Thursday, April 22, 2010

And the beat goes on - A lesson in anatomy

Good news -
My lab results and ultrasound results are in!

More good news -
The labs looked good. No major problems or hormone imbalances at the moment. Yeah!

Now the not-so-good-news -

My ultrasound showed multiple cysts on multiple ovaries. This isn't a surprise. Afterall, it's what PCOS is all about.

But it also showed fluid surrounding the left one, which is usually the result of a cyst rupturing. Great... but at least it explains some of the symptoms I've been having.

But wait - there is more not-so-good news.

Among the bunches of cysts on the right ovary were 2 large "complex masses". This means they appeared solid and irregularly edged. So "What does that mean?"

Well, most cysts are like internal blisters. They are filled with fluid and when they burst, it hurts, but it's not the end of the world. In fact, my hormones are probably normal right now because of that ruptured cyst on the left side. See, my theory is that the crazy period I had last month was due to the cyst being inflamed (much like a blister) until it burst. Once it did, the inflamation was gone and the hormones dipped back down.

So "What's next?"
Lab tests for CA 125 levels and an MRI.

That's right folks - we're testing for cancer.

While there is no established link between PCOS and Ovarian Cancer, it would seem a logical leap (from where I sit anyway). But we'll see.

"How do you feel about all this?"
I have great friends and family that are helping me through. While nothing can take the place of that inimate bond of a husband or dedicated life partner at home to help me through, this "is what it is" and I'll get through it - no matter what the DX.

Thankfully, I'm still not really in pain. (As I "should" be, according to just about every medical text.) So I still plan to finish the show and the triathlon, unless something urgent should need to be done within the next 3 weeks.

So there you have it. The results are in and... well, we've pretty much ruled out Endometriosis and Fibriods. Yeah?

1 comment:

  1. I'm sure everything is fine, but I'm sorry you're playing the waiting game right now. I hope they get back to you soon!!!