Wednesday, May 26, 2010

M.I.A.

First of all, I want to thank all of you wonderful readers who have emailed me over the past week or so wondering if everything is OK with me. It means a lot to me that people are reading enough to realize when you have been gone to long and are genuinely curious as to why.


Since my last post I have gained exactly 5 pounds back. The very same 5 pounds I was so proud to have lost as it put me at the 10 pounds lost marker.

But I'm OK with it.  Why?

1) I have been eating like crap! (When I felt like eating at all that is.)

2) I have not been exercising AT ALL!

Why you ask again?

Because I have been sick.

I have been VERY sick.

I have been going through medical tests and doctor's appointments like crazy to find out why I am sick (and am in constant agony).

I was so stressed out, not just with the pain, but also because I was having trouble working, walking up and down stairs, sleeping, and doing just about anything really. I was so freaked out trying to figure out what it could be.

Luckily we pretty much have the answer now, also luckily it seems like something that should be easy to take care of without extensive surgeries and medications.

I have a few more tests that need to be run before the doctor can refer me to the specialist, and then they will be the ones to decide how to proceed.

Here is what we do know so far: (WARNING - This is very personal and involves women's cycles, etc and might be too much information for some people. Continue reading at your own risk!)

PCOS has pretty much been confirmed via ultrasounds, but we are still waiting on the final blood work to come back on that.

Two uterine fibroids have been discovered. One is about 2 cm and the other is around 5cm. The larger one is in the lower back area and the reason for most of the pain and the inability to sleep.

I have an excess of ovarian follicles which is also a symptom of PCOS and may be rupturing which can also be causing the pain in the abdominal areas.

Until we can get more test results back and speak to a specialist I have been placed on prescription painkillers to manage the pain so I can at least return to a somewhat normal lifestyle. I have also been placed on birth control pills for three months (starting with my next cycle) to manage the hormone levels and make the menstrual cycles more bearable as that is what is aggravating the fibroids.

Fun stuff right! At least I got in lots of reading and video game time! I even made a Shelfari account! Feel free to add me.

At least it's not cancerous...that's what I keep repeating to myself over and over again...

Next week I hope to get back to healthier eating and some exercise (pending how the painkillers work of course).  I have already been told I had to drop out of my dancing with ROTC for the season as well as drop out of my first 5K race I had planned.  I'm pretty bummed but I am hoping once my health gets back on track I can return to those things I enjoyed!

16 comments:

Wendy said...

Hey Gwenny!!!! You know we miss you, but your health HAS to come first!!! Keep positive! You will eventually come out of the "eating funk" and get back on track but take the time and pamper your self a little bit. No need to add more stress to your list.

Yours in spinning,

Sarg

Gwenny said...

Aww thanks Wendy! I miss you guys so much! My poor rifle is getting covered in dust sitting in the corner...it's so sad and lonely...he never even got his pretty stickers...

Vanessa said...

That sucks (except for the reading/video game time). Get better soon lady!

Gwenny said...

Thanks lady! I actually just found a great book I really want to pick up to help out with what's going on.

http://www.shelfari.com/books/1719289/Healing-Fibroids-A-Doctors-Guide-to-a-Natural-Cure

I swear, there's a book for everything!

Julie from Momspective said...

My best friend has PCOS. The best thing you can do is just take care of yourself. We're all here to support you in any way you need. Her doctor told her regular exercise will help her out. I'm a pro when it comes to lady part issues, let me know if you need to vent.

Gwenny said...

Thanks hun I really appreciate that. Up until recently I couldn't do anything because of the pain. At least now with the pain killers I should be able to get back on my elliptical...and maybe more!

MargieAnne said...

I'm sorry to hear the last weeks have been so miserable. I guess the good news is you are on the way to being a whole lot better.

Blessings

Patrick said...

Gwenny you have been missed, hope you get good news back when the test results come in. Easy to see where all of this has caused stress and diffculty ineating/exercising. We're thinking about you and hope all will be well.

Gwenny said...

Thank you Patrick. That means a lot to me!

MargieAnne said...

Hi I thought a Blog Award might cheer you up. You can collect it over at today's post on my Blog.

I hope answering the questions that go with it give you a little bit of fun time.

Gwenny said...

Oh thank you so much Margie! I will get to this before this weekend is out!

/hugs

Rene W. said...

I'm so sorry you've been going through that!! How scary - Hope you are feeling much better now that they've found the problem & you're on the mend!! I see your button over here for weight loss bloggers - how exciting! I just started a new blog for my weight loss journey.. I will have to check that out :) Have a nice weekend!

Lucy said...

I'm visiting from the Lady Blogger's Tea Party. Great job on making the commitment to lose weight. But I am very sorry about your health problems. The only advice I can give is try to keep a positive attitude (which it sounds like you are) and get second opinions (I love my naturopath). Best of luck. Following you on networked blogs!

MargieAnne said...

Hi I've noticed you haven't up-dated for a couple of weeks.

I do hope all is well with you and that the medical/health stuff is moving along without any more problems.

Blessings

mommayoungathome said...

Sounds like a lot of crud to go through. I am glad they at least found the answers.

Get better soon

{{{hugs}}}

Gwenny said...

Thanks everyone! It was even better once I had to be admitted to Emergency for surgery...lol...but that's another story!

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