If I only had a penis….

It’s true.  Anyone who knows me would say that I hate being female.  Granted, I am a tomboy and always have been.  It’s not the clothes I hate or the makeup.  While doing my hair is a pain, again, I don’t mind it so much.

What I hate about being female is my uterus and how many gynecologists blow off the symptoms I give them as being nothing.  In all fairness, many doctors do this, but lately it’s the gynoes that have me up in arms.

I’ve had female problems my entire life, mostly just that I bleed like a stuck pig and my period hangs around for too long, sometimes 12 days at a time.  For years I’ve had docs tell me that if I lost weight I’d be fine.  Which I listen to even when I don’t believe it.  You see, I used to be thin and still had these issues, but no one wants to listen to that.  When they see an obese woman walk in the door, she may as well sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher for all the good opening her mouth does.  Such is my experience.

Around Easter, however I did work gradually up to this, I started having pain on the right side of my pelvis.  I couldn’t sit without rocking.  I couldn’t stand.  I couldn’t lay down.  Nothing relieved the pain.  When I lay in bed at night, on my stomach, it felt like I had a rock in my belly.  Driving hurt.  Driving over bumps really hurt.  Sneezing hurt. Peeing felt like my guts were going to fall out.  Sex hurt and there was bleeding afterward.  I’d almost swear looking at me hurt.

Off to my gyno I went.

In the beginning, he was an awesome doc.  He, after 28 years of complaining to multiple doctors, finally diagnosed me with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), which, while incorrectly named, is an endocrine disorder.  Basically, none of the hormones in my body do the job they are supposed to do.  He gave me metformin and my life has been so much better.

I expected much more understanding than I got this past spring.  He gave me a prescription for Motrin and said take this for three months and see what it does.  I was unimpressed because I was taking Motrin at home before this and it did nothing.  When I brought this up he said, “But this is prescription strength.”  Having no faith that it would work, but realizing that I don’t know my butt from a hole in the ground when it comes to doctoring, I took my medicine like a good little girl.

And it didn’t work.

When I talked to him about the bleeding after sex he said, “Well, I think you and your husband should slow down and take your time.  You are 40, these things take time now.”  Again, I’m no doctor.  I did what I was told and was sent home with orders for an ultrasound if I thought I needed it.

And it didn’t work.

My hubby and I had sex two days after my period stopped and he looked like I sacrificed an animal on him.  Not exactly the romantic after-glow we were going for.  It became clear that the ultrasound was definitely needed.

Last week, I went in to get my results.

“Well, Mrs. Gargasz, you have many problems.”

No, shit.

“From what we can see, you have nabothian cysts on your cervix, one of which is very large.”

At this point my geeky brain was thinking he was talking about some bizarre planet on Star Wars or something.

“But the other problem is a fibroid tumor on your right side.  We also can’t rule out endometriosis.”

After a moment of quiet reflection I said, “So what do we do from here?”

“Well, you need to lose weight and come back and see me in a month.”

????????????

Yes, friends, this is where quiet, mild-mannered Miranda turned into hysterical, blubbering mess.

Lose weight?  THAT’S what we do? I thought.  Is he expecting the miracle of all weight loss stories between now and Labor Day?

“Doc, I’ve been on Weight Watchers for over a year.  I exercise at the Y eight to ten hours a week.  The Motrin is killing my stomach and my appetite. The scale is going nowhere fast.”

“Well, we need to do some watchful waiting, have you continue the Motrin and see how things are from there.  Losing weight will help because overweight women produce too much estrogen which feeds the fibroids.”

“Um, you see me.  You KNOW I’ve been struggling to lose weight. I just told you I’m not losing despite my best efforts.  My rings are beginning to spin around my fingers but my pants are getting tighter.  That has nothing to do with the inflammation and growth of the fibroid?”

“Again we have to just watch and wait.”

Then I got even more hysterical.  And pissed.

“Wait a minute.  The Motrin I’m taking is ridiculous.  I may as well take chocolate because at least I like the taste of that!  Watchful waiting?  What have we been doing since April?  It’s August, almost September.  Watchful? Waiting?  Are you kidding me?  I have two young boys to raise.  I cannot be in bed two weeks out of every month, unable to even walk because of the pain I’m in. I don’t mean to be rude, but that is not an acceptable answer.  You know why?  I’m pretty sure if a doctor told you that you have a benign tumor on your penis and large cysts on your testicles, you’d be in here tomorrow removing that shit.  I’m positive if you couldn’t have sex anymore because it hurt and caused you to bleed–not just a little because of the dryness you suspected, but ALL OVER your partner, like serial killer amounts– you’d have found a cure fucking yesterday.”

His eyes grew too big for his head, I was ushered out of his office and given an appointment in a month.  I was also told to bring my husband with me.

So, I’m going to watch and wait.  I’m also going to write a diary of every day this month with what I eat, how I feel, the level of my pain and every damn gas pain I have.

If my next appointment includes the words “watchful” and “waiting” I’m going to lose my damn mind.

And search for a new doctor.

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10 thoughts on “If I only had a penis….

  1. Nicole Mariano says:

    I would look for a specialist who looks at thyroid disorders. I had similar issues and found an amazing endocrinologist who has truly helped me.

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  2. Lighty says:

    Your doctor should be shot. I’ve PCOS, though not nearly as bad as your seems to be. Once I got the right dose of glucofage and the right BCP, I lost 20 lb with no change in behavior and the many “lovely” symptoms are gone/reduced. Stop killing your digestion and see a doctor who knows how to treat pco! (btw I also went off processed foods and most carbs, and that’s helped my moods and body issues, so if you haven’t yet, try that!)
    Good luck!

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  3. Lauren says:

    Hello, I am sorry to hear about your doctors ignorance or inability to really figure this out with you. I had problems and the doctor I have now that helped truly helped is amazing her name is dr. Cedar Finkle-Weaver and she is at the three tree women’s clinic near Seattle wa. I have her number if you need it. If you aren’t able to see her definitely get in to someone new now. My heart and prayers are with you

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    • Miranda Gargasz says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. It’s just ridiculous that we have to doctor shop to get the care we deserve. Don’t you think? If I lived closer to Seattle I would definitely take you up on your suggestion.

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  4. Bad touch Bear says:

    That doctor of yours just pissed me off!
    “Bring your husband with you!”
    Do you know what that really means? It means he no longer finds you emotionally stable enough to talk to. When I’m engaging in conversation with others and I have Mike with me (male and 6 foot), even though I am the one paying for something or the person who started the conversation – they talk to him and in some cases OVER me.

    Male doctors find other males more credible and more reliable than women; even some female doctors behave this way. Ugh, I need to calm down and type with intelligence – also “Overweight women produce too much estrogen which feeds the fibroids.”

    Is this REALLY true? Cause I have a slight testosterone imbalance and I’m overweight. I can say one thing, you have balls going to a male ob gyn!

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    • Miranda Gargasz says:

      I share your anger. Trust me. Sadly, though, I’ve had female ob’s that were just as cold and refused to listen also. They were more interested in giving me pills or IUD’s that I couldn’t afford ($800 dollars!!!!!!!!). I totally get the way you’re treated by males. I’m a naturally quiet person and I get talked over most of the time that my husband is present. It pisses me off to no end.

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