Saturday, May 18, 2013

One Step Forward....Five Steps Back

Last year, I had to put the entire year of race plans on hold due to severe and constant pelvic pain. For a few days each month it was so intense that it would cause me to begin blacking out. I went to the OB/ GYN (two, actually) and had blood tests, several exams and ultrasounds done. She finally told me that all of my pain would be cured by having a NovaSure procedure. This is where they take a wand-like device, place it inside the uterus and burn the inside. It is supposed to cause scarring and stop the bleeding (which wasn't even really my issue.) 

I was so desperate to be pain free and feel normal again that I finally agreed. She's been my OB/GYN for almost ten years. I trusted her. So I had the procedure done last August. Easy peasy. And she was right! The pain was GONE! For about two months. Then it slowly started creeping back in.

Now, nine months post op, I am in constant pain once again. I made an appointment with a different doctor, different facility. She looked over the medical records I had transferred to her and noticed that during the last ultrasound they had found that I had adenomyosis (endometriosis of the uterus). She said, "Didn't they tell you the NovaSure procedure will not help this at all? The pain will only return."  I was flabbergasted and very angry. The doctor who performed the surgery hadn't even TOLD me they had discovered this.

It all boils down to - the only cure for this is a hysterectomy. My heart dropped. I have too much going on this year to have it done. So we decided to try progesterone only pills to try and alleviate the pain until we can schedule my surgery next year. Are they helping? Yes and no. The pain is still there but it is not so bad that I'm blacking out. And I've even had one entire week without pain this month! There is hope!

So...Once again, the race schedule I so carefully planned this year has been placed aside. I am frustrated beyond beliefSo far, we only have one event scheduled - The Mud Games!! I can't wait. We're doing it as a family. Hopefully, my son, fiance and I will hit up a few 5Ks, also, but everything else is on the back burner.

For now, I'm sticking with my eating and training plan so that I will be fit and strong which will help my body recover faster.

Peace & Love!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Happy Star Wars Day!