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    Old 02-10-2014, 04:23 PM   #1
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    Awful LEEP experience, looking for support

    Hi everyone! I'm 27, married, no kids. Completely healthy until a year ago. First had an abnormal pap, then colpo with CIN 2, was told to watch and wait. Then, started developing food intolerances and fatigue...ended up having emergency surgery for a bowel perforation this fall (2013). Stopped eating gluten and have been fine, gastrointestinally, since then, even though they still don't really know what caused the perforation. Had another follow up pap that was abnormal with another colpo that showed CIN 2 again. Was advised to have a LEEP procedure which I had done about 2 1/2 weeks ago.

    I consider myself a pretty tough person, I don't get easily anxious and I never use pain meds, not even after my abdominal surgery. Medical procedures just don't freak me out. That all being said, my LEEP experience was beyond traumatizing. And my doctor made me feel like a total wuss.

    As soon as she turned on the electro-cautery machine, it sparked inside me. Didn't hurt too bad, just was shocking. Doctor said she'd turn it on again and if it sparked, we'd stop, otherwise would continue. It didn't spark, but it felt like something was running thru and pulling down on my uterus. Again, this was before any cutting or anything happened. She had to start and stop and start and stop. And it just felt wrong. I guess if I had been in a less vulnerable position I would have advocated better for myself. Do you think this was all a machine problem? Or does this sensation normally happen? I haven't found ANYTHING about it online. Threw the doctor off so much, she forgot to tell me when she'd start cutting, so I jumped, and she had to make 2 passes.

    I almost started crying in the office because it was so different from what I expected and so awful. She told me if I had to do it again, it'd be under general anesthesia because of "how I reacted". Was it really just me? Or should I get a new doctor? My margins were unclear, which was NOT shocking, considering my luck with health this year. I just want it to be all over. We want to start having kids ASAP and I feel like my life is being held hostage. Going for another colpo/ECC in 4 months and taking every natural/holistic remedy known to man and crossing my fingers.

    This all sucks.

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    Old 02-13-2014, 09:39 AM   #2
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    Re: Awful LEEP experience, looking for support

    Hi, lyman! I'm so sorry to hear about your experience; that sounds just awful.

    I've never heard of something like that happening with the machine, so I have no advice there, but I do think you deserve to have a doctor that is understanding and compassionate. Even if what happened had been 100% about you (and I don't think it was) you still should have a doc that puts you at ease and that you have trust in. If you don't think this doc can do that, then it would probably be worthwhile to find another. In any case, its never a bad idea to get a second opinion.

    I know exactly what you mean about how frustrating it is to be in the "in between" state - waiting for future testing, or waiting for results, or waiting for something but feeling like you can't move forward until you know. It's very stressful. Sending lots of ((hugs)) and hoping that things become clearer soon.

    Old 02-21-2014, 07:52 AM   #3
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    I hear you and I am so sorry that you had such a terrible experience. I am a 44 year old engaged woman who unfortunately got HPV from a former partner- quite a price to pay for an already awful relationship. In any case, I, like you, am no wuss when it comes to pain, but for me the biopsies during the colposcopy and the LEEP procedure were the worst. For whatever reason, I am not really responding well to this type of anesthetic, starting with Cataract surgery 2 years ago when I got to feel the whole procedure-arrgh! Same thing happened with the LEEP when I kept jumping every time she moved to a new area. The doctor was great though, she gave me more novacaine and kept apologizing- even after she was done. Unfortunately, there was nothing she could do about it at the time. My advice is, if we have to have it done again, please knock us out! The other thing no one warned me about was the exhaustion I felt that evening and the next day- slept for more than 12 hours and the emotional wreck I have felt like for the past few days. This can be a very emotional thing for us as women and we need the love and support of those around us. I am very fortunate in that department as my nurse practitioner mom and loving fiance have been there to give all the hugs and understanding I have needed. Hang in there kid!!

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