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Old 08-09-2005, 11:16 AM   #1
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Here's the deal, I am in the process of trying to find a new General Practitioner, because I really feel like my doc now isn't really trying to listen to what I say, or my concerns.

Since I first started having my periond, I had SEVERE back pain for the day before and first day of my period. This pain was so bad I couldn't go to school, or work. It was just terrible. Month after month, the pain go progressively worse. Finally, when I was about 19/20, I left work, because the pain was so bad, and went straight to the doc and waited there until they could see me. When they finally saw me, he simply put me on birth control (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) and told me to see if that would help. Unfortunately it made me gain nearly 25 pounds over 2-3 months, but the pain completely went away.

Here we are, 3 years later, and the pain has started to come back. While it is not nearly as bad as it was before I finally started the pill, I am now older, and more concerned with actually finding the cause of the problem, rather than just covering it up. I saw my doc about it, and her thought was that I had a tilted uteris. She explained that many women either tilt forward or backwards, and those that tilt backwards often have back pain. She simply switched me to another BC pill. Unfortunately since switching, I've gained MORE weight!

Sorry for such a long story, but I guess I have two questions. 1. Shouldn't there be some sort of exam to determine that the tilt is the cause of the problem, and not something more serious, like endometriosis? and, 2. Is there any form of birth control (pill or not) that does not cause weight gain? I have never had children, but would like to sometime soon.

Thanks for any help/info you can provide. I'm just at a loss, my insurance will not let me switch general practitioners until next month

 
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Old 08-09-2005, 11:27 AM   #2
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Re: birth control

See an OB/GYN.

 
Old 08-09-2005, 01:27 PM   #3
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Re: birth control

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Originally Posted by mritta
Here's the deal, I am in the process of trying to find a new General Practitioner, because I really feel like my doc now isn't really trying to listen to what I say, or my concerns.

Since I first started having my periond, I had SEVERE back pain for the day before and first day of my period. This pain was so bad I couldn't go to school, or work. It was just terrible. Month after month, the pain go progressively worse. Finally, when I was about 19/20, I left work, because the pain was so bad, and went straight to the doc and waited there until they could see me. When they finally saw me, he simply put me on birth control (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) and told me to see if that would help. Unfortunately it made me gain nearly 25 pounds over 2-3 months, but the pain completely went away.

Here we are, 3 years later, and the pain has started to come back. While it is not nearly as bad as it was before I finally started the pill, I am now older, and more concerned with actually finding the cause of the problem, rather than just covering it up. I saw my doc about it, and her thought was that I had a tilted uteris. She explained that many women either tilt forward or backwards, and those that tilt backwards often have back pain. She simply switched me to another BC pill. Unfortunately since switching, I've gained MORE weight!

Sorry for such a long story, but I guess I have two questions. 1. Shouldn't there be some sort of exam to determine that the tilt is the cause of the problem, and not something more serious, like endometriosis? and, 2. Is there any form of birth control (pill or not) that does not cause weight gain? I have never had children, but would like to sometime soon.

Thanks for any help/info you can provide. I'm just at a loss, my insurance will not let me switch general practitioners until next month
I agree with the above post. You should have been seening an OB/GYN this entire time, not messing around with a GP. Nothing against GP's, but when your problem is specific to the reproductive organs, you should see a specialist who knows the most about those organs. I'm actually quite alarmed that the GP would continue to write prescriptions for birth control without suggesting you consult a OB/GYN. It's negligence on the physician's part as well as yours.

No pill is without the risk of weight gain. Every last brand has weight gain as a possible side effect. Most doctors will tell you though that hormones can not cause weight gain; only poor diet and lack of exercise can do that. The pill can cause water retention, which can amount to a few pounds, but it can't spontaneously create fat, making you heavier. Doctors will explain that the pill can cause an increased appetite (after all, your body *thinks* it's pregnant), and giving into cravings and lack of exercise will undoubtedly lead to weight gain.

Again, go to an OB/GYN. Most insurances don't even require referals to see one. At your age, you should have been seening one, anyway, especially given your problems.

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