Fibroids? PCOS? No one ever told me what the cysts are so I don't know how to treat them.
by Sherri Britton
I never dilated even when induced on the 3rd day of regular contractions. This has always concerned me. This then resulted in a c-section, 14 ago, and another for my second child 12 yrs ago. (Breastfed 1st for 1yr-ending after 1mo of pregnancy w my second child, 2nd for 1mo.) I was under terrible stress since my oldest never slept thru the night for 5 years, because we have learned recently she was lactose intolerant even tho Dr. as a baby said it was because I was spoiling her..it will take me a while to forgive this. Since my second child my periods were only every other month for approximately 2 yrs. I assumed stress but went to my ob/gyn who said not a real big deal but did ultrasound and found some small fibroids...she did D&C. When she quickly reviewed what she took out she said they were not really what you call fibroids but were some kind of fibroid-type cysts nothing to worry about (in a casual way that said she had no idea what they were but not cancer). It wasn't long before periods got regular again. Then back to heavy like before having kids and gradually heavier. Yea. Around this time i started taking antidepressants. About 4 yrs later began getting small clots regularly in period. Then at work on weekend nearly went to ER because of debilitating pain that started in right side. But dealt w pain til subsided after several minutes because ER is so expensive. Monday got in to my nurse practitioner who immediately ordered me to have ultrasound and blood work. Ultrasound showed cysts rupturing all over UTERUS and ovaries. Looked like waterfalls coming off of them. One was especially large. I was not bleeding at any point during all this. The tech couldn't say much but was seeming to hold back small amount of surprise by the number of cysts. She calmed me (I wasn't that upset, more intrigued) by telling me it isn't the worst thing she has seen but seemed just as curious as I was. I went back to RNP later in week who told me it didn't look like anything to be worried about but that I had cyst rupturing that certainly can cause severe pain. I was on cymbalta for anxiety/depression that I now can see was mostly from lack of sleep. She told me a side effect from this is cysts on female organs. (Wasnt on antidepressants when had D&C yrs earlier... ???) She switched me to Zoloft and put me on the pill which i couldn't tolerate (headaches, zero energy, breakthru bleeding w more cramps). I quickly stopped the pill. The problem now is years later I am sure i still have cysts and the clots have now become constant thru each period often the size of golf ball or egg that I know are coming because I have horrible cramps in the exact same way I had contractions. I know I need to have a gynecologist or endocrinologists help but I can not afford it. Now that I'm reading about progesterone I feel sure it has something to do with all this but I can't put it all together to know what to do to start. How much? How often? Is it the right thing at all?
These are boring details of my life that may have no bearing on the problem but in case they do I didn't want to leave out anything. Thanks in advance for your help.