Wrought with Worry
November 28, 2006 5:24 PM Subscribe
FullPanicModeFilter: Have you every had a biopsy, or a surgically removed tumor that was benign and the doctor wanted to see you sooner than your previously scheduled appointment?
posted by LoriFLA to health & fitness (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
-34 year old female, two children, no history of medical problems.
-Having prolonged, heavy menstrual periods that were lasting 11-14 days since August. I knew this was abnormal, but wasn't overly concerned because the periods came like clockwork without breakthrough bleeding or spotting. Somehow I thought I was just having a bad month and that the periods would return to normal but they didn't.
-Saw the GYN in early November because of symptoms. He scheduled an ultrasound and sent me for blood work.
-Went in last Tuesday because I had thought my uterus had prolapsed and I was gushing blood like my leg was cut off.
-Upon examination it was discovered that my uterus wasn't prolapsed but it was a prolapsed tumor, believed to be a fibroid. The tumor originated in the uterus and was hanging by a stalk that had prolapsed through the cervical os and into the vagina. Fibroids can do this as well as malignant uterine tumors. The same with bleeding. Both can cause heavy bleeding.
-Went for a D&C on this very same Tuesday. Doctor excised the tumor and sent it to pathology. On this very same day before my procedure I scheduled a follow-up appointment for Dec. 5.
-After the D&C last Tuesday, while I was in recovery, the doctor talked to my husband in the waiting room, drew a diagram, and explained that he believed it was a fibroid.
-This afternoon the nurse calls and says "Dr. XYZ wants to see you in the morning to discuss the results from your surgery." I explained that I had just started a new job, and I was working all day tomorrow, could it possibly wait? The nurse said something like, "He really wants to see you in the morning, could you come at quarter till 8 and then head off to work?" I said OK.
I am now very worried and concerned that the tumor may be malignant. If the tumor was benign would he need to see me tomorrow? My instincts thinks something is very wrong, but I don't want to jump to conclusions.