“You are dealing with a unique mix of issues and symptoms.”
After blood work and a pelvic ultrasound, my gynecologist laid out a couple of plans to help me get back onto the road to recovery.
As I have learned, a bit of hope, home cooking, and teamwork goes a long way!
According to my gynecologist, a lot of my symptoms were stemming from chronic pain (caused by an endometrial polyp) and chronic fatigue (iron deficiency). The mix of the two is enhancing my irritability and reducing my ability to handle what would be normal everyday stress to me.
His suggestion was two-fold:
- Remove the polyp to reduce the constant cramping
- Install an IUD (An intrauterine device; a small, often T-shaped birth control device that also reduces or eliminates periods) to reduce my menstruation cycle (even without a polyp I have heavy and prolonged cycles). This will give my body a fighting chance to raise my iron (ferritin) above symptomatic levels (over 50; mine is hovering at 15).
My general practitioner agreed with the gynecologist and proposed a plan to increase my iron, hiring my dosage for the next three months to raise the levels. Then we evaluate the lethargy, energy and emotional stability for three to six months.
If I am still struggling, then we will consider further investigation or even possible (really) early menopause.
My surgery to remove the polyp and insert the IUD is scheduled for this Wednesday.
The glimmer of hope that I may be back to my normal sense in a few months has made the reoccurring setbacks and pain more bearable.
The new iron routine has helped to increase a bit of my energy lately. Last Wednesday, I had one of my most productive days since March. I wrote blogs, had breakfast with a friend and even went grocery shopping. All in one day!
The hubster and I are working to incorporate more iron into our diet. He is making steak and bean chili to boost my levels wtih his skills! I have started using Gluten-Free pasta (turns out, pasta made with white bean or chickpea flour has 15% of daily iron allowance) and adjusting my morning routine to accommodate my iron supplement.
Teamwork. We are learning.
Three to six months, I’ll be back to myself.