All Clear (at least that is how it looked)!

by Kathy on February 25, 2011 · 11 comments

in Decisions, Fear, My Ovaries, Pain, Ultrasounds

My ultrasound (u/s) was clear! My left ovary and uterus looked fine. The u/s tech said one of the doctors will follow up with me after reviewing the u/s pictures, but he didn’t SEE anything to be concerned about. That still doesn’t explain my pain, but he did not see any cysts or tumors. I am pleased that this at least seems to rule out a lot of things that were concerning me. The u/s tech did say that if the pain continues I would I have to decide at some point “how far I want to take this” in terms of trying to find out the source or explanation.

As an aside, it ended up being a regular abdominal ultrasound vs. a trans vaginal, even though I was told it would be trans vaginal. In retrospect it makes sense to me that is what was done, as I now recall that you need a full bladder for the first and not the latter. I did survive the 1 hour and almost 45 minutes that I ended up having to hold the 32 oz. of water that I had consumed in my bladder, but it was not easy.

So for now I will wait to hear from the doctor while I hope and pray the pain goes away (and take some ibuprofen). I am very relieved that at least it didn’t LOOK like anything. But I am still a bit frustrated that it FEELS like something, since I am still experiencing significant pain 24 hours since it began. Time will tell…

Thank you for your kind words, thoughts and prayers.

Update (Saturday, 2/26/11 at 8:15 p.m.): I was still in pain this morning. So I touched base with my OB/GYN’s office and they didn’t have any answers for me. They just suggested I take Motrin and that hopefully the discomfort will go away soon. They said if I am still in pain in a few weeks to touch base with them. That wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but I will try to roll with it for now. Though as of now (Saturday night) I am still in pain, it is more of a dull ache/crampiness, whereas before it was more of a sharp/stabbing pain. So that is improvement and I hoping that I am transitioning into some “regular” PMS cramping. Thanks again for all of your care and concern. Though I still don’t know why I have been in pain, I do find a lot of comfort that the u/s was clear which likely rules out most of the things I was worried about.

Update (Monday, 2/28/11 at 11:45 a.m.): I am pleased to share that as of sometime mid-day yesterday, my pain subsided for the most part. I may never know what caused it or why it lasted as long as it did, but I am glad that it is over, at least for now. I felt up to returning to exercise class this morning (even though I managed to develop a bad cold) and it felt good to be there and get some cardio in. I am happy to report that I felt little to no pain in my left ovary during class or since. Yay! Thanks again for all of your thoughts, prayers, care and concern.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stacey February 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Just checking in on you to see how it went today. So glad to hear it looks ok, but frustrating as to why you still have pain…Hope it goes away soon!


2 Kathy February 25, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Thank you Stacey! That was so thoughtful of you to check in. 🙂

I am perplexed that the pain is still here almost 36 hours since it began yesterday. But I am trying to be patient and will likely call my OB/GYN's office in the morning (they have Saturday office hours) if it is still bothering me this much when I wake up. I thought I might hear from one of the doctors this afternoon, but no such luck.


3 Knock knock - it's cancer! February 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I am soo happy to hear that! I have been wondering about this all day … I was out until now (from the time I wrote my first comment to you this morning) doing medical stuff.

Ugh. I'm tired.

I'm so glad for you Kathy. Really truly.


4 Kathy February 26, 2011 at 8:12 am

Thank you Michelle!

I hope you got a good night's sleep. Looking forward to hearing about yesterday. I LOVE the pictures you posted of you in your new shirt and fake bbs! You could definitely be a breast cancer model (if there is/was such a thing). You know that I mean this in good fun. Hope you are hanging in there with the big decisions you are having to make. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


5 Knock knock - it's cancer! February 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

Me … a model? Sweet. If only it didn't have the 'cancer' word in front of it huh? hahah


6 embracingtherain February 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I hope your pain was gone this morning and if it wasn't I hope you were able to get some info/help from your OB-GYN's office.


7 Kathy February 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Michelle (from Knock, Knock) – I think you would make a great model regardless of your having cancer. (((HUGS))) I just said that because of the shirt you were wearing in the pics. 😉

Michelle (from Embracing) – Thank you. The pain wasn't gone this morning. I did touch base with my OB/GYN's office and they didn't have any answers for me. They just suggested I take Motrin and that hopefully the discomfort will go away soon. They said if I am still in pain in a few weeks to touch base with them. That wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but I will try to roll with it for now.


8 Knock knock - it's cancer! February 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

What a cop out when dr's say 'see how it is in a few weeks' … REALLY? YOU try and live with pain day in and out for a few weeks. And pain killers just mask the problems not fix them. (Although I do think you may benefit from pain relief) I just hate when drs say this type of thing.

Thinking of you.

PS – I have a feeling you think I was offended by the 'poster girl' comment – I SO was not. Hahha. I take the compliment in the spirit it was given 🙂

PS – the way we 'met' may not have been through the most pleasant of all ways but I cherish your friendship, and it feels real to me, even if we haven't met. I think of you and your family many times throughout the day 🙂


9 Kathy February 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I know, I know! I was not pleased with the "answers," but also wasn't really prepared to ask any more questions. Thankfully, my ovary is actually feeling a lot better today. So I am hoping whatever that was is over. Thank you for your thoughts Michelle.

You crack me up with your PSs, I am a PS girl too! 😉

RE: PS #1 – I wasn't sure if you were offended. I didn't think so, but wanted to be sure you knew I had good intentions, that I was trying to be a bit funny (doesn't always work for me) and pay you a genuine compliment. 🙂

RE: PS #2 – Ditto! The feeling is mutual!(((HUGS)))


10 loribeth March 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I'm reading this chronologically, so I don't know if you've updated again, but I hope you're feeling better now. Since infertility, I've become very attuned to what's happening "down there" & some months (some more than others) I have a lot of crampiness & general abdominal discomfort right around ovulation time. Motrin helps sometimes, but not always. :p At least there's usually a pattern to it. If it was persistent for a long time, I would be more worried.


11 Kathy March 7, 2011 at 7:41 am

Thank you Loribeth. I have been feeling a lot better and am hoping my period (which I am at the tail end of now) will clean things out a bit and hopefully this new cycle I will feel back to normal. It is interesting how in tune with our bodies dealing with infertility can lead us to become.


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