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    12-20-2009, 02:14 PM
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Laparoscopy and Lupron info greatly appreciated *tmi content*

I'm crossposting this from the Saloon in hopes that more people might be able to see it :) I know not everyone has access or wants to see in the saloon, so after reviewing it I thought it wasn't terribly too much TMI to put it here. Mods are welcome to remove it if they disagree :)

Alrightey - it's going to be a fantastic year!! Ugh. *warning - I'm a little fuzzy-headed and overwhelmed, this post might not make sense*
I saw my Gyn yesterday. To those who haven't followed this, here's the Readers Digest version: I started having severe abdominal pain in November, 2008. It was a cyst and in December, it burst. Since then, I've had some pretty awful abdominal pains. We tried controlling it with continuous birth control, but that didn't work terribly well.
I've been experiencing excruciating pain the past couple of months, to the point where I cannot move, and ever since I stopped taking birth control (for my upcoming knee surgery on Feb 1) abdominal pain is pretty constant It ranges from a crampy menstrual feeling to sharp pains so bad they take my breath away, and I can't move. We've always suspected Endometriosis, and a laproscopy has been on the table since I started seeing him in June. My gyn would like to explore that option now.
I'm having knee surgery (it's starting out as an exploratory scope and progressing from there based on findings) on Feb 1. I had to stop taking birth control, as there is apparently a high risk of blood clots with this surgery (again, we have no idea what's wrong with the knee, a scope might not be enough) - and like I said, being off BC has not been fun. OTC drugs such as Tylenol and Advil don't work particularly well, and heavier drugs like T3's or Tramacet make me very ill - I can only take half a Tramacet at a time without it coming back up right away, and T3s make me nauseous and very dizzy. Anyways, since the "go-to" drugs don't seem to be helping, my gyn wants to put me on a drug called "Lupron" which will throw me into an induced menopause. He says that I might be able to handle it, I might not - I'll be miserable, but my abdominal/uterine pain should stop since we can't seem to control it well at all without birth control. I'm very very nervous about starting Lupron, I might opt to not do it at all. The biggest risk is that menopause, and this drug in particular, are associated with bone density loss - Lupron is not approved to be used more than 6 months.
A few months after my knee surgery, I'll be going back in the OR for my laparoscopy - this is what I'm quite nervous about - any anecdotes or advice? Info is greatly appreciated. We're doing the lap to hopefully shear off any endometrial adhesions that might be making my pain a lot worse. Any sort of lower bowel movements hurt pretty bad, so there's a great possibility there are adhesions on my bowel.
Did I make any sense at all? *sigh* Probably not - please feel free to ask me to clarify anything! Thanks in advance!
     
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    12-20-2009, 11:48 PM
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Foal
I am so sorry all this is happening to you. I have no experience with this but if you ever need to talk you can always PM me. *HUGS*!
     
    12-21-2009, 01:38 AM
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Weanling
I don't have any experience with this sort of stuff either (other than the intense uterine pain, but mine only comes about once a month ;) ), but also wanted to extend my hugs. :) Just hold fast, keep thinking positive, and remember there are a lot of people here to talk to/lean on if ever you should need it. :)
     
    12-21-2009, 01:47 AM
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Thank you two so much - I appreciate my forum friends' support so much.
     
    12-21-2009, 09:01 AM
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I don't have problems like that either, but remember to have calcium enough so you can try to prevent issues with your bones.

*wishing good luck*
     
    12-21-2009, 03:11 PM
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Started
Oof, it's not easy being you these days, is it? :/

I wish you the best of luck!
     
    12-21-2009, 07:06 PM
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Started
Def take calcium supplement if you doctor thinks its a good idea. When I was on depo the gyn said I should be fine, as I eat alot of dairy already.

What is a laparoscopy?
     
    12-21-2009, 09:36 PM
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Foal
Oh my! Not to sound (?) but, been there, done that. I suffered with these "female issues" for 16 years. 5 Laparoscopies, many scopes, emergency c-section (son born 2 months early after 12 days in labor), miscarrages, one ovary removed, then a year later, complete Hysterectomy. That's just a brief summary.

I sooooooo feel your pain! One question you need to ask your Gyn., (this does happen) adhesions develop from surgery. They could cause more adhesions going in to remove the ones you already have, causing more pain and more surgeries.

Good luck and I will keep you in my thoughts.
     
    12-21-2009, 11:13 PM
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Oh my! Not to sound (?) but, been there, done that. I suffered with these "female issues" for 16 years. 5 Laparoscopies, many scopes, emergency c-section (son born 2 months early after 12 days in labor), miscarrages, one ovary removed, then a year later, complete Hysterectomy. That's just a brief summary.

I sooooooo feel your pain! One question you need to ask your Gyn., (this does happen) adhesions develop from surgery. They could cause more adhesions going in to remove the ones you already have, causing more pain and more surgeries.

Good luck and I will keep you in my thoughts.
Thank you very much for your reply and sympathy! :) I am so sorry to hear what you've been through, that sounds just awful! Thank you for the advice - any pearls of wisdom you would like to share from your experiences would be fantastic, and greatly appreciated.
The lap is also to check for scar tissue buildup - I had a ton of it from when my cyst burst last year.
I hope you're doing better now!
     
    12-22-2009, 01:49 AM
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Foal
Doing much better now. Thanks.
Just make sure they keep an eye on any future adhesions. These can be just as painful as the cysts rupturing. And don't let the Dr.'s down play your pain.

I've gone to the ER a few times thinking my appendix has ruptured or was swelled just to find out it was another cysts. The DR. Put off doing much because of my age at the time and they let it go and told me basically to deal with it. Once I was in my 30's and had my third son they finally agreed to do something. Although, going through menapause at 33 was no fun. I'm 39 now and only have nightsweats. And I get to walk through the feminin items aisle at the store and smile :) cause I don't need them anymore. Hehe!!
     

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