Sunday, October 20, 2002

Health update

I saw a gynecologist for the first time since seeing the surgeon last summer. The surgeon had told me that the pain would go away, especially as they removed all the endo (basically that it was all in my head). On examination, it seems that the endo has grown back on the lower left ligaments - it didn't move freely and was horribly painful. The gynecologist specialises in endo, and does surgery. The only time she doesn't remove endo is when it is on the bowel (requires a bowel surgeon).

So.... a laparoscopy is scheduled for next February, and before then I need to find out whether I have 2 whole ureters on the left, or whether they fuse halfway down (which is more common). This is just so the gyno can make sure she looks for 2 or not when she is cutting things out. She also said to stay on the pill and not have a period unless I break through bleed. The bloating is most likely to do with my digestion. Speaking of digestion, my colonoscopy is scheduled for 20th November.

Various digestion tests with different types of dairy have been bad. Normal dairy causes severe cramping if I eat more than a small amount. Organic dairy has the same reaction. The next and final test is lactose free, but I want to get over the previous reaction first. Goat's and Sheep's cheese seems to be fine, but I never have that much of it to tell. Other than that, I'm reduced to having soy and rice milk, and can't have my favourite alcoholic drink - Baileys!

I've discovered that ponstan/nurofen and those types of pain killers all contain anti-inflammatory drugs, which means I can't have them, ever. Not that at such a low strength they ever did anything for me.

Every doctor/psych/specialist has ganged up on me, and said I should join the gym. But the gym wants me to do a physio assessment of my back (sciatica) before they let me join. I'm not sure yet when/if I'll join as it is a lot of money at the start (physio/joining fee/fitness assessment/program design). However, I'll take it slowly and see when is the best time. Taking a week off work at the moment, as I had to work full time when Debbie was away (wasn't expecting too, but the students who were missing classes took up the rest of my time - Deb normally deals with these). So hopefully I'll get over my current (4 week) sinus virus, and get some rest.

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