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Old 12-22-2008, 07:51 PM   #1
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Unhappy sudden spotting

Hello Everyone: I'm new to this site and would like some help with a problem that started tonight.
I'm a 56 years old. My last period was 2003.
Things were going pretty good until tonight when I used the bathroom and when I was finished I noticed blood on the bathroom tissue. It looked like the beginning of I would have called once a onset to a period. Is this unusal for this to occur after all this time without a period? To say I am a bit worried about this is a understatment. Nothing like this has happened since my last period many years ago.

I hope that somebody can help me out with this problem. I have tried to search the web for help but nothing came up until I came across this site.

Thanks to all that reply
Maggie

 
Old 12-22-2008, 08:29 PM   #2
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Re: sudden spotting

As I understand it, if you are postmenopausal for several years and then have some bleeding, you should definitely follow-up with your ob/gyn. I don't think this is necessarily cancer (it could be some beneign condition such as a polyp) but I would want to know what is causing the bleeding.

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Old 12-23-2008, 03:29 AM   #3
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Re: sudden spotting

Hi Maggie,

First of all, try not to worry. But I know that's easier said than done.

Here is what I know: In the course of a conversation I was having with my Dr one day, a woman by the way, I said to her that I had read about women who had gone for many years without a period and then suddenly have one. She told me that yes it does happen and that it doesn't always mean there is something wrong. She just said we are all different and unique.

However like leea said it is something you need to get checked out just to be sure everything is OK.

Chantal

 
Old 12-23-2008, 06:31 AM   #4
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Re: sudden spotting

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Originally Posted by maggie052 View Post
Hello Everyone: I'm new to this site and would like some help with a problem that started tonight.
I'm a 56 years old. My last period was 2003.
Things were going pretty good until tonight when I used the bathroom and when I was finished I noticed blood on the bathroom tissue. It looked like the beginning of I would have called once a onset to a period. Is this unusal for this to occur after all this time without a period? To say I am a bit worried about this is a understatment. Nothing like this has happened since my last period many years ago.

I hope that somebody can help me out with this problem. I have tried to search the web for help but nothing came up until I came across this site.

Thanks to all that reply
Maggie
Hi Maggie
try not to worry. I had this. I am 53 and not had a period for three years when I had the same thing on the toilet tissue. Alarm bells rang! To cut a long story short I had a vaginal scan and they found a cyst on each ovary. I then had a d&c and a hysterscopy. All clear the specialist said although I did not have any periods I could have still been ovulating which caused the cysts. Try not too worry but I know its not easy and they always make you wait so long for the results. Keep us informed and have a good Vhristmas Gilly

 
Old 12-23-2008, 08:30 AM   #5
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Re: sudden spotting

Thank you all that have written back. First of all Let me say to you all Merry Christmas. Happy Christmas too I have a daughter living in Kent England.
I have a bit of spotting today. I have called my local doctor and I'am waiting for his office to get back to me sometime today. I have decided to cancel my christmas plans for travel and just stay home where it is warm and close to hospital if anything else should pop along. I'am hoping my Doctor will at least see me today just to check things out. But with tomorrow being Christmas Eve anything is expected.
I have been trying to keep busy this morning preparing for christmas dinner here. I have a few things that need doing now but I have a wonderful husband that helps me alot. There would be some extra travel on christmas 2 hour drive one way and back and I just think I shouldn't push things with not feeling up to snuff. But you ladies have calmed me down and I just wanted to thank you all for that. Cause it was sure scary. So once I have seen or heard anything from the Doctor office I will put another post.
Hope everyone has a nice Christmas
Thanks again
Maggie

 
Old 12-23-2008, 08:50 AM   #6
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Re: sudden spotting

My doctor told me that as long as I have ovaries, I could have some bleeding. And I did once - a little bit. No bid deal.

 
Old 12-29-2008, 08:17 AM   #7
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Re: sudden spotting

Maggie,

Today is 12/29/08, and I am 54, have not had a period in 3 years. I am spotting today, and I am freaked out. Since October I have been battling some acne, and when I went to a dermatologist, she said it was hormonal. I was skeptical, but now I see she may be right. How are you doing now, has your spotting stopped? I am still very scared.

