I saw my surgeon as a general follow up after my laparoscopy.
I couldn’t believe how nervous I was seeing him again. I was a little afraid about what he’d say when I told him that I’ve started taking anti-depressants. I can’t help but feel slightly terrified when I mention this to people for fear that I’ll be judged badly…
The appointment itself went well. I took a list and told him that I’d been feeling down since the surgery, I’ve been prescribed the happy pills and I’m still in pain in my lower right abdomen since the surgery. He did say that my hormones would be down a bit after the surgery – particularly after all the drilling he did on my right ovary to remove a deep endometrium (which explains the lower-right abdominal pain!).
I saw photos of my inner workings and I was surprised at what endometriosis looks like. After all that pain I half expected a large hedgehog or porcupine-type beasty with lots of sharp scary teeth but I thought it looked like inner pimples. The one on my ovary did look scarier to me but I was assured that it only looked scary but is now removed.
He told me that I need to stop taking all my HRT, Metformin and IBS medication. He told me that my HRT is feeding my endometriosis and the Birth Control Pill I’m on has enough oestrogen to keep my PCOS at bay entirely. Indeed, he said that I shouldn’t ever have PCOS symptoms if I’m on the Pill. He claims that PCOS doesn’t exist if I’m not ovulating. Well, I know that’s not true because even now I’ve got lots of extra oestrogen coming into my system and I’m still growing hair in places a lady doesn’t want dark, manly hair. YUK! Taking this into consideration I’m considering totally disregarding part of his advice.
However, with regard to diminishing the IBS medication, he thinks that the endometriosis has been irritating my bowels all this time. Once I settle down I can take less and less of this. I started taking the IBS medication when my bowel had become twisted in two places and I’ve not stopped taking it since. I’ve found it so hard to tell what has been the cause of the pain that I’ve been taking the medication without thinking why or even if it all works.
The only thing that I can take more of is my Birth Control Pill. The doc said that I can have a period only once every nine weeks rather than once a month. It certainly sounds better than struggling once a month! The only issue with this was how I broke the news to Helios that he was going to have a week off only once every nine weeks instead of once a month. Well, I mentioned this to him last night and he didn’t seem that unhappy… Lucky me!