Monday, 25 February 2019

Waiting for a Laparoscopy


laparoscopy

Last week, I had yet another hospital appointment with the gynae consultant. 

At my last appointment, the Consultant put me on a course of treatment to see if it helped to treat my IBS and in turn, resolve the pain I've been experiencing. It didn't so whilst there he booked me in to have a laparoscopy.  He explained to me that a laparoscopy can be used to help diagnose conditions within the pelvis or abdomen and some surgical procedures can be carried out, e.g. removing tissue samples.  

I was almost a little reluctant to go ahead with the procedure as I feel like I'm wasting everyone's time with going back and forth so much and nothing showing up. The Consultant reassured me that this isn't the case and even if the laparoscopy doesn't show anything up, they know that they've exhausted all avenues and can refer me to the pain clinic who will be able to help me get the pain under control.  

We went through the pre-op paperwork and all of the risks were explained to me such as bleeding and the potential need for a transfusion, damage to my bladder or bowel and more. All of which are, quite frankly, terrifying. The thought of having blood loss again scares me rather more than anyone can imagine (I had a haemorrhage after giving birth to E) but the paperwork has been signed and I am going ahead.  I have to remind myself in the faith I have in the Doctors and that I was just unlucky previously.   

So now I just wait for the appointment to arrive.  On the whole, I feel positive about having it done. As I was told, at least one way or another we will know if there is something actually there, causing pain. Endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease were both mentioned. And if nothing shows up, it will be chalked up to chronic pain with a referral to the pain clinic, which can only be a good thing. 

Whilst the pain first started in 2015, it was around this time last year that the pain started to ramp and the beginning of the numerous hospital and Doctor appointments.  Its frustrating waiting for the appointments and results whilst still being in pain and with no idea whats causing it.  Here's hoping I don't have to wait too much longer.
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9 comments

  1. I hope it goes OK for you.
    The risks always sound so terrifying but I am sure you'll be OK x

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  2. I hope it's all clear or easily fixed. And more importantly, I hope the pain level drops to manageable. GOod luck! #TwinklyTuesday

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  3. I’m sorry to hear your going through such pain, couldn’t imagine what your feeling. But I hope it gets sorted soon #twinklytuesday

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  4. Good luck my lovely. I'll be thinking of you. The waiting is horrible. #TwinklyTuesday

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  5. This is interesting as I didn't know anything about this process . Fingers crossed you won't be waiting too long X #thisiswhereitisat2018@gmail.com

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  6. All just a waiting game. Hope the appointment arrives sooner than later. And that it throws some light on what is going on. #TwinklyTuesday

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  7. First time reading your blog. I'm so sorry you're going through such invasive testing at the moment. Just remember that this too shall pass. You'll be able to look back knowing you ticked all the right boxes to get to the answers you hope for. #twinklytuesdays

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  8. Wishing you all the very best. Nerve-wracking but hopefully once done you will have a clear path ahead and hopefully one pain-free #TwinklyTuesday

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  9. Poor you, Kate. I've had IBS too, although it's pretty much ok now as long as I avoid milk. Gluten is not ideal for me either, but it's so hard to resist! Hope you find answers soon and that they're favourable ones. Sending hugs.x #twinklytuesday

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