Thou Shalt Get A 2nd Opinion

Medicine

Modern day medicine is awesome. And because of it, miracles are performed daily. However, when it comes to finding a diagnosis or treatment plan for whatever ails you, a person can find themselves falling through the cracks. I should know, because that’s what happened to me.

Over the last few years, I’ve been struggling with a condition called uterine fibroids. In case you are not familiar, uterine fibroids “are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years.” mayoclinic

I’m not going to get into too much detail about this experience other than to say, that these things can wreak havoc with a woman’s reproductive system. And make life painful and frustrating.

So, why am I sharing this experience?  I’m sharing it because I had a doctor who told me that my fibroids were “nothing to worry about”.  And to be fair, when I was first diagnosed, 6 years ago, her claim was true.  However, most doctors employ a method called “watchful waiting, which include doing yearly tests to see if/how the fibroids are growing.  Unfortunately, in my case, my doctor was just waiting.

So about 2 years ago, I started to notice that my stomach was getting larger. At first I thought my growing girth was the result of a declining metabolism, but then I started to notice that my stomach was actually sloped and becoming rock hard even as it got bigger. In fact it was getting so large, I thought about buying maternity clothes, since I couldn’t stay in a pant size. In addition, I found myself becoming increasingly lethargic and needing to make frequent trips to the restroom. (Fibroids push on your bladder.)

Long story short, because of my increasing symptoms and my then gynecologist’s indifference, I started shopping around for a different doctor.  I even traveled to a different city (4 hours away) to find a specialist.

After a lot of prayer and research, I found my current doctor (in the city where I live) and was able to have a myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids) a few weeks ago.  It turns out my “nothing to worry about” was actually something to worry about. My current doctor ended up removing 24 fibroid tumors of varying sizes. 

So, the moral of the story is… if you find yourself in a medical situation and you think something is up, but your doctor doesn’t, don’t hesitate to get a 2nd opinion.  No one is infallible and it’s possible that the doctor, you are seeing, is not skilled in your specific health issue.

Either way, there’s no harm done. Getting a 2nd opinion will either confirm your suspicions (which could provide an opportunity for treatment) or it may confirm that there really is “nothing to worry about”.

-Stay healthy 🙂

CS Woman

Ps. I’m glad I had a myomectomy and my recovery is going well thanks to the help of my amazing family, friends, and doctor.

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