Friday, September 07, 2007

S is for Sonogram

Warning: medical stuff in here!

S for Sonogram. Not the fun kind you have when you're pregnant. Trust 51 my baby days are long behind me.

No, this one started when I had a CAT scan of my stomach because of weird abdominal pain. They found 'something' in my pelvic area and my doctor said I had to have a pelvic sonogram. The doctor called me with the results this morning. I'm happy to say there was only a small cyst and nothing to be concerned about.

I've been hopeful. The last thing I need on top of my stomach problems and chronic back pain is more trouble. So at least I can put this behind me. If I never had another sonogram, I'd be happy. Why do all these tests involve things that are uncomfortable, like drinking a quart of water and holding it in? Well, at least they took me pretty quickly the other day, LOL! And they actually have a bathroom outside the ultrasound room that has a sign on the door that says, "for ultrasound patients ONLY!"

Okay, so the weird pain in my abdomen. It's on my left side, just a bit under my ribcage. I don't feel sick at all. I just ache. I'm having an endiscopy on September 18th. My gastro doc thinks I might have another ulcer.

Oh, great, wonderful. I can't take ibuprofen for my back (and damn, the stuff does work) because it gave me my first ulcer. Now I suppose I'll be told to knock off the coated aspirin I take. Which leaves Tylenol...which does nothing for inflammation.

Well, at least I can still use my heat pads. I hope!


Milehimama said...

That's exactly what my ulcer feels like.

Andrew Weil wrote a book called "Eating Well for Optimum Health" and he details an anti-inflammatory diet that might really help you.
It is less red meat, more olive oil, kind of a mediterranean diet.

Garlic might help, too.

Hope they find out how to help you soon!

Maggie said...

Everyone is different but my left sided pain turned out to be diverticulitis ( this was early 2005 at only 32!) It became unmanageable and I had surgery in 2006. On a more positive note my joint pain has gotten MUCH better since the surgery. They said the chronic infection was causing arthritis and I had probably had it for years.

Anonymous said...

I saw your post about icky stuff leaching out of H20 bottles, it's alot of hooey. Go to the Johns Hopkins site and they have dedicated an entire page to that ridiculous email being circulated for years!!!!! My daughter sent it to me so I looked it up to see if it is true, it isn't just the opposite, cold makes the plastic seal up even stronger as the molecules move closer together. Just don't want you to think you have to stop buying bottled water.

TinkerBlue said...

I can't take aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen. All three make me hideously ill. For lower pack pain I take Robaxisal - it has acetylsalicylic acid as the anti inflammatory and it works for me. Don't take the Robax Platinum - that has ibuprofen in it.

Mom2fur said...

Anonymous, if you come back, thanks for the heads up! Actually, I read this in a legitimate magazine, not on line. If I'd received such an e-mail, I'd have done a 'hoax' search about it, as I always do.

Maggie said...

The doctor I saw explained to me that joint pain can be a sign of underlying infection. I have suffered from joint pain for over a decade but it did improve after the surgery by a great deal. He also said that even though I had only had pain for a year, I must have had it for a long time because of the amount of damage and scaring on my intestines. If you want to know any more feel free to email me. :)

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Strangely, I have a nagging pain just under my ribcage, but it's on the right side. I've had endoscopy, but doc didn't find anything. Said he didn't know what it was. That was several years ago. It still hurts from time to time, but it hasn't killed me yet. I'm chalking it up to fibromyalgia, as I do everything else these days--including my own chronic back pain. Glad your ultrasound turned out ok.