 
Old 12-30-2008, 07:50 AM   #8
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Re: sudden spotting

Hello Sandra:

I'm not doing to well either. I called my family doctor a week ago to inform him of my spotting. I was told they get back to me, the Doctor would probably arrange a ultra sound and to see OB. As of this morning I'm stilllll waiting for them to get back to me. I would have least thought my own family doctor would have done a internal and sent some tissue samples away. Nobody is doing a darn thing. I have been calling his office today for almost a hour and 1/2 to get a stupid answering machine to say they are open but nothing. To say I have gone from worried sick to even more now
I stopped spotting on Saturday. It went on for 5 days. I have been very itchy with this also. One would have thought the doctor office would have done a urine sample or something.
So Sandra if you can get into your own family doctor. Ask him to do at least internal ultra sound and a pap smear. That is what I am waiting for if I ever get through to our doctor office. I'm very angry here to think they either forgot or I have fallen though the cracks. If I can't get them on the phone within a 1/2 hour I will be making a trip to his office. Enough is Enough.
Sorry to go on but you can see my anger. I think myself I should have at least been seen too to even asure me of something.
Keep writting Sanda I want to know how you are doing as well
Keep you chin up
Maggie

 
Old 12-30-2008, 06:20 PM   #9
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Re: sudden spotting

I have not been itchy, but my face is mess. I am still bleeding, albeit light. I have an appointment with Gyn on Friday. Did you get to the doctor?

 
Old 01-01-2009, 09:22 AM   #10
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Re: sudden spotting

Hello Sandra:

Well finally on the phone all day on Tuesday. I found out my doctor office messed up my referrals and requisitions. To make a long story short. I don't go for my pelvic ultra sound until Jan 19 and then I have been scheduled as a emergency appointment with the OB. They said at their office that the Dr. like to see patients within a month of them bleeding but wanted to make sure that I had the ultra sound done before seeing him. That is all the news I have so far. I only spotted for 5 days and it stopped. Nothing since with fingers and toes crossed.
I will be thinking of you on Friday. If you get a chance would you post what your doctor had to say too. I wonder if yours and mine blood should be done as well just to check the hormone levels. Make sure you ask for this stuff Sandra. It won't hurt.
Until tomorrow you take good care of yourself
Maggie

 
Old 01-02-2009, 05:42 PM   #11
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Re: sudden spotting

Update:

I went to doctor today. He took me in his office, where I described my issue. I described the bleeding as a "period", and he said that was not a period, it was abnormal bleeding, then I described the acne, the pain in my ovary and change in vaginal dryness, then he said well it could be, but it was definately not normal, and that he needed to do a pelvic exam, endometrsis biopsy and a sonogram. He warned that biopsy would be slightly uncomfortable. Before the exam the nurse gave me two Motrins which she said would reduce the cramping. During the exam, he said everything looked and felt normal. Then he prepared my cervix for the biopsy, he said to the nurse something that I took to mean was an issue, so I asked what's wrong. He said that my cervix was small, and there was not a lot of tissue, which made would make the biopsy a little more uncomfortable, but then he said that was a good sign regarding the health of my uterus. The biopsy was extremely fast, and not really that bad. The anticipation was the worse part! Afterwards, I met him back in his office, where he gave me the referral for the sonogram. He said based on the exam, he felt confident that there will be no problems. I asked whether testing my hormones level would explain what happened, and he said it wouldn't.

 
Old 01-03-2009, 11:52 AM   #12
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Re: sudden spotting

Hello again Sandra:

Do you feel a bit better knowing that the doctor said that things did sound good?

Nobody has even touched me yet I will have to wait for 2 weeks just to get a pelvic ultrasound and then another week to see the OB I guess he will do his own biopsy.

But I'm glad to hear that at least this stage went well for you. Now it the darn waiting for the results and your other test.

Thanks for keeping me informed and I hope you have a good weekend.
Maggie

 
Old 01-19-2009, 01:53 PM   #13
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Re: sudden spotting

I just got home after having a vaginal ultrasound done. I was told that I had a very small fyoid but the tech. doing the ultrasound said I had alot of lining in the uterus. She didn't think that the fyroid was causing the bleeding that I had last month. I am booked in to see the OBYN next Monday. In 2004 I was also treated to having alot of lining build up and had it removed. So now I guess it's in the hands of the OBYN to decide what course is next for me. I hope things are going ok with you Sandra I have been thinking of you too.

So all I can say for now is I'm still scared and guess I will be until next week. I also like to ask out there is there any pill they can give you to induce a period to get rid of the lining? I know they can stop a period but not sure if they can after all this time induce one. Just a thought

Anyway hope everyone is doing as well as they can be and I will be in touch next week after the visit to the OBYN

Regards Maggie

 
Old 01-20-2009, 01:01 AM   #14
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Re: sudden spotting

Hi Maggie,

I'm sorry you are scared and having such a rough time.

Two possible solutions come to mind: First, I would inquire about an endometrial ablation which is a procedure that destroys the lining of the uterus permanently. It's for women like you who are having problems with endometrial thickening and really do not need or want a hysterectomy. The endometrium is destroyed with high frequency sound waves in one procedure and there are other ways too

Second you could induce a period with a 10 day course of a progestin. But I think in your case that would only be a temporary fix to your problem if it worked at all since you seem to have a thick endometrium.

I would definitely consider an ablation to put an end to it and reduce the risk of endometrial cancer.

I wish you the best.

Chantal

 
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