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February 23rd, 2011, 08:22 PM
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My god I swear my life has been a neverending ball of GRRRRR lately!

So I have had my period nearly a month now. I have extremely irregular periods, but this is getting out of hand. I had a fairly heavy period for about 2 weeks, and stopped for about a week. Started my period again, and I haven't stopped bleeding. In fact, it's been getting progressively heavier. I had my yearly exam last week and everything came back fine, so it's not an STD causing problems. I was told I can't take hormonal BC because they trigger headaches, and with me having a migraine problem... that won't work.

So finally, yesterday I am bleeding through tampons AND pads combined within an hour. TMI here... but I had to use the tampon because I was having such large blood clots that the tampon was the only thing holding them in to somewhat slow them down because I kept bleeding on my clothes and out of the pads without them. I missed school because of it, I didn't want to risk walking around with a giant bloodstain.

Today I wake up and Im still bleeding hard. I called my doc and she called in a prescription of progesterone to help stop the bleeding. She said this should stop it, but it might not. If it doesn't, I'll have to go in and see what the heck is going on. I couldn't get to my doc since they were swamped and an hour away from me. Can't go tomorrow because I can't miss class again.

I have always had a heavy period, but this is out of control. For me to say it's too heavy means a lot, because I am used to having a heavier than normal flow.

Any of you guys experience this? I'm STD free, not on any birth control, no IUD, the only real change I've had is an increase in nortriptyline (for head pain) and I couldn't find any correlation between the medicine and periods.

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February 24th, 2011, 09:52 AM
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I don't mean to be alarmist, but if I were in this situation, screw class.. that's more than the "go to the ER" quantity of blood directly after giving birth, when you're supposed to be bleeding for a month straight.. *comfort*
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February 24th, 2011, 11:28 AM
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I agree. You need to go to urgent care. Are you sure you can't miss class? I would think with proof that you had to go to the doctor ASAP, you could make up the work.
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February 24th, 2011, 12:09 PM
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I go through similar things every few months but I also tied my tubes 4 years ago so that may or may not determine what's up w/me. I would definitely make certain to go to the doc and get a pelvic ultrasound. It is possible for you to have endometriosis without it being detected during a routine exam.
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February 24th, 2011, 04:12 PM
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I did go to class today, and the meds have made it slow down a lot.

I really can't miss class, I mean I'm sure my professor would have understood, but I missed last Thursday because of a migraine, and we are allowed 3 absences without our grade dropping. I have to get an A to bring my GPA up, so a grade dropping would seriously hurt my GPA.

To add onto it, my stepdad has cellulitis in the face (almost went to the ER for it) and Tony thought he broke his foot (went to the ER today). I swear everyone but Lily is broken, lol.

I'm just glad it's slowed down. No more large clots and it's actually less than my normal period flow. I have to take this for 10 days and hopefully it won't come back. It will be nice to not be bleeding!
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March 10th, 2011, 09:32 PM
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Going to the doc in the morning because the bleeding still hasn't stopped. Was taken off the hormones because it was making it hard for me to breathe (I don't react to hormones well at all). So back to square one, trying to figure out just what the heck is going on
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March 10th, 2011, 09:59 PM
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How old are you? Are you done having kids?
My cycles started getting out of control. Before I got pregnant with Ivy they were scary heavy. Then when I was TTC with Ivy, I didn't even get pregnant on cycle 1. Which is odd for me. I was pregnant 5 times before her and ALL were on cycle 1.
Then when she was 9 months old I started cycling again---They kept getting heavier and heavier, and longer time between each one. When I was younger my cycles were perfect being 27-29 days apart and lasting 4-5 days of bleeding. But over the past few months my cycles got 35-38 days apart with spotting 3-4 days before and after my actual period which lasted 5 days on its own with extremely heavy bleeding. There were a few times I was about to go to the ER but chickened out.
I don't react well with hormones either...Just Wednesday morning I had a tubal ligation followed by endometrial ablation. The ablation burns away the endometrium, and basically I'm probably never going to have a period ever again. If I do, it will be roughly 90% lighter than what my usual was.
BUT, I'm done having kids, and I'm over 30. If you ever want to have another kid then this is not an option for you.
The doctor did put me on the mini pill for just over a month to prep my uterus and thin the lining and I have to say that that was a huge help. The cramps were practically non existent and the bleeding was minimal. That would have been the perfect solution had I been willing to take long term hormones.
Other than an ablation or hysterectomy, I can't think of anything non hormonal that will reduce periods. You might want to try the mini pill, it's a very low dose of hormones, and just see if that works for you at all. In the month and a half I took it in prep for the surgery I didn't have any adverse reactions.
But I will ditto all the ladies that have said to get to an urgent care facility. Bleeding THAT much is just plain not safe. With a doctor's excuse your teacher will give you extra time to finish assignments so you get the A's you need. My adviser told me if I needed an extension this week to just send her the doc's note and she'd handle it. Seriously, I can't see them penalizing you for needing emergency medical care.
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March 11th, 2011, 07:06 AM
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I'm 27, and up in the air about kids. I want one more, but my SO is thinking he is done. All in all, if anything needs to happen I have my one kiddo and that's fine with me.

