tend to have a 12-14 LP, so I'm due to start AF in about 2-3 days) and he said it was about 16-17 mm at about a week out from AF. He panned back a bit and said he though maybe that measurement was a little generous, but didn't really say what he thought it was (maybe 14 or 15?). He non-chalantly asked me if I'd been having heavy periods and I said no, that they were normal. He left it at that and said, other than the cyst, everything looked normal (no evidence of polyps or fibroids either). I pretty much left thinking maybe the thicker uterine lining meant that I was newly pg (maybe just implanted or something). I took an HPT this morning though (11 dpo) and it was BFN.

I relayed the info about the cyst and the thick lining over at the TTCAM ("trying to conceive after m/c" board) and some of the ladies (who regular see an RE) have me totally freaked out saying that it might be something as benign as some estrogen dominance to something as dangerous as........ENDOMETRIAL CANCER!!!! I'm 43, but I have no signs of being even perimenopausal. I also O every month (I've been using NFP for over 21 years, so I chart every month and I know all the signs), have regular 27-30 day cycles, have no bleeding/spotting between AF's (other than a couple days of pre-AF spotting that I've had for years after the birth of my 3rd child), and no heavy AF's (sometimes it's a little on the heavier side the first 2 days, but not soaking pads or anything like that). I still seem to get pg pretty easily, even though I lost 3 in 13 mos, but at least we know,with the last one (in Feb, I had a D & C), it was due to trisomy 22. I don't seem to have any signs of endometrial cancer, so why am I still so scared now?

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Sat, 06-11-2011 - 2:23pm

i too agree that the problem with message boards sometimes is that we take to heart everything that's said ..... i feel that this journey is just so intense that it's easy to look to much into a scan /blood test etc and then become very negative and panic. It's becomes easy to forget what our RE

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Sat, 06-11-2011 - 12:41am
I wont be on a break this next cycle...my period should be here in 2-3 days and then I'll be O-ing again just before our trip on the June 30th. As an aside, I actually didn't TTC this cycle...at least not purposefully...but I caved during my fertile window. It's so hard to "take a break."

Thank you, Vickie....yes, you did help!

Danielle
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Sat, 06-11-2011 - 12:34am

Thanks ladies! Yeah...it totally freaked me out. I was so scared...I actually prayed last night before I went to sleep that I wouldn't have cancer. How paranoid is that? One lady even came out of "lurkdom" to tell me I should get to the docs to check it out ASAP because her mom was diagnosed and died the next year. Talk about freaked out! I know they were probably just looking out for me and meant well, but, yeah, I was scared. Well, if nothing else, it'll force me to be very vigilant and watch for any weird symptoms in the future.....as if I'm not already. :/

Thanks for the hugs!

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Sat, 06-11-2011 - 12:21am
AMEN Brandy! I was thinking the same thing! I'm sorry they freaked you out Dani, why they would go so extreme is beyond me, my goodness!! Glad you called and talked to the nurse and feel better now! Hug!
 
 
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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 11:27pm
And herein lies the problem with online message boards! :-) Okay seriously, WHO in their right mind would tell you that you may have cancer???? Do these people know you? Were they in the doctor's office with you? Do they have a medical degree? No one should ever even suggest something like that on a message board. Geeeesh! And I don't think you have one single thing to worry about, Danielle! If that doc had even an INKLING of something that could possibly be wrong, he would've been all over the testing, etc. Docs just can't afford to NOT be overly cautious these days. So if he didn't tell you to worry, then I wouldn't worry!! If it's really bothering you, then go back in and see him. But I certainly wouldn't let the postings of a few people freak you out. It would be a million other things b/f it would ever be the big C word! Try not to fret!

:-) Brandy, 42 yrs. old


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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 7:18pm

WOW! My nerves would be frayed with the thought of cancer. I personally don't think it's cancer related because he would not have let you walk out without further testing. I'm sure there are some bad docs out there but most are more than cautious now.

So sorry about the cyst. I know how painful they can be. Hope

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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 7:17pm

*UPDATE*

Well, I called my OB's office and talked to his nurse about the concerns about my lining. She basically told me that at my age (43), I might have some variations with my lining thickeness due to hormonal fluctuations, but that it's not worrisome for health reasons if I'm not having any other symptoms, ie. regularly bleeding between AF's, heavy, long AF's, etc. She also said that at the middle of the LP (1 week before AF, the lining can be quite thick and that 14-17mm may not be that unusual at all at that point. I never had a base lining measurement earlier on in the cycle either, so I don't know what it started out with. For all I know, maybe my lining's always this thick at this point in my cycle, so maybe this has always been normal for me. I don't know cause I've never been measured before.

She told me that if I'm still not pg by Sept AND/OR I start having bleeding issues, then I'd need to call her back and they'd do some more measuring (before O and after) and/or other tests, if it's warranted.

So, bottom line is, if I don't have any suspicious symptoms and I'm still very premenopausal, chances are there isn't anything serious going on (ie. cancer).

If it's the beginnings of endometriosis or something like that (which I dont seem to have symptoms of either), then we'll deal with that too. But, at this point in my life, I'm not going to go through anything drastic to get pg...if it's meant to be, it's meant to be, if not, then so be it. I'm beginning to be at peace with whatever is meant to happen.......