Well, I have to say that my doctor’s appointment went well. My doctor is an amazing man and I truly respect him. He first gave me the diagnosis and explained what it meant. Adenomyosis and fibroids. I already knew about fibroids as I have had problems in the past. The adenomyosis I had never heard of and had to ask a number of questions. It is when cells from the endometrial lining of the uterus embed themselves into the uterin muscle. The fibroids are causing the heavy bleeding and the adenomyosis is causing the pain. There is no long term or fatal conclusions to either one.
My treatment options are varied. I can go on the birth control pill to control the bleeding, but it won’t stop the pain. I could have a DNC (removes the lining of the uterus) to help with bleeding but there is no guarantee that it will lessen the pain. Finally, a hysterectomy which is the only option that will take care of both symptoms without question. They would leave my ovaries so as not to put me directly into menopause. Apparently, symptoms of adenomyosis go away after menopause, but being only 34, that is a long way off.
My doctor is not pressuring me in any direction. He was so patient with all my questions and offered to make a list of doctors to get a second opinion. He told me that as a man, he didn’t experience what I was experiencing so it was up to me and how much pain/discomfort I want to put up with. He also feels that while this diagnosis is not the main cause of my increasing battle with depression, it hasn’t helped any.
So now I have a decision to make. After the raging fight I had with my husband, he hasn’t offered any advice. And I don’t know that I want him to. But at the same time, I do. He is so frustrating!
I am currently drinking a large quantity of beer. No, it will not help things. Yes, my issues will still be there tomorrow. Right now, I need to be numb. I can’t process what the doctor has told me and the disappointment I feel about my husband. It is too much right now. I will deal with it tomorrow.