The thing about hormonal bc is that I have a headache problem, which can be triggered by certain hormones. Then I couldn't breathe on the one I was on. Double-edged sword it seems to be

I'll update later today if I get any answers about what is going on. My appointment is for 1pm, so I'll be online some time after that to update

**crosses fingers**
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March 11th, 2011, 09:21 AM
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I don't mean to be alarmist, but if I were in this situation, screw class.. that's more than the "go to the ER" quantity of blood directly after giving birth, when you're supposed to be bleeding for a month straight.. *comfort*
yeah that! Go get checked out and get a doctors note. If the professor wants to be an ***** about you missing class you can fight it cause it was a sick absence, not just because you felt like it. I missed an entire week last week and my professor excuses my absences because of my doctors note.
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March 11th, 2011, 04:46 PM
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So here is the deal! I went and saw my doctor and he sent me to the OBGYN next door for an ultrasound. I got an ultrasound which showed a few polyups and possible precancerous or cancerous fibroids. I am also severely anemic. He said that I was severely anemic for someone at sea level, much less in the mountains. So I am put on iron supplements for the time being.

It comes down to next Friday I am having surgery for essentially a high tech D&C. I will have everything scraped and removed and sent off to determine if it's cancerous or not. I will also have an IUD inserted to hopefully ward off future polyups, plus it may help my headache problem with the hormones. I thought it was the hormones I was taking that made it hard to breathe, and it's due to how severely anemic I am. He also explained how it explains how tired I have been, so getting this iron in me should make me feel much better.

My sister is telling me to research this a bit because everyone that she has known that has had severe polyups and fibroids like this has eventually needed a hysterectomy. I don't want one at 27 and I am not done having kids... but I have one kid and if it comes down to it, that's what needs to be done. I'm a little upset but it is what it is. I have my one kid and what a great kid she is Tony has a son as well so ya know, it's not as if I'm childless. I'm just glad to have these answers, ya know?

I'm on a different hormone to hopefully help stop the hormone or at least lessen it. They said my uterine lining is extremely thick, so definitely some stuff is going on down there. My Mom needed a hysterectomy at my age, I was told I'd never have kids, I have one and I'm thankful for that.

So for now it's just taking meds, some pain pills, and wait until Friday! I've never been put under for a procedure, so that is a little intimidating but I've heard my friends talk after they went under so I'm sure I'll be saying some funny stuff, lol.
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March 14th, 2011, 02:31 PM
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Thank you insurance for covering all but 200 of the surgery and the IUD. I'd be ****** screwed without it!
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March 23rd, 2011, 05:03 PM
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Didn't realize I didn't update this...

So surgery went well, going under was kind of scary. I just remember the OR doctor telling me to breathe deeper and next thing I know I'm waking up. I had an asthma attack right as I was coming out of the anesthesia, so that was a little scary but all was okay. I did not have the IUD placed in because they wanted to get the pathology reports back before they placed it in.

Today I was gone and they called and made an appointment for Monday... yet I have an appointment Friday to get the results. I have no idea why I am getting this extra appointment, I have to call tomorrow and find out what is going on. It's for 2 different doctors... so I'm not sure if that is good or bad news?!

I am just a wee bit stressed, I just want the results. Hard to have a clear mind for things when you have no idea what the tests say. They removed quite a bit of tissue, but all things aside I really haven't had any ill effects from the surgery.

I will say this... as minor as that surgery was, it was HARD on my body. I was so extremely sore, I felt like I took a ride in a dryer. I hurt a lot, all over my body. It really, really hurt to move the day after. I am not sure if that's from how hard I was coughing all day (I always cough after an asthma attack, but they said this was normal from the gas anyways), but my body HURT! I am just glad I can move and not have to literally roll off of bed to get up!
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March 27th, 2011, 10:56 PM
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i wish id' have seen this before.

I take nortryptline for headaches, and I'm on hormonal birth control. with out the nortryptline I'd have constant headaches even with out the pill. And tho I get more while on the pill they're managable. I was to the point before the nortryptline that i was having 3-4 full blown aura migraine days a week. and the rest were just bad headaches. Im down to maybe 3-4 headaches in a month, and half the time I dont need meds to get rid of them.

you can take the pill, just need to adjust the dose of the nortrytpline. Ive not had to increase mine, tho Im sure if i did it would decrease me down in headaches. My headaches/migraines are stress/tension and hormone based.. Im hoping my move in a few weeks will decrease my stress levels and allow me to come OFF the medication since it is a class D and we will be considering having a baby in the next 18 months. I was told I should be off it for 3 months or more before trying for a baby.
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