Saturday, August 23, 2008

I So Hate My Uterus and Ovaries Right Now


I am really hating my uterus and ovaries right now. I'm not really into sharing things that are really personal but, I don't mind sharing this because I know a lot of women suffer from this. I happen to have a cyst on my left ovary, which causes me to have very painful periods and even now I have cramping when I'm not even on my cycle. It's very frustrating and irritating. Before I even knew that I had a cyst I complained to my general physician about my cramping and he put me on Naproxen. Naproxen didn't work at all. I found myself taking like 2-3 pills at a time and it still didn't help. I would spend days in bed because of the pain. I eventually found out that Naproxen had given me an ulcer and I could no longer take it. So I went to OBGYN begging her to do everything that she needed to do to find out why my cramps were so severe. I also informed her that my mother had tons of cysts and fibroid tumors on her uterus that were so bad she had to get a hysterectomy. I also informed her that a cousin of mine had ovarian cancer at 16 year old so I was very worried and scared. My OBGYN scheduled me for an ultrasound. That's when I found out that I had a cyst on my left ovary. When I found out that I had the cyst my OBGYN immediately put me on birth control to reduce the cramps, and the possibilities of growing more cysts. The birth control that I was first on was Lo-Estren. I'm not sure if I'm spelling it right but, it worked wonders as far as cramping. My cramps had ceased completely while I was on Lo-Estren. My periods were also very light and I was loving it. The only problem was that I couldn't handle the side effects. Almost everyday I was feeling nauseated. I had headaches and a number of other problems so I asked my OBGYN to switch my pills. She then put me on Yaz. I'm still on it. Yaz isn't doing a damn thing for me. I have cramps and each month their worse and worse. I hadn't had any cramps when I wasn't on my cycle until I was on Yaz. So I'm like randomly having cramps throughout the month. My cycles are regular and too heavy for me to be on birth control. Now, I want my OBGYN to switch my birth control again. I'm a little worried about switching birth control numerous time but, I absolutely can NOT go through this severe cramping again. Now I am aware that for some odd reason ovarian cysts and fibroid tumors are very prevalent in Black women. So far there has been no research done that has proved why. I was also listening to Monique's radio show the other day and cysts and fibroids were the topic. She had her OBGYN on the line and she also stated she had no idea why this is so prevalent in Black women. I would like to why is it prevalent in women period and especially Black women. Now I know nothing about conducting medical surveys but, I would like to do some research and try find out something. I would like to know if this can be linked to food that we eat because what we eat actually does play a huge part in a lot of things that is wrong with us. I would also like to know if this can be linked to things we are breathing in the air. Maybe it's products we use on our hair. I don't know but, I'd like know why. BTW, the pictures are just random pictures I found on the internet they aren't pictures of my uterus. I hope mine doesn't look like that. I feel sorry for women whose uterus does look like that.

16 comments:

F.U. said...

Well, daayum. I am so sorry you have to deal with this mess, Glennisha! Can you just have the cysts removed or would that just cause even more pain and drama?

I hope you find relief however you can get it.

skinnyblackgirl said...

Female reproductive organs are highly overrated. Until you're ready to drop kids, the damn things are more of a nuisance than anything else. I too hope that you feel better soon.I'm cursing Eve just for you!

Glennisha Morgan said...

F.U.-Well my OBGYN said that the last resort would be to have the cysts removed if I can no longer bare the pain but, honey I am scarrrryy! I'm not letting them cut me not at 22 at least. I'm scared of surgery and stuff. Thanks

Skinny- Exactly! You're right. Until we begin to have kids their just annoying. Thanks.

allie said...

Best of luck to you girl. I've had two myomectomies (surgical removal of fibroids)and I still have extreme cramps and STILL have fibroids (unfortunately all of them could not be removed). I refused to have a hysterectomy when I was diagnosed with fibroids at 34 years of age, elected instead to have them removed. Then some fourteen years later (at 47) I had to have surgery again. But I wanted to add this comment. I saw a female doctor (don't remember her name)on Oprah talking about possible origin of fibroids in women. She speculated that fibroids may be the physical result of emotional pain/stress that many black women are under. She thinks that holding in the stress or holding back feelings may be the cause. Thoughts?

Glennisha Morgan said...

You know what. I've heard that before too. I've also heard that stress, unforgiveness, grudges and such cause high blood pressure, heart attacks, and numerous other health issues.It is proven that stress can cause things such as ulcers, headaches, etc. but, as far as fibroid tumors and cysts. I don't know. I think it may have something more to do with what we're eating, and possibly some of the many products that we use. I'm also wondering if exercise has anything to do with it?

Lady A said...

I would like to know why the OBGYN's answer to every female problem is birth control, as if that does not carry enough problems of its own. Anyone else get annoyed when the doctor is always trying to put them on birth control or is it just me?

Glennisha Morgan said...

That's true. Birth control cause blot clots, cancer, and other problems. I swear before I started on it I was reading the side effects like WTF?

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Chelsea Leis said...

It is a good idea if you consider visiting your gynecologist again to air your concerns. Ask him/her what your options are. After that, the decision is yours. A life of chronic pain can affect your day-to-day activities. It can even affect your personal relationships.

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