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March 22nd, 2010, 09:08 PM
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So I had my Dr. appointment today to discuss my symptoms. I saw a doctor in the reproductive endocrinology department at the University Health Center about an hour from our house.

So anyway, if you don't remember, my symptoms start at 3DPO ( pain radiating down my left leg, left buttock pain low back pain) and actually get better when AF arrives.

My appointment went well? I guess? The doctor was very nice. I brought my ovulation charts over the past 3 months and had written my symptoms from each month down. She doesn't think I have endo. I don't fit the typical "endo profile" (which I already knew), b/c I don't really have painful periods, or heavy periods, or pain during intercourse, and b/c my symptoms didn't start until I was 24 years old (2 years ago.) But on the other hand (and this is what kind of bothers me), she really had no explanation for what is causing my symptoms. She actually seemed kind of baffled. She said she thinks the pain could be caused by the hormones released after ovulation, or by my ovaries pressing on my sciatic nerve. But when I asked her why the pain is ALWAYS on my left side, never on my right and wouldn't it make sense that it would be on the right side when I ovualate on that side, she was like, "Hmm. Now that's a good question. You're right, that doesn't really make sense."
She did do an ultrasound to check for cysts and said everything look "gorgeous" and I have a big old dominant follicle on my left side. She also said my charts were "beautiful" and I am clearly ovulating (no news to me). She did say that she can't garuantee that I don't have endo without doing a lap, and that if I'm not pg in 6 months or the pain gets worse, to come back in and we *could* discuss doing a lap. But she's sure I'll be pregnant by then. She said she doesn't think I'll have any trouble getting pregnant.
In a way I wonder if it was a bad idea to see a RE. I mean, this doctor has patients down the hall that have been trying for years to get pregnant. And then in comes me. I got pregnant on my own after 6 months of trying, and that was less than 2 years ago. I gave birth 14 months ago and have only had 4 periods since I quit BFing and only 3 chances to get pregnant. So while I didn't feel at all like she blew me off or anything, I kind of felt like she thought is was just miraculous that I'm ovulating (since she said most of her patients don't on their own), and since I've gotten pregnant before, just assumes I can't have anything like endometriosis.

So, I'm not sure what to think. I'd love to think she's right. That I don't have endo, that I'll get pregnant within the next few months. But what if she's wrong?
So that was my day. Any thoughts or input would be terrific.
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March 25th, 2010, 10:01 PM
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Hmmmm....No one has anything to say?
I'm started to get worried all over again. I'm not sure I'm going to wait the full 6 months before going back to her and discussing the lap. If I'm still having these symptoms and I'm not pregnant by July, I'm heading back to her office lickety-split.
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March 26th, 2010, 07:07 AM
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Well I can't say for sure you don't have endo just like she can't. But...I think it may just be best to give it some time before seeing anyone else. Just because you have had a child without help doesnt mean you dont have endo doesnt mean you don't have it. I know that I was able to get pg 3 times before my lap & having my son. They all sadly ended in a m/c.

I would give it two more full cycles and see where you stand hun. She is right that it is awesome you are O'ing on your own!

Sorry if I am not much help with offering advice. Me personally Ive been trying for 15months and have been scared of trying any sort of help but in May I have my appt to get help with getting pg so yeah. Its a personal decision only you can make hun

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March 26th, 2010, 07:44 AM
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March 26th, 2010, 09:06 AM
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Ditto Crys. She nailed it on the head. However, I have to add that I didn't have too many symptoms until AFTER DD was born, outside of a hellish period here and there. Despite what people say, I firmly believe that Endo can be triggered by pregnancy and childbirth.

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March 26th, 2010, 07:16 PM
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I agree with the others. There isn't one certain thing that you can say "yes it's endo". It can grow everywhere from your brain down. I would give it a few more months then go see another doctor if you have to. It took me almost 5 years and 5 different doctors to get a diagnosis.

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