Re: Chronic Pelvic Pain
I don't know if yours is similar to this, but I've been having pain on and off for 17 months. First it lasted 3 months straight, pain, pressure and burning in my right abdomen, flank and lower back, and pelvic area. The pain goes as low as my leg almost and up as high as under my ribs. I've seen several GPs who have told me everything from it's anxiety, IBS, kidney stones to there's nothing wrong with me and go home and enjoy my life. I've refused pain pills and antidepressents.
I went to the OB-GYN who said my right ovary felt full, which I Guess is not alarming, and sent me for a pelvic U/S, which they said was normal (even though there was a cyst present on my ovary). In Sept I went to the ER and had a CTscan, which I was told by the ER doc. it was normal. I followed up with a NEW OB-GYN, who told me my CTscan was normal, and it could be endometriosis, but they don't do lap surgery to determine that anymore (which I know isn't true), so he put me on the pill. He told me if the pill helped it was endo. Well, the pill made me gain weight, gave me a headache and I felt like crud all the time, as well as nauseated a lot. I quit that, and the pain became less frequent. The longest it's lasted was 3 months straight, the longest I've been without pain is about 2 months straight. A lot of times it hurts only a day or two, but sometimes a week or two.
I went to a rheumatologist a month ago thinking I might have chronic myofascial pain, which she did diagnose me with. BUt as she was looking through my record it showed that in my CTscan I had last Sept, my right ovary was 4.2 cm. larger than my left. That DOESN'T sound normal to me!!! That and the fact that in June I was told my right ovary felt full, and in July my right ovary showed a cyst on it. I now have switched OB-GYN docs, and have an apt with my new one on MOnday, at which time I'm going to make him tell me how it's normal for one ovary to be TWICE the size of the other, when I am in pain frequently. I want them to do the lap to see what is going on, not just throw another pill at me!!!!!!