Monday, 3 November 2014

Anybody for a game of tennis?

As you know I have been suffering some severe pain over the last ehm... six months now. At first it was thought that it might have something to do with muscles and stuff and lack of excercise. Until the pain moved from my leg to my lower belly. From where it spread to my hips (especially my right) and back and upper leg. 

So, I went back to the doctor and she ordered an MRI-scan of my lower body. That happened two weeks ago. The result was due four working days later. But when I called last week: nothing! Annoying to say the least. By this time I was taking between two and three doses of painkillers a day. I decided enough was enough. 

After looking at my schedule I decided this Monday (ie today) would be a good day for me to see my gp again. (see how I still put work first). The other decision I took was one I regretted almost immediately, but once taken I wasn't going to untake it until I was told otherwise. It concerned taking the painkillers, or more to the point: the not taking painkillers!

This time I didn't have to wait that long. I had expected to sit in that waiting room for about an hour or more, but I guess it was no more than about 15 minutes before it was my turn. The results of the scan were in as well. 

My spine is showing some sign of wear and tear, but no worse than is to be expected in a person of a certain age. So that was nothing to be worried about. My hip bones and stuff also looked as fine as could be expected. 

However (and here's where the tennis comes in), the scan did show a growth ON my uterus. About the size of a tennisball. The thing is though: the person 'reading' the scan couldn't make out what it was. He doubted that it was a tumor or anything else malignant, but he couldn't be certain. Plus there was a small growth in my uterus, but that is quite normal my gp told me. However, it could cause menstral cramps. 

Well, uterus, growth inside and out and a lot of pain? Guess where I will be heading next, urgently! Yes, I will be seeing a gynaecologist within the next three weeks to determine what the unknown growth is and whether that is the root of all my aches and pains. And once determined, what will be the next course of action. So, now I know. Sort of. 

And on the subject of painkillers: I am to continue taking the pills I have been taking lately. Doctor's orders.

Update: I have just learned that several members on the paternal side of my family have had problems with myomas and have had to have a hysterectomy as a result. Which at least removes more worry for me!


  1. Hari OM=
    ...that's sounding like ENDOMETRIOSIS; surprisingly common and downright annoying for us ladies. It makes some sense given other symptoms I am aware of in your picture. Here's to an imminent diagnosis of something eminently treatable!!! YAM xx

  2. Ik wens je het allerbeste. Nu maar hopen dat het allemaal nog meevalt. Je maakt je natuurlijk wel zorgen. Hoe gaat het met je Noors? Ben je al vloeiend?

  3. Well I'm glad you have an answer and no doubt that is where your pain is coming from. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Here is wishing you the best in a final resolution to the pain! Funny photos of treating ailments. Leaving on a short trip, will catch up on your condition on my return.

    1. The photos were all taken during my trip to the Netherlands. We visited a fairy tale amusement park. The first photo is actually a waste basket: you throw something in its mouth and it says thank you. The second is the dentist in olden day Arabia, although it would fit almost anywhere I guess and the third photo is a completely random photo.

      Have a great trip!

  5. A tennis ball? That is huge! I had uterine fibroids the size of oranges, though, so is that the same size? Removing them was not fun! It was back in 1999. Keep me updated, please! I'll worry for you.


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