Just when my health and wellness goals were really on-track and I was feeling pretty fantastic in body and mind, my body decided it was going to shake things up with a sudden health issue. But after this health scare, I learned that I was right all along to trust my instincts about my body.
The first indication that something might be wrong was during a mundane afternoon at the office. It was about 3:00 and I suddenly felt a twinge in my stomach. It wasn’t the kind of ache that made me sound the alarms, but more, “Did I eat something bad?” I shook it off, but was still feeling bad enough the next day to cancel lunch plans with friends. I called my OB/GYN and they told me sometimes women have cramps without bleeding.
The next two days, I felt awful cramping pains very similar to menstrual cramps, though I wasn’t on my period. In the middle of the night, I would wake to excruciating pains on par with childbirth. I knew something wasn’t right but couldn’t bring myself to actually go to the ER.
I called my doctor’s office first thing Monday morning. I felt that unless I was really adamant about my pain and that something was wrong, they wouldn’t get me an appointment that day. I was persistent and got an appointment, where an ultrasound revealed that I had one cyst on my ovary, and one cyst that had already ruptured. I was prescribed a high-dose BCP and went home with hopes that I would feel better in a couple of days. That was not the case.
For the next two evenings, the excruciating pains kept coming back, nearly sending me to the ER both times. Just when I thought I couldn’t withstand the pains any longer, they would subside enough for me to fall back asleep. The only things that got me through that pain were a heating pad, hot baths with Epson salts, and honestly, a lot of love and support.
By Wednesday, I hadn’t worked all week and called an overloaded OB/GYN office begging for help. Again, if I wasn’t persistent, odds are they wouldn’t have gotten to me as quickly – not because they don’t care, but because they had been so busy. Finally, they told me to come in first thing the next morning to be re-examined.
The end result? After my second exam and a review of my ultrasound by another physician, it was determined that immediate surgery was best in order to take care of the situation.
I am a remarkably healthy girl, so this health issue blindsided me and my family. However, because I listed to my body and advocated for the care I knew I needed, I believe I got help sooner rather than later. The lesson here is to listen to your body! You usually know best what it needs.