I have been having chronic, non-cyclic, unexplained pain in my right ovary for the last 18 months, which has gotten worse in the last 6 months. My gynaecologist back home thinks it's little cysts that probably burst or vanish on their own. But there's no proof of this, so I'm starting from scratch since I'm now living in Wales. I'm covered by the NHS so insurance isn't an issue and neither is medical access.
So far this year I have had... two or three pelvic exams? I had a regular well woman one, I believe the doctor who removed my copper IUD also did one, and then I had ANOTHER at the end of August when I got checked for STIs.
I am definitely not pregnant; my latest period just finished a week ago. My periods are regular although there has been some funky timing since having the IUD removed: August was a week early, September was a week late and October was three days late. November was bang on, but lasted a long time with a break in the middle.
I have also recently had an abdominal and transvaginal ultrasound to check for cysts, which turned up nothing, but they messed up and told me the wrong instructions- I should have had a full bladder but they told me not to drink anything so maybe it wasn't accurate. I'll have to rebook, in that case.
I had the IUD removed to see if that would eliminate the source of the pain- it didn't. Now I regret getting it removed because I loved it, it was the best form of BC for me. I'm going to get a new one once all this is over.
I had the STI test because I slept with a rebound guy in August who turned out to be a creepster, so I thought I would cover all bases. It was negative. I have never tested positive for anything.
VP, I need to know what you think I should do next!! I am SO FRUSTRATED. On top of this pain which WILL NOT go away (it is bad today, and the pain almost travels down my right leg, and I am not a happy bunny), I am having major issues with depression/sleep/weight fluctuations (I have lost a stone in two months, that is 14 pounds, with no explanation).
I do plan to get my thyroid checked because I am at the point where I am either going to try HBC or antidepressants to get me out of this HOLE. But I want to rule out thyroid concerns as a possible cause of the depression I find myself ensconced in, since HBC can faff with your thyroid levels and I don't want to use antidepressants for the wrong condition. Also, I have been diagnosed with PMDD since 2006, which means that HBC could be great or terrible; antidepressants have helped in the past but I am currently on no medication for anything whatsoever. I wasn't kidding when I said I was starting from scratch.
I am really upset and miserable that no cause or solution seems anywhere in sight... I was hoping they would find cysts and that would be the magic bullet that would allow this to be treated and stop hurting, but on top of physical pain I am not in a good place headology-wise, either, and I have a big thesis deadline at the end of January that I would like to exceed, not barely meet. Wah. Help.