Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Aches and Pains

So in addition to all my emotional stuff it seems like my endo is back with a vengeance. So much for acupuncture! I started my period last weekend and it was fine at the beginning. Not to heavy, no cramps. But then Sunday hit me like a ton of bricks. It was so painful. The odd thing was that the pain seemed to be centered on my right side. And not low. Higher up close to my navel. I started feeling hot and uncomfortable and took my temperature. 99.7. Not really a fever but close. I started freaking out about possible appendicitis and ended up going to the ER after checking in with the nurse line. And here is where my life starts to resemble a situational comedy.
As we decide to go to the ER, K takes Bailey out to let him pee since we don't know how long we'll be gone. And poor Bailey gets stung by a bee on his left paw. Our poor baby was whining and wailing. Bailey wouldn't let K look at his paw. He let me look, but with my sore belly I couldn't really angle myself to get out the stinger. So K ended up dropping me off at the ER and then took Bails to the vet. It was totally crazy. Poor guy. Poor dog. Poor me. We are such a sorry group.
Well after a pelvic, and a CT scan that somehow took 8 hours to complete, they concluded that the pain was caused by the endometriosis growing on new parts of my abdomen and leaving little pools of blood in various places. Awesome. So now I have internal bleeding. At least with this type of bleeding the body just reabsorbs it somehow so no surgery or anything of the sort will be needed. They sent me home with a prescription of vicoden and a really sore arm (from all the vials of blood they drew and the IV).
Bailey had a much easier time. He did have to wait an hour to be seen, but the vet techs just held him down forcefully and took out the stinger with a tweezer. They didn't even charge K for the service. We had given Bails a benadryl before we left the house so he was a little sleepy and thus easier to deal with. The techs thanked us for that.
So yesterday I explained to my acupuncturist what happened and she is all up in arms about how I really have to cut out sugar and wheat gluten from my diet because these are adding to the endo. And she would like me to do herbs but I can't since I'm on the pill now and Dr. W. does not allow herbs to used at the same time as meds. So I'm going to try this crazy elimination diet to see if the wheat gluten is really a problem. I'm not excited about this. I've already given up shellfish (no big deal for me), dairy (way bigger deal), and chicken (frickin huge deal) and I still have little pools of blood in my belly. All I know is if this stuff doesn't help with the endo pain for my next period at least now I have the vicodin. And all this crazy dieting is going to help me get wicked skinny because what have I got left to eat besides fresh fruits and veggies. Le sigh.


Astrid said...

Wow, when it rains, it pours. So sorry about the chaos. Glad you all pulled through though!

K8e said...

I'm sorry! this is an awful time for you! I hope things starting getting better soon!

Anonymous said...

Ugh, sometimes it really feels like a farce some days, huh? lol. I feel ya. My good friend is trying to have me cut out every single good thing out of my diet to help with endo as well. I already think I eat pretty much do they want us to cut already???

Michelle said...

I am so sorry about all the awful stuff happening lately. I hope things get better for all of you and SOON!!! You are all in my thoughts and prayers!!

iamstacey said...

Wow, that is one insane day! I'm so sorry about the endo. I didn't realize it would do that! Eventually you're going to run out of food to cut out of your diet! I couldn't make it without chicken!

B MoM said...

le sigh is right. make sure you buy a hot bikini for you soon to be hot body!

meinsideout said...

That is horrible - I am so sorry. I hope that the diet changes help - and I am glad you have the vicodin if they do not.

Bella said...

Ugh...endo really sucks. I can't belive they are trying to bansih you to fruits and veggies only...blech!!! I hope that damn emdo leaves you alone soon. ((HUGS)) and feel better.

Anonymous said...

I wish there were a magic potion I could send to make everything better for you guys

Sweet Georgia said...

If it's not one thing it's the other. What a crazy night.

Glad Bailey's ok. Sorry the endo is causing such problems! I hadn't heard of eliminating chicken before. hmph. My naturo is after me to get rid of sugar too. It's so hard to do.

Clio said...

I'm sorry for your sitcom evening... :(
and that your endo is causing you so much trouble in spite of all the acupuncture.
Right now, I'm not the person to say any praises to chinese medicine, since it so absolutely disappointed me with my FSH last year when I was doing everything I was told, herbs, acupuncture, special diets and so much deprivation. So, of course, you can test out and see if cutting gluten for a month will help you. It might. But I wouldn't go crazy folllowing the strict diet so much after that if the pain is the same.
And... so, my dear, we'll be cyclesistas again? :) We are a sorry bunch... but hopefully happier after this next one. :)

Angry Infertile said...

I added you to my reader. Congrats. You should be pregnant very soon.

Sorry about your dog and endo trip. Sux!!!!!

the Babychaser: said...

God, that really sucks. My surgeon found a little endo on my ovaries when I had my myomectomy, but he zapped it out. Now I'm thinking I've been really lucky.

I hope the diet stuff helps. One problem with alternative medicine practitioners is that you're often left feeling like there's just one more thing you really should be doing. Can get really expensive and frustrating.

Hang in there. Life really blows sometimes.

Jill said...

Wow-you're really going through a lot right now. So sorry!

I would be leary of the acupuncturist recommendations and run eveything by your Dr. first.

kerri said...

wow! my acupuncturist recommended the same thing, but it is SO hard for me to give up dairy and sugar... i've cut back but i can't completely cut it out... i hope you get to feeling better soon!

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