So I went back to the doctor once again on Friday. They are really starting to love me around that place. I had a follow up appointment scheduled for this coming Friday, but was just so miserable with pain on my left side that I moved it up a week. They did another ultrasound and found that the cyst on my left side is now 2.5cm (not that much bigger than it was three weeks ago) and that now it looks like a "complex cyst", meaning that it has it's own blood supply. According to the ultrasound tech, that basically means that it is must likely not a classic cyst but a bundle of endometriosis. I asked if if a 2.5cm bundle of endo can spring up in the matter of eight weeks and she looked at me, then pointed to the screen. Right.
So, I will spare you the details on how much I cried (lots). But the final decision by me and the doc is to just go back in and take out my left ovary and tube. Good old trusty righty should be able to keep my hormones regulated on it's own, so I should be okay with one. My doctor said that when he decided to leave the left ovary two months ago it didn't look great, but he thought it would heal. Clearly that isn't happening. He said with a cyst like this, there is really nothing else they can do for it that will get rid of it. That medicines and the IUD should help with my normal endometriosis and my periods, but that this cyst has taken on a life of it's own. So... out it goes. And with it the ovary that seems to love growing cysts to keep it company.
He was also really nice and talked about how long he has known me (like 15 years) and that if I am telling them I am in this much pain, that he knows it must be awful. And you all, it is. It is awful. And I am so tired of complaining about it, and I am so tired of FEELING it. It has been truly terrible and I am just so ready for it to be done.
So Thursday I go back in to surgery for the second time in two months. He is hoping to take out the ovary and the tube laporascopically, but if he can't then I will have to be admitted. For now we are hoping for an out patient deal and I will be home that night. I am just praying that once it's gone, the pain will finally (FINALLY) go away.
**Many of you may be asking why in the heck I am not just having a full hysterectomy and being done with this entire nasty business. GOOD QUESTION! There several reasons. One being that a full hysterectomy with both ovaries at the age of 32 does a real number on your body hormonally. I would have to choose between hormone replacement therapies, which are not great for you, especially if you are on them for a very long time like I would be, or having extreme onset menopause. I won't go in to it all, but there are side effects from either option I would like to avoid.
Also, if I had a hysterectomy I would need to take six weeks off work, and would not be suppose to pick up Henry for that six weeks. That is just not possible right now. Five years from now, yes, but not now. So this is the answer that works best for me. It isn't so I can have another baby. I know that is not in the cards for us. But hopefully with the IUD and this troublesome ovary out of the way I can buy myself some time. The doctor seems to think I can. He thinks this is the right step. And I am really hoping he is right.